uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge Media Release

 No: UX1705

08 Dec 2017

Embargo: None

 Written by: Nick Tatham

Hardcore mountain bikers up for uBhejane Xtreme challenge

Hillcrest - With rhino conservation making international news, the 2017 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge will once again do its bit for Project Rhino as a big group of riders tackles this endurance event from Cadence Cycling Performance Centre in Hillcrest to Hilltop Camp in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve on Saturday, 9 December.

The 340km between Hillcrest and Hluhluwe will test the fittest of riders so event organisers have decided that they will add in a number of different distances to try and attract more people to the event.

There is the full 340km Long Horn event, a 240km Short Horn ride, a 100km Baby Horn ride as well as a 35km ride inside the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve.

This year the event has attracted 76 riders across the various distances and with each rider having to raise R5000 to take part, the total is already at R 380 000 compared to the R253 000 that was raised in 2016.

34 gutsy Long Horn riders will start at 02h00 on Saturday morning at Cadence Cycling Performance Centre in Hillcrest, aiming to reach the Dolphin Coastal town of Ballito by sunrise and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve gates by 18h00 as they head for the finish line at Hilltop Camp.

Once again the event has attracted some highly influential individuals from both a riding and a support perspective. Names like Sibusio Vilane, who took part in 2016, Martin and Jeannie Dreyer, Jeremy Thomson and 'the voice of cycling' Phil Liggett will all be part of the 2017 event.

The event has managed to gain support from the likes of four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, philanthropist and environmentalist Braam Malherbe and Sri Lankan fashion icon Otara Gunawardena.

The sheer distance alone does however make this one of the most testing one day mountain biking challenges in the country and it will take resolute attitudes and much camaraderie within the groups to get everyone across the line.

The 2017 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge takes place from Hillcrest to Hluhluwe Game Reserve on Saturday 09 December. Those interested in taking part may apply to enter, donations can be submitted and more information can be found via the eventís website, www.ubhejanex.org.


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The 'Voice of Cycling', Phill Liggett (second from right) is back to take on the 35km stretch inside the Hluhluwe-iFolozi Game Reserve at the 2017 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge on Saturday, 9 December. Anthony Grote/
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Participants of the uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge head off into the darkness at the start of the 340km Long Horn event last year. It will be the same for the riders when they head off at 2am on Saturday, 9 December. Anthony Grote/
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Former Dusi Canoe Marathon winner Martin Dreyer (left) and Craig Greenland (right) charge through the dark during the early stages of the uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge last year. Dreyer will be back to tackle the 2017 edition with wife Jeannie. Anthony Grote/
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After completing the 1000km Munga this past week, Jeannie Dreyer will be taking on the 340km uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge from Cadence Cycling Performance Centre in Hillcrest to Hluhluwe Game Reserve's Hilltop Camp on Saturday 09 December. Anthony Grote/
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