uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge Media
11 Dec 2020
Written by: Dave Macleod
Gruelling uBhejane Xtreme continues to raise awareness
Durban – The seventh edition of the uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge will
set off from Hillcrest in the early hours of Saturday morning as a group
of intrepid riders grind their way 350km to the new final destination of
Bonamanzi on the KZN North Coast to raise awareness and funds for rhino
conservation in the province.
Dubbed the iSimangaliso edition of the famous event, riders taking part
have to raise a set amount of money for Project Rhino and Helping Rhinos
to secure their spots in the various rides that take place on the day
but the 350km ride is often seen as the cornerstone of the event.
Riders use many of the farm roads that wind their way through the sugar
cane fields on the North Coast on their way to their final stop at
Bonamanzi. This year riders will have the added pleasure of riding
through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – one of South Africa’s most
famous World Heritage Sites.
The change to the final destination takes out the tough 30 kilometre
climb up to Hilltop Camp in the Hluhluwe/uMfolisi game reserve and while
the ride through iSimangaliso is flatter, it will add around thirty
kilometres to the days in the saddle for all the riders.
The other rides that take place during Saturday’s uBhejane Xtreme
include the 270km Short Horn where riders leave from the Umvoti Toll
Plaza and ride with the riders who are taking part in the full 350km
Both groups will then pick up the riders that take on the 130km Baby
Horn ride that starts in Empangeni. Here the riders who are riding the
Three Day Ride will also join up with the group for the final stretch to
There is also a 60km option for those that want to play their part and
it incorporates the section through iSimangaliso.
Over the years the event has attracted a number of high-profile
environmentalists and activists and this year former Cell C Sharks
fullback Joe Pietersen will return for his third crack at the 270km
Pietersen’s life after rugby has been running his non-profit
organisation Nkombe Rhino that raises awareness and funds around rhino
conservation in the area where the riders will be riding.
Despite the challenges of this year, organisers of the event are happy
that they are able to put on the uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge
iSimangaliso Edition and raise whatever money they can to help in the
fight against rhino poaching.
Those interested in donating can be submitted and more information
can be found via the event’s website, www.ubhejanex.org.
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The scenery throughout the KZN
North Coast will provide a spectacular backdrop for riders as they grind
their way to Bonamanzi in aid of rhino conservation at the 2020 uBhejane
Xtreme MTB Challenge on Saturday, 12 December.
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