uBhejane Xtreme MTB
Challenge Media Release
Written by: Kyle Gilham
KZN cyclists ride for rhinos at 2016 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge
Durban – A group of courageous mountain bikers are set to make a powerful
contribution to the fight against rhino poaching in KwaZulu-Natal when
they tackle the daunting task of cycling 340km from Hillcrest to Hilltop
Camp in Hluhluwe Game Reserve during the 2016 uBhejane Xtreme MTB
Challenge on Saturday 10 December.
The event is a combination of endurance, camaraderie and a unique bushveld
cycling experience, all the while keeping the underlying purpose of
helping protect the endangered species for generations to come top of
“Two years ago a small group of us were looking to test ourselves with a
really tough mountain biking endurance challenge and so the uBhejane
Xtreme MTB Challenge was born,” explains event organiser, Mark Carroll.
“The uBhejane Xtreme is all about the journey and is a grueling but social
ride rather than a race.
“There is no entry fee – instead we ask for participants to collect and
make a minimum R5000 donation to Project Rhino KZN – and participants are
responsible for all their own expenses along the way.
“There’s no doubting just how far 340km on a bicycle really is and the
speed required to get to the finish before sunset means we travel at a
blistering pace throughout, however we also get to explore some of the
province’s finest sights and scenery along the way,” he adds.
While taking in the views and digging deep to overcome the event’s
challenge, riders also remain focused on the key task at hand – helping
the rhino’s cause.
“Rhino conservation is something we are all passionate about and so from
the get-go we aligned ourselves with Project Rhino KZN and the fantastic
work they are doing to protect our rhinos throughout KwaZulu-Natal,” says
“Over the past two years we’ve raised over a quarter of a million Rand
that has been put to great use across Project Rhino KZN’s various projects
and programmes, and we hope to raise well beyond that figure during this
year’s third edition.”
Starting at Cadence Cycling Performance Centre in Hillcrest in the early
hours of the morning, cyclists head for the Dolphin Coastal town of
Ballito by sunrise before starting their trek towards Zululand’s great
focal point – Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
“After a tough day’s slog, the unique opportunity to immerse one’s self in
the African bush and it’s wildlife during those magical final 35km through
Hluhluwe Game Reserve is just indescribable.
“Accompanied by trackers on vehicles, participants cycle their way through
Big 5 country and we regularly see rhino, elephant and other wildlife
along the way.
“It really is a special experience for all.”
Further highlighting the event’s growing stature on the South African
cycling scene, 2007 Rugby World Cup winning duo, John Smit and Butch James
together with their fellow former Sharks stalwarts, Jeremy Thomson and
John Slade have confirmed their participation in 2016.
Global explorer and humanitarian Kingsley Holgate, world renowned mountain
adventurer Sibusiso Vilane and ‘the voice of cycling’ Phil Liggett have
also confirmed their involvement in this year’s event.
Vilane will complete the event’s 240km Short Horn option, Liggett joining
participants for the final stretch through Hluhluwe Game Reserve and
Holgate is set to welcome participants home at the completion of their
The evening then sees participants spend the night at the spectacular
Hilltop Camp where they will be treated to the to the opportunity to
listen to some of Holgate, Vilane and Liggett’s wealth of fascinating
tales and while enjoying a hearty potjie supper around the camp fire.
The 2016 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge takes place from Hillcrest to
Hluhluwe Game Reserve on Saturday 10 December. Those interested in taking
part may apply to enter, donations can be submitted and more information
can be found via the event’s website,
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A group of mountain bikers are
set to make a strong contribution to the protection of rhinos in KZN when
they take on the 2016 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge from Cadence Cycling
Performance Centre in Hillcrest to Hluhluwe Game Reserve's Hilltop Camp on
Saturday 10 December.
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