uBhejane Xtreme MTB
Challenge Media Release
Written by: Kyle Gilham
Global icons join uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge
Durban – Kingsley Holgate, Sibusiso Vilane and Phil Liggett have thrown
their weight behind the 2016 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge which takes
place from Hillcrest to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve on Saturday 10
December and seeks to raise invaluable funding for anti-rhino poaching
organization, Project Rhino KZN.
The world renowned trio will all be involved in the gruelling 340km
mountain biking event in one way or another and are eager to see the
event’s success aid in the success of the survival of the highly
endangered species for which the ride stands.
“We are extremely grateful for the commitment all of Kingsley, Sibusiso
and Phil have made to our event and cannot wait to have them involved in
their various capacities during this year’s ride!” says event organiser,
“All three of them stand for wildlife conservation, and rhino protection
in particular, in one way or another and their belief in our uBhejane
Xtreme serves as a great motivator for us, especially while we’re cycling
such a vast distance in just sixteen hours across off-road terrain and
often in some really testing conditions,” he adds.
With what is being described as the deadliest time yet for Mama Afrika's
rhino and elephant populations, Holgate – a globally recognized explorer
and humanitarian – and his Kingsley Holgate Foundation’s wildlife
conservation arm have moved in to help.
“I’ve had the good fortune in my lifetime to adventure to every single
country on the African continent where sadly I’ve witnessed the decimation
of our wildlife first hand,” explain Holgate.
“The Zambezi Valley, for example, once the stronghold of rhino and now not
a single animal left!
“And that’s why I salute those taking part in the uBhejane Xtreme; I
salute you for your courage, your tenacity and your fitness to tackle what
will arguably become the toughest one day mountain bike events in the
world, and all for the preservation of our rhino!
“Good luck and I look forward to seeing you all on the day.”
Vilane touched hearts of millions and inspired a nation on 26 May 2003
when became the first black African to successfully summit the earth’s
largest and most fearsome mountain, Everest.
The adventurer and mountaineer is also one of a handful of South Africans,
and the first black African, to achieve the feat of climbing each of the
Seven Summits – the seven highest peaks on each of the seven continents –
and is also a patron of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Conservation
“I’m really looking forward to getting involved in the uBhejane Xtreme
this year,” says Vilane ahead of his involvement in the event’s shorter
240km Short Horn ride.
“I will be riding 240km in support of the campaign as this gives me the
chance to do something special, something extreme to help these endangered
Liggett, the ‘voice of cycling’ the world over, will too take to the
saddle on 10 December in support of the uBhejane Xtreme as he and his
wife, Trish, complete the final 35km from the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game
Reserve gate to Hilltop Camp, proudly bearing the colours of their rhino
protection organisation, Helping Rhinos.
“There has never been a better time to help these poor creatures because
they’re now being hunted to extinction and the poachers have moved in to
KwaZulu-Natal!” says Liggett.
“It’s going to be a great challenge and I can’t wait to see everyone on
The 2016 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge takes place from Hillcrest to
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve on Saturday 10 December. Those interested
in taking part may apply to enter by contacting event organiser, Mark
Carroll (076 570 1420) while donations can be submitted and more
information found via
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Globally recognised icons
Kingsley Holgate, Sibusiso Vilane and Phil Liggett will join the group of
mountain bikers taking 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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