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SATIB Hluhluwe Rhino Charge MTB (BIG 5)

28 January 2015


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The weekend of the 24th/25th of July saw the SATIB Hluhluwe Rhino Charge taking place from the Hluhluwe Protea Lodge. This was the third of the Big 5 series, which are becoming more popular with each event thanks to great support from locals and excellent organisation from the event hosts. The distances on offer were the 50km, 25km and the shorter 10km for all those new to mountain biking and the younger children. The 25km was the event which attracted the greatest interest thanks to it being a good test of fitness as well as guaranteed fun with a smattering of single track between the faster sections of jeep track.

 The 25km route started out on relatively flat and fast roads before leading riders in to an undulating section which was topped off with a steep and heart-pumping climb to the split between the 25km and the 50km routes. From that point the 25km riders were treated to fast jeep track snaking its way back towards the start/finish. It was however not plain sailing; another undulating section through pineapple fields and a final climb which summated at the finish line meant riders were required to work hard in order to finish with a good time and position.

 The Hluhluwe Protea Lodge had made available showers in selected rooms which were well received by the tired and dusty riders. Special thanks must be made to the Hluhluwe Protea Lodge for accommodating the several hundred riders with regard to the provision of the showers and the never-ending supply of fresh towels! Finally, the organizers, Bridget and Gavin Dickson must be thanked for putting together a fantastic event! The next Big 5 event is eagerly anticipated!

3 comment(s)

Meg
Request: please batch the start next year. We had terrible bottle necks for km's with 10km and 25km riders.

Rob
The 47/50km was an absolute awesome ride. It had the best free flowing trails I have had the pleasure of riding...well guys.

Clint
Hi,
Have you got contact details for the photographer for your event?