uBhejane Xtreme MTB
Challenge Media Release
Written by: Dave Macleod
Cochran aims to take uBhejane Xtreme MTB
challenge even further
Hillcrest - Having done his first uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge
last year, Hillcrest cycling enthusiast Ewan Cochran has set himself a
massive target of completing 2000 km on a bike to contribute to the
annual Project Rhino fundraiser.
Cochran, who is more a road racer than a mountain biker, toughed out the
250km ‘Short Horn’ ride last year in testing heat, winds and ultimately
thunderstorms, and the 46 year-old returned determined to do the ride
again in 2018 as a personal challenge.
“I wanted to set myself a challenge,” he explained. “Whether you do the
full 340km or the 250km ride, it is a long day in the saddle and a
personal achievement to complete.
“Project Rhino is a great cause, so I decided to set a goal of
completing 1 750km in training for the ride, and then the 250km of the
actual ride to take me to a 2 000km uBhejaneX.
“It is a cunning plan to try and make a meaningful contribution to the
Project Rhino fundraiser,” he added.
“I am not very good at this fundraising thing, so I am asking people to
donate 20 centres per kilometre, which will only come to R400 when I
complete the 2000km.
”Everything I do in training is there on my Strava account so anyone can
check that I am doing the miles!” he chirped.
Cochran’s gruelling training regime involves three days training on an
indoor static bike at Cadence Cycling Performance Centre in Hillcrest,
doing 60 kilometres a day, and then riding 50km each Friday, 100km every
Saturday and 60km on Sunday. “Then I head for the couch for a day,” he
“It is a personal challenge, but the fundraising side is suddenly taking
off and become a double motivator for me, because I know feel that every
kay I ride is making a difference to the Project Rhino programmes, which
keeps me going.”
He can be reached via his Facebook page
Those interested in taking
part may apply to enter, donations can be submitted and more information
can be found via the event’s website, www.ubhejanex.org.
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Ewan Cochran (left) seen here
with cycling commentator Phil Liggott at last year's uBhejaneX MTB
Challenge, is planning to ride a total of 2000km as his contribution to
the rhino conservation fundraiser that is at the heart of the uBhejaneX MTB
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