FIVE DIFFERENT RIDES.
CONTRIBUTING TO THE SAME CAUSE...
It's almost time for the 2018 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge
DATES: 6-8 December 2018
EVENTS: 3 Day MTB Challenge | 340km Long Horn (One Day) | 240km
Short Horn (One Day) | 100km Baby Horn (One Day) | 35km Orphan (One Day)
WHERE: Hillcrest to Hilltop Lodge, Hluhluwe
ENTER: Fill in the application form
About the Ubhejane Xtreme
The uBhejane Xtreme Mountain Bike Challenge from Hillcrest to Hilltop
Camp, Hluhluwe in the height of KwaZulu-Natal’s summer and with a 16
hour cut-off time is arguably the toughest one-day MTB rides in South
This year we have expanded the expedition to include a three-day option
(Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 December 2018) while the famous one-day Long
Horn and Short Horn options and the 100km Baby Horn and 35km Orphan
rides will be ridden on Saturday 8 December 2018.
Starting at 02h00, the 340km Long Horn remains the ultimate endurance
test while the ‘easier’ 240km Short Horn event offers a more fun ride
that takes place at a more manageable pace but still remains a tough
challenge not to be sniffed at.
It is essential to understand that this is not a race! It is a ride to
be completed and as such each ride will have a Ride Captain who is
authorised to set an appropriate pace for the ride and to ensure that
ALL the riders stay together at that pace.
It is also weather dependent, and should any extremes of weather be
encountered we will adapt the ride accordingly.
The uBhejane Xtreme is a self-funded ride that does not have an entry
but does require participants to cover their own expenses as well as
raise a minimum of R5000 to be donated to rhino conservation in the
Almost R500 000 was raised in 2017! Over R170 000 was raised in 2015 and
over R250 000 in total in the first two years as well as R254 000 in
2016. All funds raised donated to the event’s official beneficiary,
Project Rhino KZN to be used for their various rhino protection
programmes such as maintaining the aerial support of the Zululand
Anti-Poaching Wing (ZAP-Wing) to 26 game reserves in northern KZN,
providing urgently needed anti-poaching training and other resources to
field rangers and game reserves, and community-based education and
awareness initiatives targeting primarily youth.
Support vehicles, courtesy of Land Rover, will be on hand to provide
assistance to riders throughout both the Long and Short Horn events
however in order to ensure the group makes camp by daylight – and limit
the risk of being eaten by a wild animal – stops are limited.
Upon completion of the uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge, all participants
spend the night at the magnificent Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe Game Reserve
where they will enjoy a delicious dinner and a rare opportunity to
listen to the renowned Kingsley Holgate before experiencing the
uniqueness of waking up and enjoying breakfast in the spectacular
All in all this is a difficult yet hugely rewarding cycling challenge,
for a fantastic cause and that you will struggle to forget any time
The 2018 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge takes place from Hillcrest to
Hluhluwe Game Reserve from 6-8 December. This year there will be five
different options for riders which includes a three-day event, a 340km,
240km, 100km and 35km ride.
Those interested in taking
part may apply to enter, donations can be submitted and more information
can be found via the event’s website,