uBhejane Xtreme MTB
Challenge Media Release
16 Oct 2019
uBhejaneX on the cards again for Vilane
Durban – One of South Africa’s most decorated adventurers and
philanthropists Sibusiso Vilane will return to the uBhejaneX MTB
Challenge once again in 2019 and will be stepping up to do the three-day
ride from Hillcrest to Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe for the first time in
aid of rhino conservation.
Vilane is a uBhejaneX veteran having taken part in a number of editions
of the event from the 250km event to the short 30km ride. With such a
busy schedule Vilane has made sure that he has managed to keep a spot
free for the uBhejaneX.
“I sat down and worked out that due to commitments and travel I am only
going to be able to ride the three day ride this year,” Vilane said. “I
have still been putting in some good training but it wasn’t going to be
enough to get me through the longer rides but to have two overnight
stops breaks up the event nicely for me.”
“With that said I am actually really looking forward to it because it
suits me naturally. My body adapts better to multi-stage events rather
than doing one long haul.”
This year will be the second edition of the three-day uBhejaneX and
Vilane is looking forward to the camaraderie of what a multi-day event
“When we meet up there probably won’t be too much said but as we get
going and start to become comfortable with one another then I can
definitely see some friendships being built.
“Especially with time off the bike together, that will help in us
getting to know one another and that adds another dimension to the
event,” Vilane added.
So although the back end of the year is fairly quiet for Vilane, it has
been a jam-packed 2019 and 2020 doesn’t look like it’s going to be much
lighter – but that is how he likes it.
“I said that I was going to challenge myself this year and I did! I did
the Everest Marathon and then came back and ran the Comrades a few days
“I rode the nine day joBerg2c race and then did back-to-back summits up
Kilimanjaro but now with this time off my body wants to keep going.
“People ask me if I get tired and I say that it’s my body that wants to
carry on. It is an attitude that I have developed over time and I cannot
His 2020 looks like it will include a trip to South America and the
Andes as well as the Himalayas. These trips are in conjunction with
another Comrades Marathon, interspersed with a number of other events.
As with many adventurers conservation is close to his heart and through
Vilane’s involvement with a number of conservation events, he continues
to try and make as much of a difference as possible.
“I try and do as much as I possibly can and I know that we need to do so
much more for endangered species, not just the rhino.
“I try to maximise my efforts when it comes to conservation and through
this, I try and spread the word and raise money for conservation.
“I couldn’t live with myself if we let these animals go extinct on our
watch and didn’t do anything to stop it,” he commented emotionally.
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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Renowned South African
adventurer Sibusiso Vilane is back to take on the 2019 uBhejane Xtreme MTB
Challenge from 5-7 December but this year he will be doing to three day
ride as he aims to raise as much money as possible to fight rhino
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