uBhejane Xtreme MTB
Challenge Media Release
14 Nov 2019
Nixon to continue his uBhejaneX love affair
Durban – One of the last remaining four ‘Lions’ of the ABSA Cape Epic
Mike Nixon will be back to tackle the Short Horn at this year’s uBhejane
Xtreme MTB Challenge from the Umvoti Toll Plaza to Hilltop Camp in the
Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve on Saturday, 7 December.
The Cape Town resident is one of the few riders that has completed every
Absa Cape Epic since the race’s inception in 2004 and will once again
take part in 2020 Epic with one of the few remaining Cape Epic
‘Lionesses’ Hanelee Steyn.
In the build-up to their 2020 Epic the pair has decided to pilot a ride
that will take them fifteen days from Stellenbosch to the Eastern Cape
border, through the Karoo, and then back to the Mother City via the
“We originally planned to do a Freedom Challenge in reverse and finish
in Zinkwazi where we would join the uBhejane,” Nixon said.
“But unfortunately I have to be in Cape Town in the first week of
December so we have set up this ride, which we are calling the Southern
Cross, which will be around 1800km over the fifteen days starting on 16
“We wanted to do this because there isn’t a ride where you see the best
of the Western Cape. This year it will just be us and a Land Rover
averaging around 110km each day.”
Nixon’s involvement in the Kingsley Holgate Foundation sees him form
part of the expedition team that travels throughout Africa trying to
improve the lives of the people in some of the most remote areas of the
The 61 year-old has a strong relationship with the uBhejane Xtreme
having taken part in the event in its first year. This year will be the
sixth edition of the race and Nixon’ss third as he prepares to take on
the 250km Short Horn ride.
“I did the full one in the first year and that was incredibly tough. I
missed a year then came back and did the 250km ride, missed last year
and will ride my third this year.
“I work a lot with conservation and work closely with Kingsley Holgate
and his foundation so it is an event that is close to my heart.
“Conservation is a space that I am also involved with and having events
like this make it far easier for us to make a difference,” he added.
Despite Nixon’s impressive build up to the 250km slog along the North
Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, he knows that the uBhejane Xtreme is an event
that is always going to be a challenge.
“I have heard that last year they hit quite a severe headwind which
makes it that much harder to keep up a consistent speed on the bike.
“Riding 250km is never easy but I know that it will be a great day out
for us and it’s fantastic to see how the local community gets involved
in supporting the ride.”
can be found via the event’s website, www.ubhejanex.org.
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One of the four remaining Absa
Cape Epic Lions Mike Nixon will be back to take part in his third
uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge when he takes part in the 250km Short Horn
in aid of rhino conservation on Saturday, 7 December.
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