Rain even­tu­ally floors in­trepid MTB rid­ers

Zululand Eyethu - - SPORT • EZEMIDALO - Larry Bent­ley

RID­ERS par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2017 uBhe­jane Xtreme on Satur­day raised R380 000 to­wards Project Rhino and their ef­forts to stop rhino poach­ing in KZN.

They had a gru­elling day in the sad­dle, but most were dis­ap­pointed when the fi­nal 35km from the Cen­te­nary Cen­tre to Hill­top Re­sort was can­celled.

A thun­der­storm, with driv­ing rain, broke just as the rid­ers were pre­par­ing to start the fi­nal leg.

The ‘voice of cy­cling’ Phil Liggett, who trav­elled to iM­folozi Game Re­serve to lead the fi­nal 35km Or­phan, did not get a ride, but was full of praise for those who had com­pleted their re­spec­tive dis­tances.

The ride lived up to its ‘ex­treme’ tag line as rid­ers bat­tled head winds and heat on the 340km Long Horn, the 240km Short Horn and 100km Baby Horn.

‘The heat and the head­wind just makes you ap­pre­ci­ate the cause so much more,’ said ad­ven­ture moun­tain biker Jean­nie Dreyer at the fin­ish of her 340km epic.

Larry Bent­ley

Pe­ter Corkin leads the 240km rid­ers across Per­ci­val’s Dam out­side Gingindlovu

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