The 2017 uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge will once offer riders a spectacular day on the bike taking them from Hillcrest in the leafy Upper Highway region to the Zululand Bush.

With over R250 000 raised in 2016, the event drew in a number of high-profile characters and 2017 will see the likes of former Springbok and Sharks centre Jeremy Thompson and Dusi Duke Martin Dreyer taking on the challenge. Returning in 2017 will be the “voice of cycling” and rhino conservation advocate Phil Ligget as well as inspirational adventurer and patron of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Leadership Group, Sibusiso Vilane.  With four different distance options open to riders, the Long Horn, Short Horn, Baby Horn and the Orphan, the varying distances will appeal to riders of all abilities. 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 province.

The challenge takes place on 9 December starting at the Cadence Cycling Performance Centre, Hillcrest and ends at the Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe. More info can be found at www.ubhejanex.co.za.