On the 8th of July 2017 we will be hosting our 7th annual Ngwenya Mountain Bike Challenge, last year we hosted over 300 hardy cyclists, and hope fully this year they will be back to savour the trails of Swaziland's highest altitude one day Mountain Bike Challenge.
Swaziland is a mountain bikers dream, with the most amazing scenery and diverse array of possible routes at many different altitudes. Due to our race being at high altitude it is great for high altitude training for other longer events and races. So get training!
70km Marathon – Start Time 8am
70 km’s of flowing trails consisting of jeep tracks, forest roads, cattle paths (single track) and unused railway lines, with a balance of undulating hills, steep climbs and wicked down-hills.
With altitude variances from 1350m to 1600m – the route was not for the faint-hearted or weak legged, a couple of cyclists from flatter parts of the country learnt a lesson or two about climbing and pacing themselves. These routes are open to you to come and enjoy throughout the year, give us a shout if you need directions.
We will be scouting for those single track sections to sweeten the route even more.
43km Classic – Start Time 9am
43km of enjoyable riding on jeep tracks, cattle paths (single track) and meandering forest roads. Ideal for the seasoned rider.
The route traversed the Motshane / Sicgangeni valley, heading into the hills towards Mhlabanyatsi some climbing was required.
Funds raised by the race have been used to purchase blankets and water projects for the local community through which we ride.