The Imvelo MTB Classic is back
At the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary situated in Swaziland's 'Valley of Heaven', you'll soon be able to ride through the park on what has become one of Southern Africa's top mountain bike races: the Nedbank Swaziland Imvelo Mountain Bike Classic.
The Imvelo Mountain Bike Classic is hard to forget. This is mostly because the race is set in one of Swaziland's most beautiful parts. It's also a race, and there are so few of them, where you cycle past abundant herds of wildlife.
One of the attractions of Imvelo is the option between a 20km or 35km ride or a longer, more challenging 65km race.
The Hoglets race is especially designed for under 12s and their guardians (12.5kms) Families can partake in the Family Race (22km) with teams of two adults and two children (under 15).
At the finish you are met with a festive sight: outdoor picnic tables, a beer garden, a spit braai and other delicious foods.
The race takes place on 5 June 2010. In the time being, we've asked Mike Richardson of Big Game Parks Swaziland to share his race day tips.
- If you are traveling from outside Swaziland, don’t forget to bring your passport and R50 for driving tax.
- Mornings can be bitter and wet starts are on record, so layer yourself accordingly – it tends to heat up nicely as the day goes on.
- On the 64km Classic, the majority of climbing is near the end – save the legs and lungs for last!
- Use a good sun-block (very important) and watch what you eat on the race day.
- Stop for water and drinks at the tables en-route.
- Bring a camera to snap pics of hippos, crocs and plains game.
- Don’t party too hard at registration (Friday 4th June). You’ll need to save energy for the next day.
- Party very hard at the after party on Saturday evening.
- Spend the night in Swaziland and have a chilled drive back (or go ride parts again).
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