22 March 2014
We will be hosting the Sappi Mankele MTB Challenge, on the 22nd March 2014.
We are now part of the Rainbow series, so come take part and get seeded for the World Masters Marathon later this year.
The 65km race will be jam packed with bush tunnels, single track and of course a couple typical Mpumalanga climbs.
Sappi has given us the go ahead to use last years course again. This is my favourite course, the climb is a real dog but the single track is really amazing.
The 65km guy’s are in for a real treat! The climbs are tough but the views are out of this world. After conquering the first climb, you will be rewarded with some fast flowing single track. A nice rhythm section will get the legs back and ready for the next climb. The single track at the top of the mountain is flippen amazing, it makes you feel like a DownHill pro (just better looking). It’s a long section that spits you out into the next valley. 2km Bushtunnel followed by river crossings will keep you busy and then the climb to Mount Carmel. This is a steady climb with some lekker single track sections to break the long climb. From the Tower down is just absolute mountain biking, you can “KLAP IT” as fast as you can all the way home. This route makes you love and understand your bike.
35km’s of trail riding at its best. One monster climb and the party starts!!! Plenty Single track and Bushtunnels are on top of the menu. The first climb will make you think WHY ME?
But this only goes on for 4.5km’s then some lekker single track to wake you up, followed by a rhythm section around the sawmill and up to the drop in of the super cool Bushtunnel. Another small climb and you are at the Chicken farm and this where you can do your back flips, toe grabs & superman tricks. “Snakes and ladders” is fast and just mountain biking perfection.
12km Fun Ride. A well balanced ride for the youngsters and for the not so young. Who just wants to have, a fun time on their bikes. This is not a “sissy ride” you will be challenged with a couple of climbs and some nice single track sections.
2.5km Kiddies Race. The Burry Stander’s of the future. Its flat, its fast and the little maniacs love it. Parents can run with (if you can keep up) or you can watch them, from the four cross start.
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14km of single track, as well as boardwalks, bush tunnels,
river crossings and as always big climbs are some of the
things to look forward to. The Marathon is 60km of absolute
adrenaline pumping trails and if you get the chance to look
around, the views are breathtaking.
It’s going to be fast! One killer of a climb and then all the fun starts... Forest single track, bush tunnels, bridges, river crossings and some disc burning descents. After 9km of single track you will feel like the single track king!
15KM FUN RIDE:
This is where you will learn what MTBiking is all about.
Endless single track, board walks & some fun twisty stuff.
You will want to do another lap when you are done.
2.5KM SHORT TRACK
For the little ones
Sappi makes major commitment to
mountain biking in Mpumalanga
Sappi confirmed that they are increasing their support for mountain bike racing which uses Sappi land. To this end Sappi have agreed to take up the naming rights of the popular Mankele Mountain Bike Challenge, which will now be called the Sappi Mankele Mountain Bike Challenge. “Sappi’s plantations not only provide a critical renewable resource to help grow South Africa’s economy, but together with our conservation areas our land provides a fantastic resource for planned recreational activities. We therefore support non-motorised activities such as mountain biking and bird watching on Sappi land, also as part of our commitment to promoting a healthy life style and nurturing an appreciation for nature and the sustainable use of renewable resources” says Regional Forestry Manager, Duane Roothman.
The Sappi Mankele MTB Challenge will be taking place on Saturday, 02 April 2011 on Sappi’s land near the Sudwala Caves, about 30km from Nelspruit. The event offers a number of races, which includes a 2.4km, 12km, 35km and a 65km race.
Over the years the organising body, Mankele Mountain Biking, has developed unique trails running through Sappi’s bush tunnels and endless single tracks, which enables riders to have the best possible mountain biking experience. Sappi’s property also boasts one of the longest bush tunnels in the country, which makes for an exhilarating ride. The route will also take riders through beautiful grasslands where, if lucky, the riders may spot red data species such as the Oribi buck and Humilis cycads.
Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in South Africa and the Sappi Mankele MTB Challenge is fast becoming a national event with riders from across the country participating. The race has seen a 30% growth rate increase per year since the event first started in 2008, and the Mankele trails are rated amongst the best mountain biking trails in South Africa by many professional riders.