Riders raise bucks for conservation

David Cairns and Andrew Maclachlan take a tumble at the Mfolozi River crossing

RIDERS were full of praise for the organisation of the Old Mutual Wild Series iMfolozi Challenge held on Saturday.
The event is not really a race, but more of a ride through stunning countryside not normally open to the public.

The 55km route saw riders leave the Cengeni Gate area at 8am and finish at the Centenary Centre in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

Second place finisher Jasper van Vessem about 2km into the ride at the Mhlolokazana Stream
PHOTOS: Larry Bentley and Malcolm Bartlett

Speaking after the event Wildlands Conservation Trust CEO, Dr Andrew Venter, announced that R135 000 had been raised for conservation.

Denis Fioret and Jock McKenzie ride side-by-side

The first rider home was Simon Rollo in 2:35, followed by Jasper van Vessem and Kevin Macridge in 2:46 and 2:53 respectively.

In the women’s category Christie van der Ryst finished first in 3:15.

A broken arm did not deter Adon Sinclair from competing

She was followed by Jill Lynch (3:32), with Zalene Muller in 3:49 making up the podium.

The ride was limited to 350 riders, of whom 322 finished, with the last rider arriving at the Centenary Centre in a time of 8:13.

Third woman finisher, Zalene Muller, carries her bike through the water at the Mfolozi River crossing

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Larry Bentley
Journalist / Editor: Agri Eco

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