Wow, wat do i say to a ride and weekend like that??? Too many adjectives, but nothing short of excellent, brilliant, thrilling, stunning and and and!!!! Pls can u pass on my thanks to all involved that made it the finest ride of my 15 years of mtn biking, each day was better than the last and day three, well……….??? How do u better that for next year?
Sincere thanks and cant wait to do it again.
Hope you have managed to recover from the hectic weekend events! Just to thank you all for such a lovely weekend. It was good of you to have gone to so much effort to put on an outstanding event. Everything was very well done and much appreciated. A special note for the caterers – they were excellent. Makes such a difference to have plenty of food, and that so well presented and of quality.
Bob & Trish Henson
… what really made this event special was the friendliness of everyone involved. From the moment Jean collected us at the airport to when we climbed back on the plane, we were made to fell welcome and included. I realise that this is not something that is part of the ‘organising’, but it is this welcoming atmosphere that is my overriding feeling from the race and it is what makes this event unique.
Many thanks for a brilliant ride through some of the finest scenery to be found on the planet. Your organisation, route and especially catering were all excellent, thank you!!
Everyone loved it, quite a few think it is the best ride in the country, so well done to all of you. I am sure it’s an event that will be firmly placed in everyone’s calendar & you will have more entries next year. Certainly my group of 11, have all said they will do it again next year.
It really was three of the best days of riding I’ve ever done and the camaraderie, great views, fabulous route and interesting cultural interludes all made for a very special race. I think the highlights were the dwala climbs (and rapid descents!), challenging single track and rock-pool dip.
Many thanks for an awesome 3 days, great comradeship and despite gruelling climbs and long days very enjoyable.
“The Matobo MTB Challenge is a fantastic combination of technical mountain bike riding thrills, pure Africa, nature and history all within a world heritage site. For me it ranks as one of the best multi-stage events in the world and…:
– Is more technical and scenic than The Swazi Frontier (a great 3 day annual event in Swaziland)
– Has better food and much wider variety of trees that the Canadian TransRockies (7 day annual MTB event)
– Has less portage and has many more trees than Lesotho Thin Air (a 4 day annual extreme MTB get together)
– Is shorter than the Freedom Challenge! (annual extreme MTB race Pietermaritzburg to Cape Town)
– Has much better single track and technical climbs than Sani2C (3 day annual MTB race)
and it makes the Cape Epic look like a Monday morning ride through industrial wasteland!”
LEE “LJ” JOHN
During the past weekend over 30 riders participated in the above event in order to raise awareness of the Matobo World heritage Site and funding for the Matobo Conservation Society. The challenge covered over 200km in 3 days, from West to East, North to South incorporating the lowest and highest points of this area.
It took the Matobo Conservation Society 10 years to establish the Matobo Hills as a World Heritage Site, mainly thanks to Gavin Stephens, Iain Sheasby and others.
The ride celebrated this wonderful acknowledgment of such an exquisitively beautiful area.”
“Many thanks for a fantastic tour of the Matopos. I really enjoyed not just the beautiful scenery but the history too. I am really interested in it”
“Thanks so much for the unbelievable weekend.You have converted me into a Matobophile.”