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EZULWINI – Inyatsi Swazi Frontier Mountain Bike (MTB) race continues to be a preferred race for cyclists across the globe.

The three-day pair’s stage race, which is held over three days in the north-west corner of Eswatini, takes centre stage between October 11 and 13.
During a launch of the iconic event before guests led by Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs Christopher Gamedze at eMfuleni Lifestyle in Ezulwini last night, one of the organisers, Lesley Foss disclosed that the event was now in the top 300 races in the world alongside South Africa’s Cape Epic.
“Since its launch, it has attracted cyclists from about 20 countries,” she said.

For this year’s race, Foss disclosed that the competitors would be from seven countries that include Eswatini, Canada, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, among others.
The race, which is mainly for daring and adventurous cyclists, is limited to 90 teams.

There are categories for men and women pairs, mixed teams, mkhulus (average age 50+) and buffaloes (total team weight 180kg+), among others.
It will start at Hawane and there will be stops at Bulembu Country Lodge, Pigg’s Peak Hotel and then Maguga Lodge. About 180 kilometres are covered after three days.
Entry fees range between E14 900 and E15 700 and they include accommodation, bike wash, medical services and meals, to mention but a few.

Like in previous years, the launch would not be complete without snippets of the terrain. The route is punctuated with river crossings, climbs and foot bridges. Completed projects along the route, especially a preschool, were also showcased. It was announced that more projects were in the pipeline.
Inyatsi, who are the title sponsors, were represented by John Hamilton on the podium, and he shared the company’s joy on being part of the festivities and uplifting communities.

Total is the supporting sponsor, and company representative Sindi Horton stressed that it was fulfilling when the cyclists took to the trails, throwing her office’s full weight behind the project.

Also witnessing the launch was Cycling Association of Swaziland President Sihlangu Nhlabatsi, who lauded Inyatsi for always supporting the sport.
It was highlighted that there would be a lot of newcomers even this year and they were dubbed ‘virgin riders’, much to the applause of those in attendance.

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