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MBABANE – Inyatsi Swazi Frontier will be celebrating 15 years in October. In exactly four months, the international mountain bike race, Inyatsi Swazi Frontier, will be celebrating 15 years of existence.

This is an adventurous three-day mountain bike stage race that meanders through the rural and remote hills and valleys of northern Eswatini. The annual race attracts local and international cyclists from across the globe, with entries limited to 160.

The cancellation of cycling events leading up to August, as confirmed by Eswatini Cycling Association’s President Sihlangu Nhlabatsi in the past three weeks, leaves a glimmer of hope for the staging of the Inyatsi Swazi Frontier’s fifth edition race. The race route is unmarked and riders follow a Global Positioning System (GPS) track to find their way to the finish line each day.


 The daily distances are 60km and cyclists are offered a unique experience of Eswatini’s striking scenery.
Cyclists have their fingers crossed as they hope to have the race staged as planned, starting from October 8 until 10, 2020.

Local cyclist, Clinton McNamara, who managed to conquer a 180km challenge of the race in the year 2018, said that he was still in the dark with regard to the staging of this year’s race. He said that he, among other cyclists, was still waiting for a formal announcement from the government in light of the wide spreading COVID-19, which forced the suspension of sports activities since March.

“We still don’t know what to do. We are still waiting for directives on the way forward,” said McNamara.
The event’s coordinators Brett Foss and Lesley Foss said the 15th anniversary celebration of the race had been planned since the beginning of the year. They pointed out that the race was due to be held in the next four months and hoped that the COVID-19 regulations would have been eased in order to allow the event to continue as planned.

“In the meantime, we are working on a safety plan adhering to the World Health Organisation’s guidelines. We are monitoring the situation closely and we will give an update in due course,” read a correspondence sent by the coordinators.


They further expressed their sadness about the cancellation of numerous cycling events resulting from the spread of the virus. They also encouraged cyclists who had entered Inyatsi Swazi Frontier to continue training and hoped to reward them with a spectacular experience and incredible cycling along the exhilarating Swazi Frontier route.

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