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Photo of the Week: Big Induna Mountain Bike Race, Western Kruger, South Africa

  • Andre and Erna Meintjies (Photo) Jaco Lubbe (Text)
  • 21 August 2011

The annual Big Induna Mountain Bike Race – hosted in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, on the edge of South Africa’s Kruger National Park – is now over for another year, but has once again left all participants with memories of a life-changing experience. Famous amongst MTB riders, this race take riders through some of the most picturesque and scenic indigenous forests in all of South Africa.

Photo of the Week (21 August 2011) - Big Induna Mountain Bike Race, Western Kruger, South Africa

A major draw is the opportunity to compete in a unique and spectacular environment. Forget the endless fire roads and jeep-track climbs that some races tend to rely on, where road-bike endurance tends to matter more than MTB skill. The Induna MTB Challenge provides an entirely different challenge for riders to get their teeth into.

Known for its hand-cut trails that snake through the forest, the course serves up a difficult mix of short sharp climbs, rock shelves, rooty drops and tricky switchbacks. Add a few shallow water crossings and even some single tracks beaten flat by hippos and you can see that the riders have their work cut out for them.

The Lowveld’s warm winter climate provides a comfortable environment for those who choose to camp at the race venue. As excitement builds before the race, the community spirit of the riders and spectators is a jovial and rewarding experience.

For those not up for competing, the race is an incredible event just to be around. But if you are looking for something to get the adrenaline pumping, there are plenty of activities available in the Western Kruger area.

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Jaco Lubbe

Jaco Lubbe is the owner of Induna Adventures, a one-stop adventure destination in South Africa and the whl.travel local connection Western Kruger. His passion for the outdoors and the people he has met along the way marinated his hobby into an everyday lifestyle. It is his passion to show everybody to life and experience life to the fullest.
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2 Responses to “Photo of the Week: Big Induna Mountain Bike Race, Western Kruger, South Africa”

  1. Jen says:

    Sounds like an awesome event Jaco. Nice one!

  2. Retreat says:

    Lovely and exciting to hear. Should be more exciting for the participants.

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