Down the Spine of the Dragon with a vision

2012-08-20 00:00

TODAY, three mountain bikers will embark on a memorable journey.

The trio, Rohan Surridge, Craig Mackrory and Danie Nel, will ride the full route of South Africa’s 3 500 km Spine of the Dragon Mountain Bike Trail, which was conceived, explored and set up by two mountain biking visionaries in 2011.

Surridge, leader of the expedition and owner of Detour Trails, said it is their intention to help further establish and publicise the Spine of the Dragon route and to plan what they hope will become an annual running of the trail.

“But most importantly, we are using this adventure as a platform to highlight the need for broad-based conservation without which, accessible land for mountain biking will eventually disappear.

“The current plight of our rhinos represents the need for us to take action, so we’ve chosen to raise awareness of this and funds for the Rhino Anti-poaching unit of the Magqubu Ntombela Foundation.”

Those interested in donating money can visit www.detourtrails.co.za for more information. The trip starts at the top of South Africa, Beit Bridge, and will follow the length of the Drakens­berg Mountain Range and finish at Cape Point.

They plan to finish the trail in 42 days. A celebratory dinner will be held in Cape Town on October 5, to welcome them home, but also to launch a guide book about the trail, Riding the Spine of the Dragon, written by the two mountain biking visionaries, David Bristow and Steve Thomas.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.