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 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.

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