MTB ‘family affair’ awaits

2016-08-02 06:00
Photo: supplied Parents and their children are in for a bushveld mountain biking treat when they take on the trails and pathways of Tala Collection Private Game Reserve.

Photo: supplied Parents and their children are in for a bushveld mountain biking treat when they take on the trails and pathways of Tala Collection Private Game Reserve.

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THE 18km Stihl Tala Family Ride remains a key attraction of the annual Illovo Eston MTB Challenge, which takes place at Eston Farmers’ Club on Sunday 7 August, as mountain biking look to safely adventure through the spectacular wilderness of Tala Collection Private Game Reserve alongside family and friends.

While the sport’s top snakes battle it out for the overall spoils in the 60km Illovo Eston Marathon – the feature race of the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge – scores of riders young and old are expected to enjoy a slower paced, family-orientated time in the saddle during the 18km exploration through Tala.

“Tala is unusual as a Private Game Reserve in that it does not practice a policy of exclusivity but rather encourages daily outings with family and friends,” explains Tala Collection Private Game Reserve General Manager, Mike Nunan.

“Thus the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge, and the 18km Stihl Tala Family Ride in particular, fits perfectly into our philosophy of spending time with family in a safe conservation environment pursuing healthy activities,” he adds.

Parents and their children, novice mountain bikers and social weekend warriors alike all look forward to another chance to enjoy the bushveld’s trails and pathways while spotting the reserve’s variety of game from a distance, all in the safety of the Tala rangers’ watch.

“Tala has a long association with the Eston MTB Challenge and welcomes the opportunity to expose our reserve to the cyclists and supporters on race day again this year.

“It is all about family and friends enjoying themselves in a safe environment, all of which also contributes to our conservation efforts at Tala.” With the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge’s four events – 60km Illovo Eston Marathon, 40km aQuellé Half Marathon, 18km Stihl Tala Family Ride and 10km Omnia Kids Ride – offering a wealth of off-road adventure options, Nunan urges friends and families to enjoy themselves and make a day of the trip to the Eston region. “Have fun, be safe and respect the wonderful environment through which you cycle!” encourages Nunan.

“And once you’ve had a great time in the saddle, why not come visit us at Tala and enjoy a meal at Aloe Restaurant or a snack at the Rock Pools Tuck Shop?”

Families eager to take part in the 2016 Illovo Eston MTB Challenge are encouraged to submit their entries online before 31 July’s pre-entry closing date and take advantage of the event’s family special of a 15% discount off entries of four or more riders.

The 2016 Illovo Eston MTB Challenge takes place on Sunday, 7 August. Entries can be submitted via and more information can be found at - Supplied.

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