Last chance to enter the Imbuko Big 5 MTB Challenge

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The Imbuko Big 5 has huge climbs and some terrific singletrack descents. (Photo: Imbuko Big 5)
The Imbuko Big 5 has huge climbs and some terrific singletrack descents. (Photo: Imbuko Big 5)

Western Cape mountain bikers know that Wellington is one of South Africa’s great trail riding venues.

The Boland town is surrounded by inspiring mountains, delivering steep climbs and flowing descents.

The Imbuko Big 5 MTB Challenge, scheduled for 19 February, is one of the most challenging solo one-day mountain bike events. Unlike many of South Africa’s more popular stage race events, you ride the Imbuko alone, without a teammate.

Cape Epic
You don’t have a teammate, but loose riding groups form, to conquer those five big climbs. (Photo: Imbuko Big 5)

Bring your climbing legs - and then some

Although the total race distance of 75km might not appear too severe, it’s the ascending that makes an Imbuko so challenging. Riders climb a total of 3020m, for the day. To put that in context: it is nearly three ascents of Table Mountain.

For some riders, the Imbuko is a good reference test for their Cape Epic form. The Imbuko gives riders a good indication of their climbing endurance.

Route designer, Pieter van Wyk, uses his Cape Epic experience to create a terrifically challenging ride for Imbuko competitors.

"The idea was to create a unique event that conforms to world-class standards. The five extremely long climbs with the challenging but rewarding single track, makes the route the ultimate challenge of endurance and skill."

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