A unique event among the diverse South African mountain bike calendar is Tour de Tuli.
There aren't many mountain bike races that navigate through three countries. But Tour de Tuli is all about adventure riding amid some of the world's most esteemed wildlife and wilderness terrain.
True to its name, the event routes through the Tuli Block. Riders venture through some of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe's most exceptional landscapes. Although the event is timed, its purpose is true adventure mountain biking.
An exclusive event, with only 350 riders starting the four-day route on 19 July, Tour de Tuli is a must-do event for mountain bikers who love wildlife experiences.
African adventure MTB at its best
Tour de Tuli is an unrivalled adventure mountain biking opportunity, with incomparable bushveld backdrops and guaranteed wildlife encounters.
The event's bike boards are a small but notable detail with this year's Tour de Tuli. Often the bane of many mountain bikers, bike boards can be a lot of admin. The traditional fastening method uses cable ties, but that raises the issue of many riders fastening bike boards and the creation of so much single-use plastic.
Going beyond cable ties
Tour de Tuli's adopted a novel bike board fastening solution using the Moundt bracket. Created by mountain bikers, Hendrik Steytler and Dieter Zermatten, the Moundt bracket is a terrific replacement for cable ties.
Attaching to your mountain bike’s stem bolts, the Moundt bracket uses a clip and slot mechanism to eliminate the need for cable ties.
The Tour de Tuli plastic saving should total 2000 cable ties. It will hopefully create a standard in bike board fastening sustainability that could become commonplace for South African events.