Vodacom Hippo Hollow MTB Challenge

By Focus Online Team on May 15, 2019

Mark your calendar and join us for an action-packed getaway at the Vodacom Hippo Hollow Challenge. Explore spectacular scenery along the Sabie River during the annual Vodacom Hippo Hollow MTB Challenge held at Elephant Whispers in Hazyview. Keep reading for more on the 2019 event.

The annual race is characterised by lush, unspoilt surroundings with single tracks along the Sabie River giving way to indigenous forests and macadamia plantations, offering views that make this race one not to miss. Last year, the riders even passed through the restaurant at Hippo Hollow Country Estate, giving breakfast goers the opportunity to cheer the cyclists on.

The 2019 Vodacom Hippo Hollow CHallenge has 4 cycling events – a 60km, 40km, 19km and an 8km distance. Runners will also be able to enjoy 4km or 8km trail routes.

2019 Vodacom Hippo Hollow MTB Challenge Race Details

Date: June 1
Time: 8:00 am
Cost: R80 – R250
Distance(s): 60km, 40km, 9km, 8km
Phone: 0734608208
Venue: Elephant Whispers R40
Hazyview, Mpumalanga 1242

Mountain bike race distance and entry fees:

8km – R80
19km – R110
40km R180
60km R250

Trail run distances and entry fees:

4km – R60
8km – R80

Bookings can be made at 073 460 8208 or online.

After race entertainment on Saturday 2 June

The event will continue into Saturday evening where there will be live entertainment, craft beer on tap, a country market and food trucks – as well as plenty of fun activities to keep the children busy.

A recap of the 2018 Vodacom Hippo Hollow Challenge:

Speaking after the 2018 event, race organiser Andre Visagie said that the race tracks made the event one worth travelling from afar.

“Few other races give you such a diverse terrain. Cyclist spotted elephants, hippos and bokkies as they went along which made for an exciting ride. We really are privileged to be able to host an event of this kind at this venue. The exclusivity of the event meant that tracks were not crowed and cyclists could really enjoy themselves.”

Visagie emphasised the benefit of such an event on the greater community.

“The whole town was buzzing, with many cyclists staying over the whole weekend. An event like this means a lot to the economy of the town and holds much potential to grow in the future and serve as a valuable cash injection to the area. We were really fortunate to have amazing sponsors on board that made this event a reality. We could not have done it without Vodacom, Numbi Ford, Elephant Whispers, Hippo Hollow Country Estate and MTO Group.”

vodacome hippo hollow mtb challenge

The 60km race winners walked away with generous cash prizes sponsored by Numbi Ford. The men’s race saw Nico Bell in first place, Gawie Combrink in second and Hein Engelbrecht in third. For the ladies Samantha Saunders took top honours with Dalene van der Leek coming in second and Liezel Rosenstein third.

In the 40km race the overall winners for the men were Reinhardt Viljoen in first, Jean van der Merwe in second and Bheki Dlamini in third. In the ladies category Bernice van Wyk came first, Hijke Coetzee second and Victoria Nunan third.

The 19km winners were Richardo van der Merwe first, Marinus van den Ende second and Johan Erasmus third. For the ladies it was Sumanette Bredenkamp who came first, Leana Pieterse second and Lynn Wallace third.

In the 8km race Pieter Kritzinger took first place, Toby Smith second and Levi Langdon third. Carmen Rothman was the first lady over the finish line, followed by Esmari Weits and Tiffany Marshall third.

Summerhill Preparatory School walked away with the School’s Trophy for entering the most pupils and their energizing spirit.

hippo hollow challenge

Bring your family and enjoy a weekend of fun activities. There will be lots on offer for non-riders as well including elephant interactions at Elephant Whispers and helicopter flips and sundowners at Hippo Hollow Country Estate. The Lowveld Hollows – Hippo Hollow, Perry’s Bridge Hollow and Casterbridge Hollow are offering weekend packages at special rates over the weekend.

Lowveld Hollow Hotels Accommodation Special
R2050 for 2 Nights per person sharin – dinner, bed and breakfast.
Single rate R2370 for 2 nights
Free bike wash and storage
To qualify for this rate use the reference VHH2019 when booking. Rates are for Standard Room.

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