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Big Game Parks’ Imvelo MTB Classic 2024 – Entries open!

Nedbank and Mlilwane are excited to welcome back Imvelo MTB Classic, one of the oldest MTB events in Eswatini. The race is set to happen on the 8th June 2024 at Mlilwane Game Sanctuary, and entries are now open.

Entries are capped at 500 cyclists to ensure the race maintains it’s fabulous personality and has the lowest possible environmental impact.

Big Game Parks has had 20 years’ experience in organising an extremely successful Mountain biking event and this year is no different. The 4 different race categories (65km, 35km,22km and 12.5km) are set to challenge each cyclist – from the challenging Nyonyane Mountains to the less challenging but beautiful breath-taking scenery. The event being held in a wildlife reserve makes it even more enticing. Prizes for the top cyclist will be of monetary value, accommodation or activity option across Big Game Parks reserves (Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Game Sanctuary, KaMsholo Bushveld Safaris and Chubeka Trail) with many more prizes from the various sponsors.

The year’s event will once again be sponsored by Nedbank Swaziland and Big Game Parks. The race comprises of a series of races over different distances, the longest being 65km! Of course, as with any great Eswatini event, a fantastic party for all cyclists follows the race.

Since 2000, when Imvelo first took place (then known as Ngulube MTB Classic until it adopted the name of Imvelo in 2004), it has been raising money for various community projects. Nedbank Swaziland has been a sponsor for a number of years and with their sponsorship and the race entry fees collected, funds have accumulated in the Big Game Parks Projects account. These funds have been used strictly for community projects and the value of money in this account became such that the Hlabazonkhe community project turned out be a huge success so far.

Race details:

+65km Classic (Classic Marathon) 7:30am
35km Challenge (Half Marathon) 8:45am
22km (Family Fun Race) 9:15am
12.5km (Hoglets Kiddies Ride) 9:20am
Further information will be released in due course. Enquiries can be made to imvelo@biggameparks.org

For more information on the Mlilwane Game Sanctuary where the event is taking place, please take a look at our dedicated page here.