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The Kingdom of Eswatini

Inyatsi Swazi Frontier returns to Eswatini

For the first time in 13 years, international participants to this year’s Inyatsi Swazi Frontier will return to a rebranded country: the Kingdom of Eswatini, following an internationally recognised moment when King Mswati III changed the name of the country during the joint 50-year Independence and birthday celebrations. Over the years, the event has attracted regional and international cyclists from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, France, Spain, South Africa, Germany, Kenya, Australia, Egypt, Mauritius, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, among other countries, as well as local (Eswatini) cyclists.

The Inyatsi Swazi Frontier is set to take place across three days from 11th – 13th October. The pairs stage encompasses some of Eswatini’s most spectacular views, as unique terrain will take participants around scenic mountains and challenging valleys in the lowveld areas.

Minister of Tourism and Environmental Affairs Christopher Gamedze is encouraging local cycling clubs to send their top riders to take advantage of what he describes as a unique opportunity in Eswatini. What makes Inyatsi Swazi Frontier unique is the fact that the route is not marked, but cyclists use GPS devices. Gamedze said the fact that the route was not marked meant that it was the most environmentally-friendly race in the country. He acknowledged the Cycling Association of Eswatini for their environment friendly policies. The association prohibits the use of permanent markings (paint) for race route markings.

Inyatsi Swazi Frontier brings thousands of tourists to the north-west corner of Eswatini. These visitors help support the local hotel accommodation/tourism industry through using four different accommodation establishments as its race villages: Hawane Resort, Bulembu Country Lodge, Piggs Peak Hotel, and Maguga Lodge.

Addressing the same gathering, event organiser Leslie Foss revealed that there were a lot of new riders participating at this year’s event. She said the number of female cyclists has also increased. She challenged people who wish to join the event to access entry forms from www.swazifrontier.co.sz.