February 2021 – In an effort to raise more funds for its pioneering conservation education programme, Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, Children in The Wilderness (CITW), has added another exciting mountain biking event to the calendar. Registration for the inaugural Tour de Rooiberg in South Africa is now open, with space for 50 riders.
The two-day event will take place from the 16th to 18th of April 2021 in Welgedacht Elandsberg Nature Reserve, near Rooiberg in Limpopo Province. Home to a wide variety of game, the 30 000 acres of unspoilt wilderness has gorges and waterways that drop steeply down to the surrounding plains and valleys, ensuring the route is both thrilling and scenic.
“The riding is technical in places, enough to challenge the most ambitious entrants! We hope that by emulating the Nedbank Tour de Tuli, riding in guided groups and limiting the daily distances to about 50 kilometres, no-one will feel the need to rush and can instead soak up the Highveld bush, the extensive views, the sounds, the birds, the game, the rest-points and the refreshments”, explains Tour Director, Nicola Harris.
“Riders will be split into four riding groups to take on the exhilarating terrain, where well thought-out routes, approximately 50 km to 60 km each day, will be explored. A bush brunch is offered on both the Saturday and Sunday rides to ensure riders have the energy to complete this challenge. Our trusty Land Rover volunteers will be set along the route to ensure there is constant support for our riders, and volunteer medical teams will be on hand to assist with any injuries”, says Nicola.
The Tour de Rooiberg is the second mountain biking event in aid of CITW after the well-established Nedbank Tour de Tuli, which has been running for the past 15 years. Due to tourism restrictions and various lockdowns as a result of COVID-19, the 2020 Tour was unfortunately cancelled.
As the primary revenue stream for CITW, it was therefore crucial for the fundraising team to get creative, and launch this exciting new event to raise important funds for the many community programmes undertaken by CITW, to uplift local communities and facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of children in Africa.
“In our 20th year of operating, we are delighted to create another revenue stream to keep our CITW programmes going, especially during this ongoing global pandemic. The Tour de Rooiberg provides an excellent opportunity to ride for an important purpose, in a stunning location, just 2.5 hours from Johannesburg, while sharing the experience with a group of like-minded riders”, concludes Nicola.
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