Sylvester Mtb Challenge in the Karoo National Park


The Sylvester MTB Challenge took place on 24 June 2017 in the Grantham camp
in the Karoo National Park in Beaufort West. Riders as far as Pretoria, Cape
Town, Knysna, and Oudtshoorn entered the 1-day event to ride where Sylvester
once roamed. The winner of the long distance hailed from the town of

The race started at Grantham Camp and took riders en route where Sylvester
the lion once roamed freely, before he escaped from the park.

During Sylvester’s 3-week walkabout in the Karoo he covered over 370km. The
vision for next year’s addition is to expand to a 3-day Stage race where
riders can choose to either ride one, two, or all 3 stages. The race took
riders through beautiful Karoo landscapes on the way to Fraserburg and back
to Grantham.

On the Friday night before Sylester MTB Challenge riders, media and water
point members were treated to a braai organized by the Sanparks Honorary
Rangers and Jakhals Events where new friendships were formed and many
stories about Sylvester shared.

At the prize giving the main attraction was the informational talk by
Gerhard De Lange from Kuzuko Lodge, the new home of Sylvester. The Sylvester
MTB Challenge is a unique event and is a must on every mountain biker’s

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