CRADLE OF HUMANKIND PLAYS HOST TO THE HONDA MOUNTAIN TROPHY 2012
The Cradle of Humankind hosted mountain-biking enthusiasts on the weekend of April 28 for the Honda Mountain Trophy 2012.
The event has grown impressively over the years, with this year’s race attracting 700 participants. The Cradle was also host to last year’s event, which drew 450 participants. Honda was very pleased with the response from riders, and the event looks set to be a firm favourite for years to come.
“The Cradle of Humankind has become increasingly popular with bikers, hikers and nature-lovers. Maropeng is not only a great place to learn and relax, but also an exquisite natural environment for those who crave time in the great outdoors,” says Tony Rubin, Managing Director at Maropeng.
The riders enjoyed beautiful scenery and a challenging route that covered 75km on day one and 45km on day two. Participants were given exclusive access to magnificent trails in the area, home to a range of wildlife including zebra, wildebeest and rhino.
“It was a stunning experience. We have never received so many emails from riders congratulating and complimenting us,” says Rob Jackson, Managing Director of the Leverage Corporation, organisers of the race. “The Cradle of Humankind is an area of profound beauty, and offers unbelievable riding opportunities. It challenges, it excites and it offers extreme satisfaction.”
Maropeng is the official visitor’s centre to the Cradle of Humankind. The Cradle area is one of only eight World Heritage sites in South Africa and the only one in Gauteng, declared so because of its contribution to our understanding of humanity. More than 1000 hominid fossils have been found in the 47 000 hectares area – more than any other place on Earth.
“Nothing quite beats the sight of an African sunset over the magnificent Cradle of Humankind, and Maropeng with its breathtaking views of the magnificent Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountain ranges is the perfect place to enjoy this. Whether it is a bike ride or hike, a family excursion, a romantic getaway for two, or an executive group at a conference, Maropeng has something for everyone,” concludes Rubin.
COMPILED ON BEHALF OF MAROPENG BY CATHY FINDLEY PUBLIC RELATIONS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT NICOLLE KAIRUZ ON (011) 463 6372 OR EMAIL NICOLLE@FINDLEYPR.CO.ZA