Cradle of Humankind plays host to the Honda Mountain Trophy 2012

  • May 10, 2012 | Laura Maggs

The Cradle of Humankind played host to mountain-biking enthusiasts on the weekend of April 28 for the Honda Mountain Trophy 2012.

																		Mountain bikers gather at the start line at Maropeng

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 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.

Said Rob Jackson, organiser of the race: “It was a stunning experience. We have never received so many emails from riders congratulating and complimenting us.

“[The Cradle of Humankind] is an area of profound beauty, and offers unbelievable riding opportunities. It challenges, it excites and it offers extreme satisfaction.”

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.

																		A mountain biker participating in the race

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