The Sappi Mankele will also be part of the Mpumalanga Marathon Series brought to you by MALALANE TOYOTA.
The Mpumalanga Marathon Series is open to all mountain bikers from all provinces.
There will be 5 races in the series with the best of 4 counting. Series & overall series prizes are up for grabs. Points will be added for school participation. What a ride we have set up for you machines. Sappi’s plantations are looking amazing with all the rain we’ve had. It was so much fun putting together this stage. You name the bush tunnel and it is included in this ride.
The most rewarding ride ever!! If the 65km is a little too much then check out the 34km, 22 km and 15km races.
Food Stalls & Family Vibe
NG Kerk Alkmaar will be selling all sorts of food and there will be jumping castles to joll on. Bring the family and come camp for the weekend
Sappi Mankele Challenge
Sappi makes a major commitment to mountain biking in Mpumalanga
Sappi confirmed that they are increasing their support for mountain bike racing which uses Sappi land. To this end Sappi have agreed to take up the naming rights of the popular Mankele Mountain Bike Challenge, which will now be called the Sappi Mankele Mountain Bike Challenge. “Sappi’s plantations not only provide a critical renewable resource to help grow South Africa’s economy, but together with our conservation areas our land provides a fantastic resource for planned recreational activities. We therefore support non-motorised activities such as mountain biking and bird watching on Sappi land, also as part of our commitment to promoting a healthy life style and nurturing an appreciation for nature and the sustainable use of renewable resources” says Regional Forestry Manager, Duane Roothman.
The Sappi Mankele MTB Challenge will be taking place on Saturday, 02 April 2011 on Sappi’s land near the Sudwala Caves, about 30km from Nelspruit. The event offers a number of races, which includes a 2.4km, 15km, 34km and a 70km race.
Over the years the organising body, Mankele Mountain Biking, has developed unique trails running through Sappi’s bush tunnels and endless single tracks, which enables riders to have the best possible mountain biking experience. Sappi’s property also boasts one of the longest bush tunnels in the country, which makes for an exhilarating ride. The route will also take riders through beautiful grasslands where, if lucky, the riders may spot red data species such as the Oribi buck and Humilis cycads.
Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in South Africa and the Sappi Mankele MTB Challenge is fast becoming a national event with riders from across the country participating. The race has seen a 30% growth rate increase per year since the event first started in 2008, and the Mankele trails are rated amongst the best mountain biking trails in South Africa by many professional riders.
Sappi Southern Africa
Sappi Southern Africa, an integrated forest products company, meets the needs of local and international customers through a wide range of products from three divisions:
- Dissolving wood pulp, is sold to converters for use in such products as fashion clothing, mobile phone screens, cellophane wrap, pharmaceutical, beauty and household products. Sappi is a leading manufacturer of dissolving wood pulp.
- The Paper and Paper Packaging division provides products including, paper pulp, newsprint, coated and uncoated fine papers, office and business papers, security and speciality papers, tissue wadding, containerboard (used to manufacture cardboard boxes) and packaging papers (for the cement, pet food, agriculture and FMCG industries). Leading local brands includes Typek, Triple Green, Masuga, Reviva and Enigma print papers; Sentinel security paper; Stackraft, Kraftpride and Superflute packaging papers.
- Sappi Forests supplies 70 per cent of the woodfibre needs of Sappi Southern Africa from 380 000 hectares of both our own and managed commercial plantations; currently with more than 35 million tons of standing timber. All our own-grown wood is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and ISO 9000 certified. A further 150 000 hectares of land is managed for biodiversity conservation, including wetlands, riparian zones and indigenous forests. Sappi’s land is available (with certain provisos) to the public for non-motorised recreational use eg mountain biking and trail running.
Sappi Southern Africa is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE: SAP; NYSE:SPP); a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa with over 14 000 employees, and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at www.sappi.com.