Bell Big 5 MTB 2018

With the first race of the 2018 season only 8 weeks away the area organisers are very busy preparing tracks and getting the logistics organised to deliver a bigger better Series.

Bell have once again generously sponsored our Series and we are so grateful to be associated with a proudly "made in Zululand" company.

The Big 5 MTB Series and Bell equipment company are a very good fit to enhance each other's brands given the associated similarity between Bell products and the nature of and the environment in which MTB and trail running takes place.

The events are based in, organized by and benefit the communities in areas where the land use is predominantly sugar and forestry, which forms a significant part of Bell's agricultural / forestry equipment sector.

The fundraising efforts from each area are used to support our community and in tribal areas by using local labour and supporting their projects like water tanks at school, maintain crèche infrastructure, provide shoes to schools and maintenance and upgrades to the local clubs.

It also promotes MTB locally and is accessible both in distance and financially to Zululanders of all age groups and abilities, it provides opportunities for local NPO to raise much needed funds through the provision of services during the event like : Rotary, Round Table, Moths and Woman's fellowship groups.

The Series also supports and sponsors 45 development riders and gives out as many free bicycles too.

Our other area sponsors are as invaluable to the success of the series too and we would like to thank Wetland Water, Ola and Taste Joy, Everest Ice, Emprint and Zululand Observer for their solid unwavering partnership with the series for the last 5 years. We are a team and together we hope to deliver a fun filled family sport promoting day at all the areas. This year we are sorry to lose Ola, Taste Joy and Everest Ice due to franchise issues, but welcome new Series sponsors Cycle Junction from Richards Bay and Falcon Express from Empangeni.

The Big 5 MTB Series is a Family orientated series with 3 cycling distances and this year we have also included a fun trail run with 2 distances.

We have not changed the entry fee or race start times.

2018 MTB Challenge Shirt

This year if you enter the 50km Series Challenge (enter all 5 races upfront and online) you will only pay R800 and get a free moisture controlled Series Challenge shirt.

If you enter the 25km Series Challenge (enter all 5 races upfront and online) you will only pay R660 and also get a moisture controlled t-shirt.

No on the day entries are accepted for the Challenge - so enter NOW online with

Each area will still do t-shirts to the first online entries but each area has different quantities so do check before you arrive on the day to collect your t-shirts from registration. Also first come first serve with regards to sizes.

Dates, Venues and race organisers 2018:

6 May : Tronox Mtunzini Buffalo MTB race
Contact Richard Everingham 082 447 9970

3 June : Hluhluwe Cycle for Life Rhino Charge
Contact Greg Davies 079 189 3996

15 July: Build it Kwambo Lion MTB race
Contact John Swaine 071 364 6394

2 September: Landini and McCormick Monzi tractors Hippo race
Contact Brian Harrison 083 264 5106 or Nigel Norton 083 605 8009

30 September: Empangeni Steel Plate Solutions Leopard Chase
Contact Glynton Reed 082 576 9072

New in 2018:
The Series will be including a trail run in two distances 5km and 10km although this decision has not been taken by all areas so please check the posters and updates on FB and our website first.

We have changed our entries, timing and results to use a local Zululand company – MSEM enter online -

IMPORTANT: You will be required to collect your new boards with a timing chip at registration for a deposit of R50. If you are doing all 5 races you will keep the same number board and get your deposit back after the last race.

We have 2 new sponsors partnering the Series and they are Falcon Express and Cycle Junction who are bringing a lot of expertise and assistance which will certainly enhance our races.

I have also opted to step aside in the official capacity of managing each of the races to free up the tight budget's each area has this year to manage their races .

I will be there to manage the Series Challenge until we have found an ideal situation that works so as not to lose focus on this being a Series.

Yours in Cycling

Seonaid Beningfield