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Land Rover South Africa is proud to have played a part in the success of the third annual BIKE4BEASTS MTB Challenge on 26 April 2009.

100 mountain bikers took part in the exciting and adrenalin-filled cross-country event held on the De Beers Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, raising funds for the conservation activities of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, promoting awareness of the region, and stimulating eco-tourism.

A Land Rover Defender acted as the lead vehicle for the event.

The 65km route wound followed existing vehicle dirt tracks so as to minimize the environmental impact on undulating and varied terrain, through some of the most stunning scenery in the region.

Participants were also given a rare opportunity to take part in a 31km Fun Ride in Mapungubwe National Park.

Each year, a different threatened species is chosen as the mascot for the BIKE4BEASTS MTB Challenge. In 2007 it was the black rhino, in 2008 the African Wild Dog, and this year the mascot was the Cheetah, classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Current Cheetah population estimates vary from 7 500 to 10 000 worldwide, with approximately 550 found in South Africa.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Group is currently conducting four different Cheetah conservation projects in South Africa, and with Land Rover’s support, BIKE4BEASTS has help raise the profile of these projects as well as generating fund to support them.

The Diamond Route BIKE4BEASTS May 2009

The Diamond Route BIKE4BEASTS May 2009

The Diamond Route Bike4beasts MTB challenge 2009

The Diamond Route Bike4beasts MTB challenge 2009

The Diamond Route Bike4beasts MTB Challenge 2009

The Diamond Route BIKE4BEASTS MTB Challenge 2009

Third Annual Bike4Beasts MTB Challenge

Third Annual Bike4Beasts MTB Challenge

Third Annual Bike4beasts MTB Challenge April 2009

Kwazulu Natal wild Dog Project april 2009

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