Durban - Rugby player Joe Pietersen has appealed to athletes and conservation-minded sports fans to join him in riding the uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge in early December to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching.
Pietersen, who was a star backline player for The Sharks and Stormers and now plies his trade overseas, is heavily involved in conservation himself, through a game reserve near Hoedspruit where he drives his Nkombe Rhino campaign to protect rhinos from poachers through a rolling dehorning and relocation programme.
“It is something very close to my heart, so I didn’t hesitate when I heard about the uBhejaneX ride as a way to get involved,” he said.
Pietersen said that he had followed the early years of the uBhejaneX and it was a discussion with Stacey Holland that spurred him to take part.
“I am still fit and playing rugby, but the long ride will be a different ball-game. I have entered the 100km ride and, with a huff and a puff, I will get there!” he added.