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2018 African Mountain Bike Championship to be Hosted in Egypt for the First Time

Wadi El Degla's mountains will be hosting the 2018 African Mountain Bike Championship.

The 2018 African Mountain Bike Continental Championship will be held for the first time in Egypt at Wadi El Degla, on Saturday, reported Al-Ahram.

Hosting participants from 16 African countries, the championship - which takes places for two days - will see bikers  from South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Tunisia, Cote D’ivoire, Lesotho, Nambia, Morocco, Mauritus, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Buke, competing on the Degla mountains in Maadi.

Under the patronage of Egypt’s Ministry of Youth and Environment, the mountain slopes have been adapted for the races and equipped with signage, maps and routes for the bikers.Wagih Azzam, President of the African Union and David Labartian, President of the International Cycling Union will both be attending. 

Khaled Fahmy, Egypt’s minister of Environment adds that Wadi El Degla was chosen for the race as it hosts more than 60,000 visitors per year and is famed for being the spot for sports fanatics and adventure junkies.

Ibrahim Yasser, who's been mountain-biking for 3 years now, classifies the location as the most suitable place for the sport, adding that bikers will get to compete while being surrounded by nature. 

Mountain biking - which is a sport that requires core strength, balance and endurance - is off-road biking, usually done over rough terrains with specially designed mountain bikes. 

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