PROPER MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush takes mountain bikers from the top of the Drakensberg escarpment near Harrismith and drops down into Kwazulu-Natal negotiating world-famous single track into the bushveld below into Winterton. Riders camp along the shady banks of the Tugela river at the famous Em'Seni Camp ready to tackle the next two days of spectacular bushveld riding. With farm-style hospitality and an area rich in history, not to mention incredible riding, you're sure to have a proper adventure on your bike!

DESCENT

3 DAYS
7th - 9th October 2016
THE RACE

The 3 Day Descent is our Main Event for all those Competitive Riders/Racing snakes. The best "PROPER MOUNTAIN BIKING" by far with awesome single track and "Lekker" Prize Money. R10 600 per team

GREAT TREK

3 DAYS
11th - 13th October 2016
THE RIDE

Free Riding with a less crowded environment for the connoisseur mountain biker. For the adventurous soul who is not in a hurry. Experience the greatness that "PROPER MOUNTAIN BIKING" has to offer: less riders, more chilled. Solo Entries available. R10 600 per team

2 DAY

2 DAYS
15th - 16th October 2016
THE ORIGINAL

Ideal for family and friends. This one is sociable and relaxed. Great for the 1st time multi-stage riders, but just as "PROPER" as the other 2 events. R7900 per team

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THE RACE


ENTRIES

OPEN 2 MARCH 2015 AT 10:00 AM

ENTRIES

OPEN 2 MARCH 2015 AT 10:00 AM

ROUTE

3 DAYS OF REAL MOUNTAIN BIKING

ROUTE

3 DAYS OF REAL MOUNTAIN BIKING

ACCOMMODATION

NEARBY PLACES TO STAY.

ACCOMMODATION

NEARBY PLACES TO STAY.

DIRECTIONS

FIND YOUR WAY TO THE START LINE

DIRECTIONS

FIND YOUR WAY TO THE START LINE

BIKE DELIVERY

NEED SOME HELP GETTING YOU BIKE HERE?

BIKE DELIVERY

NEED SOME HELP GETTING YOU BIKE HERE?

LOGISTICS

GETTING AROUND

LOGISTICS

GETTING AROUND

PHYSIO & MASSAGE

NEED TO FEEL BETTER

PHYSIO & MASSAGE

NEED TO FEEL BETTER

BATCHES, SEEDING AND RESULTS

FIND OUT WHERE YOU PLACED

BATCHES, SEEDING AND RESULTS

FIND OUT WHERE YOU PLACED

TRAINING PROGRAMME

GET READY FOR BERG & BUSH

TRAINING PROGRAMME

GET READY FOR BERG & BUSH

RULES

SO THAT EVERYONE GETS AN EQUAL CHANCE

RULES

SO THAT EVERYONE GETS AN EQUAL CHANCE

BRING WITH YOU

BESIDES YOUR BICYCLE

BRING WITH YOU

BESIDES YOUR BICYCLE

MEALS

WHAT YOU'LL BE EATING

MEALS

WHAT YOU'LL BE EATING

MECHANICS

FOR WHEN THINGS BREAK

MECHANICS

FOR WHEN THINGS BREAK

SHUTTLE SERVICES

WE FETCH, WE CARRY

SHUTTLE SERVICES

WE FETCH, WE CARRY

SPONSORS

WHO WE THANK

SPONSORS

WHO WE THANK
 

 
 
 
NEWSLETTER

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I am not able to ride any more. What is the cancellation policy?

All substitutions made are charged at R250 per rider.

NO ENTRIES WILL BE CARRIED OVER TO THE NEXT YEAR IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PARTAKE THIS YEAR.

Refunds processed before 31 July 2016 will be refunded at 75% of entry fee.
Refunds processed between from 31st July and up to 9th September 2016 will be refunded at 50% of entry fee.
Absolutely no refunds will be made after 9 September 2016. We will however endeavour to find you a replacement from riders on the waiting list if possible.

Can I enter as a solo rider?

We only accept solo riders in the Great Trek. You have to enter as a team in the descent and 2 day race.

Can I enter now and pay at the end of the month?

Entries will only be confirmed upon full receipt of full entry fee. You might lose your entry if you don’t pay as soon as possible.

Where is Registration for the 3 day events in 2016?

Windmill Farm also known as the Border post. It includes dinner at race briefing and breakfast at the start. It was previously in Winterton please note the change!

I normally ride the Descent/Great Trek/2 day, but would like to do one of the other events this year. Am I allowed?

You may enter the event of your choice.

What is the difference between the Great Trek and the Descent?

The Descent is the race, with prize money allocated to the winners. The Great Trek is more of an Adventure. The field is much smaller, which in general leads to a much more relaxed vibe.

Is there a shuttle service to get my car from the start of the Descent/Great Trek to Emseni?

There will be a car shuttle from the start at The Border Post, to the finish at Emseni. This is a Winterton and Bergville church fundraiser. You have to book this in advance by emailing berg.and.bush.shuttle@gmail.com
Cost = R450 per car.

Can I enter the Berg and Bush with my child?

According to Cycling South Africa our 2 day event classifies as a mini stage race. This means that children turning 15 before 31st December can enter. This creates a great opportunity for you to compete with your son or daughter in the fun Parent/Teenager category.

Is dinner available on the night of registration?

Yes, it is included in the entry fee

What time is race briefing?

Race briefing starts at 18h00 unless communicated otherwise.

How do I get my car from the start to Emseni?

There will be a car shuttle from the start at The Border Post, to the finish at Emseni. This is a Winterton and Bergville church fundraiser. You have to book this in advance by emailing berg.and.bush.shuttle@gmail.com. Bookings open 1 March 2016, R450 per car.

Do I have to have a GPS?

For the Descent & the Great Trek you do as we have introduced GPS mapping in 2016. The 2 Day is a great event to try and use it but its not compulsory as we have marked it.

What should I always have with me whilst on the route?

It’s always a good idea to have your medical aid card with you. Although signal is not always available, it is wise to take your phone with you.

Do I need to bring a lock for my tent?

Theft is not really a problem, but if it makes you feel more relaxed, then you are welcome to do so.

Can I stay in my tent the night before my event?

Yes you can! We have set up a new race village before the Descent & Great Trek start at Registration at the border post AKA Windmill farm. Its an addition cost of R350 onto your entry and includes meals, ablutions, tent & mattress.

How much does it cost to enter in 2016?

Descent team entry cost: R10 600
Great Trek team entry cost: R10 600
Great Trek solo option: R5300
2 Day team entry cost: R7900

LATEST NEWS

 
01
Feb
2016

08:21
am

Berg and Bush and JoJo tackle KZN drought - Coetzee Gouws

 

JANUARY 28, 2016 BY COETZEE GOUWS

One of the country&r...

 

JANUARY 28, 2016 BY COETZEE GOUWS

One of the country’s top mountain bike events hope to bring relief to KwaZulu-Natal farmers this year with a donation of water tanks.

One of the country's top mountain bike races, the Grindrod Bank Berg and Bush, will bring relief to KwaZulu-Natal farmers with a donation of water tanks. Photo: Em Gatland

One of the country’s top mountain bike races, the Grindrod Bank Berg and Bush, will bring relief to KwaZulu-Natal farmers with a donation of water tanks. Photo: Em Gatland

Riders in last year’s Grindrod BankBerg and Bush were shocked by the serious drought affecting farms through which they passed, said event founder Gary Green.

“Our official race initiative this year is to partner with JoJo tanks to assist farmers and their staff along the route.

“The riders have the option to pledge a donation when they enter online and together we will provide water tanks to help with the drought issue in an area which desperately needs aid.”

Green said their commitment to social initiatives was one of several factors that made Berg and Bush a favourite among the cycling community.

Comprising three separate races – the Descent, Great Trek and 2-Day – that boast wide mountain and bushveld vistas, Green believed it was one of the most beautiful in the country.

He said the route (a portion of which winds through privately-owned farms) differs each year and riders could look forward to some exciting changes.

The original two-day race attracted just 56 participants, said Green, but word quickly spread and the numbers swelled.

“Today, after 10 years, we host just under 3 000 riders. We are obviously chuffed to have grown to our current size.

“To cope with the growing field, we’ve developed a significant number of overtaking sections along our descents so that riders can have a lot of free-riding,” said Green.

“We are always working on finding something special and try to stay innovative to ensure that, above all else, riders have the best ride.”

“We have a lot of requests for race accommodation on the night before the event, so some riders slept in tents at Emseni.

“However, our race village simply can’t handle the numbers, so we’re building a new registration race village at Windmill Farm on top of the Drakensberg.”

Green said riders may opt to book there on the night before the two three-day races.

Entries open on February 1 to riders who competed in 2015 and on February 15 to the public.

For more info, send an e-mail to info@bergandbush.co.za or visit www.bergandbush.co.za.

18
Jan
2016

08:54
am

Grindrod Bank new title sponsor of Berg & Bush

Grindrod Bank have secured the title sponsorship of one of KwaZulu-Natal’s premier multistage mountain bike races, the Berg and Bush.

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Grindrod Bank have secured the title sponsorship of one of KwaZulu-Natal’s premier multistage mountain bike races, the Berg and Bush.

“We are delighted that we were invited to become more involved in this event,” said Grindrod Bank managing director David Polkinghorne, in the wake of the financial institution coming on board as presenting sponsor during last year’s 10th anniversary event.

“It showcases some of the most spectacular mountain bike trails in the province and encourages an active lifestyle among families,” said Polkinghorne.

“Berg and Bush also seek to meaningfully and sustainably uplift a local community in the Drakensberg through the Qhubeka bicycle initiative.

“From humble beginnings, the Berg and Bush can rightly claim to be one of the cycling community’s most anticipated events and we look forward to helping organiser Gary Green and his committed team build on this success story.”

Berg and Bush comprises three separate races (the Descent, Great Trek and 2-Day) across 130km of single-track featuring scenic mountain vistas and bushveld, portions of which are on privately owned farms.

The route changes each year with the next edition getting underway with the Descent at the border post on top of the Drakensberg on October 7.

Entries open on February 1 to riders who competed in 2015 and on February 15 to the public.


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CONTACT

Entry Enquiries
Marinda Jelliman
Phone
084 700 0602

General Enquiries
Jani Maritz
Phone
083 229 5585

Sponsorship & marketing:
Roxanne Green
Phone
082 784 4848
Email