DESCENT

3 DAYS
7th - 9th October 2016
THE RACE

The 3 Day Descent is our Main flagship event. The best "PROPER MOUNTAIN BIKING" by far with awesome single track and "Lekker" Prize Money for those wanting to compete. 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

Catch Gary Green on Supercycling tonight at 7pm on SS6 chatting about this year’s event. With a haircut. https://t.co/TxtezwYUH7
@david_moseley he's wearing makeup as we speak
Don't forget we're on @SuperSportTV @SuperCycling tonight at 7pm SS6! https://t.co/VypJOYiVOr
We're excited to be on @SuperSportTV @SuperCycling next week Tuesday with @AndrewMclean & @owenhannie chatting all things #bergandbush16
RT @VolvoCar_SA: The #VolvoXC90 & #XC60 equipped to take the @bergandbush team on some serious adventures. Luxury. Safety. Adventure. https…
RT @SolargorillaSA: @bergandbush this year ? Get the explorer 2 and stay powered up during this gruelling adventure ! #powerpartner #mtb ht…
RT @VolvoCar_SA: Stand a chance to win 1 of 4 team entries to the @bergandbush #MTB adventure. https://t.co/ZxJZ3Uhstd https://t.co/7jKWtbi…
Descent & GT riders: Don't forget to book a car shuttle from the start to Em'Seni! https://t.co/LMh8t95KXh https://t.co/oMItNzvNzq
Our vehicle partner @VolvoCar_SAare giving away 4 team entries into our events. Enter here: https://t.co/1Nnrx7ECqa https://t.co/FdLChzm8uX
 

THE RACE


ENTRIES

HOW TO GET AN ENTRY

ENTRIES

HOW TO GET AN ENTRY

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
 

 

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!

 
 
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.

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.

Where can I stay the night before my Great Trek or Descent?

We have set up a new registration race village at the start/registration venue. There is a new tented village at Registration at the border post AKA Windmill farm. It is optional, at an addition cost of R350 per person onto your entry and includes dinner, breakfast, 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

Can I stay the night before the event at Em'Seni?

No. No one will be allowed to stay in the race tents or em'seni accommodation the night before the Great Trek and the Descent. Em'Seni has capacity only for self-campers & luxury tents to stay the night before. We have set up a new tented village option at the start for this - if you log into your entry you can add on an additional shared tent at the Border post/ Windmill farm for R350 per rider.

LATEST NEWS

 
22
Aug
2016

10:10
am

Volvo Parks with Berg & Bush

Luxury Swedish car maker Volvo has come on board as the official vehicle partner of the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush MTB event.

 

Luxury Swedish car maker Volvo has come on board as the official vehicle partner of the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush MTB event.

 

The Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush mountain bike event is thrilled to announce Volvo as their new official vehicle partner.

 

The Swedish luxury vehicle brand that prides itself on not following the norm, and doing things “the Volvo way”, not only joins Berg & Bush as a vehicle partner, but also providing the prize money for the “Volvo Summit”.

 

The Volvo Summit, an event within an event where any participants of The Descent can enter to race up a 2km stretch of the famous Spioenkop after the first day’s riding, speaks directly to Volvo’s philosophy of doing things differently – that’s why the prize for the first male and female rider to reach the top of Spioenkop is R20 000 each.

 

Riders finishing second, third, fourth and fifth – both male and female – will also earn a share from the ‘dash for cash’. A remaining R23 000 from the R100 000 purse will go towards prizes in the original two-day event. 

 

“Everything we do starts and ends with people,” says Michelle Naudé, marketing director of Volvo Cars South Africa. “At Volvo we always say, ‘we're Volvo, we put people first’. So for us it makes sense to partner with an event that has become renowned over the years for putting their riders first. At Volvo we’re always looking for fun interactions; that’s why the Volvo Summit is the perfect fit for us too.”

 

Volvo, of course, also cares about cyclists. All their cars come standard with an auto-braking system called City Safety which in their newest cars - the XC90 and S90 - includes pedestrian and cyclist detection as standard.

 

The City Safety system uses a windscreen-mounted camera to detect cyclists and, if necessary, the car is able to apply full braking force to avoid a collision with a cyclist should the driver not react in time. This feature can be added as an option on other Volvo models.

 

Braking is one thing the Berg & Bush won’t ask riders to do, though, when they are flying down the kilometres of sweet singletrack at the event.

 

Volvo, however, will be giving all Berg & Bush riders a break should they decide to purchase a Volvo. All entrants will get a 5% discount off any new Volvo or Volvo accessory they buy; a unique cyclist’s discount.

 

“We are very pleased to welcome Volvo to the Berg & Bush family,” says race founder Gary Green. “We pride ourselves on being a unique and memorable mountain biking experience with not only something for everyone, but with something special for everyone who takes part. The Volvo Summit is just another element that makes the Berg & Bush unique and with Volvo’s generous involvement we’ve been able to make it the richest two kilometres in South African mountain biking.”

 

23
Feb
2016

08:31
am

New 'Drakensberg Experience' offer for our 2016 riders

More great news for our riders! We have secured some amazing specials for you to explore our part of the country – a World Heritage Site.

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More great news for our riders! We have secured some amazing specials for you to explore our part of the country – a World Heritage Site.

Champagne Sports Resort (Central Drakensberg), Montusi Mountain Lodge (Northern Drakensberg) and Cathedral Peak Hotel are offering a 30% discount to all 2016 Berg & Bush participants during the month of October.

 

Contact the establishments below using your Berg & Bush race number as reference

Champagne Sports Resort:

www.champagnesportsresort.com

Tel: 036 4688023

40km from Emseni Race Village

Email: reservations@champagnesportsresort.com

 

Cathedral Peak Hotel (valid 9 – 31 October 2016):

www.cathedralpeak.co.za

Tel: 036 4881888

64km form Emseni Race Village

Email: info@cathedralpeak.co.za

 

Montusi Mountain Lodge:

www.montusi.co.za

Tel: 036 438 6243

35km from Descent & Great Trek Registraion/Start Village (Windmill Farm)

Email: info@montusi.co.za

Discount applies to a stay of 2 or more nights.

 


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CONTACT

Entry Enquiries
Marinda Jelliman
Phone
084 700 0602

General Enquiries
Jani Maritz

Sponsorship & marketing:
Roxanne Green
Phone
082 784 4848
Email