DESCENT

3 DAYS
6th - 8th October 2017
THE RACE

The 3 Day Descent is our Main flagship event. The best "PROPER MOUNTAIN BIKING" by far with awesome single track showcasing the best routes we have to offer. "Lekker" Prize Money for the pro's wanting to compete. R11500

GREAT TREK

3 DAYS
10th - 12th October 2017
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. R11 500 per team and R5750 per solo rider.

2 DAY

2 DAYS
14th - 15th October 2017
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. R8600 per team

Great Wall my china - The view from the Vrystaat into KZN! https://t.co/WCl0I9LqKl
Woohoo! Save the date - our entries will be opening 1st Feb 2017! https://t.co/VHuwwQSrpQ
Team Berg & Bush cross training with the brand new Winterton #parkrun! Bhekseni even got his hair done for the occa… https://t.co/ipH5O87Skp
How lekker was this year's "medal" ? Don’t forget to put yours on your bike - thanks @VolvoCar_SA https://t.co/aKueNHKteD
We will be opening entries on the 1st Feb. Tag your 2017 partner to remind them :) https://t.co/Rqab6LYJ1V
Did you Conquer Spionkop? If not, there's always next year! https://t.co/37b383ND8X
Nicky's Nightmare is actually quite a jol! We just used to ride UP it before, not down! https://t.co/Cim5QLnkOM
Thanks to City Couriers our logistics partner - and for getting all your bags from the top of the berg to Em'Seni c… https://t.co/nuq6sKJe1l
Im on top of the world! https://t.co/dOAUnwmAcM
Aloe Avenues everywhere on Day 2 - AKA "Playday" https://t.co/fiiKZfZ6hC
 

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 and can be done at event registration or online.

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

Refunds processed before 31 July 2017 will be refunded at 75% of entry fee.
Refunds processed between from 31st July and up to 9th September 2017 will be refunded at 50% of entry fee.
Absolutely no refunds will be made after 9 September 2017.

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 2017?

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! Limited tents available at the 3 Day Registration Race Village - please note, these are an added R375 per person and need to be booked in advance.

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 categories. (Mother teen and Father teen)

Is dinner available on the night of registration?

Yes, it is included in the entry fee. As well as a cold breakfast at the start for the Great Trek & Descent riders.

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 R375 per person onto your entry and includes dinner, breakfast, ablutions, tent & mattress. Limited tents available.

How much does it cost to enter in 2017?

Descent team entry cost: R11500
Great Trek team entry cost: R11500
Great Trek solo option: R5750
2 Day team entry cost: R8600

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 R375 per rider. (Limited tents available)

Where are the GPS files?

The GPS files are released just before the event as we are tweaking routes and want them to be perfect! They are sent via newsletter to those entered.

On the 2 day, Is my race tent available on Friday and Saturday night?

yes

LATEST NEWS

 
08
May
2017

03:12
pm

Kleinhans and Beers win 2016 Berg & Bush

In a star-studded local field at the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush, it was Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Red E Topeak Ergon) that stood head...

In a star-studded local field at the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush, it was Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Red E Topeak Ergon) that stood head and shoulders above the rest. Leading from start to finish, the recently-formed team took the overall honours after three days of furious racing in KwaZulu-Natal.

 

Matt Beers was thrilled with his victory, a first for the big friendly giant of South African mountain biking on his Berg & Bush debut. "This is a big monkey off my back," said an elated Beers. "I've always wanted to win a prestigious stage race and the Berg & Bush, with such a brilliant field, definitely ticks that box. It's very special to win against this level of competition. I love the challenge, I love the fight, so I am stoked that Erik and I have won this."

 

Kleinhans and Beers fought off the challenge of Phil Buys, Gert Heyns, Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck, Alan Hatherly, Johann Rabie, HB Kruger and more local MTB top dogs over the course of three thrilling days in the KwaZulu-Natal bushveld. 

 

On a shortish, flat final stage - with the only major bump being Spioenkop - the lead bunch was big, 10 teams racing hard to make a final impression. Kleinhans knew the trick was to back off and not let anyone ruin their chances with an untimely crash. "The goal for today was not to lose any time. There were a lot of teams fighting for position, so I said to Matt let's just hold back and get the overall title."

 

This is also Kleinhans's first Berg & Bush, and the race has certainly lived up to the hype - the win helping, of course. "Today was another lovely stage with a nice flat start, with racing really picking up on the trails. This definitely ranks up there as one of my best wins. Before the race we had no idea how to win with so many cross country racers here. I am extremely happy to win. That being said, I look forward to coming back when I am a ballie, so I can enjoy the trails and then sit on bean bags next to the river!" 

 

Adrian and Neethling nail it

In the women's race an excellent Stage 1 from Candice Neethling and Vera Adrian (Dorma Time Freight) was enough to give them the edge in the overall stakes ahead of Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis Health). De Groot and Stenerhag threw everything into the mix to snatch the race win, but Neethling and Adrian had the answers to all their questions. 

 

"That was really hard. Harder than I expected," said a dust-covered, teary-eyed, but victorious Vera Adrian. "I already knew last night that today would be tough because I could feel that I was getting sick, but then Robyn and Jennie really hammered it today."

 

At one stage, just before the dreaded climb up Spioenkop, De Groot and Stenerhag held a two minute advantage over Neethling and Adrian, a gap that would have given the Ascendis ladies the overall win. 

 

But Neethling and Adrian threw caution to the wind and skipped down the singletrack on other side of the hill like foxes chasing a particularly tasty hare. 

 

"We gave it everything to make up the time. Vera was amazing going down the singletrack" said Neethling, sporting a cut lip and a face that looked like she'd been leopard crawling around a Boer War battlefield. "It was a great race with Robyn and Jennie. Today was tough, but I'm thrilled to take the win at such a great event. I love racing here."

 

Adrian, too, was delighted that the hard work had paid off. "It's obviously always nice to win, but it's even more rewarding to come out on top when the racing has been so fierce."

 

 

Results Stage 3 men:
1 Philip Buys and Gert Heyns - Scott LCB Factory Racing - 01:51:49
2 Hendrik Kruger and Johann Rabie - Team Telkom - 01:51:50
3 Konny Looser and Lourens Luus - PSG BiXS Pro Team - 01:51:51
4 Alan Hatherly and Brendon Davids - Kargo Pro Swiss Cycles - 01:51:54
5 Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck - NAD PRO MTB - 01:51:58

 

 

Results Stage 3 women: 

1 Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag - Team Ascendis Health - 02:07:13 
2 Candice Neethling and Vera Adrian - Dorma Time Freight - 02:07:59
3 Yolandi du Toit and Theresa Ralph - Galileo Risk Garmin - 02:18:08
4 Michelle Benson and Janice Venter - LCB Pretoria Box - 02:30:13
5 Bonny Swanepoel and Nadine Visagie - Pocket Rockets - 02:30:33

Results overall men:
1 Matt Beers and Erik Kleinhans - Red E Topeak Ergon - 07:25:17
2 Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck - NAD PRO MTB - 07:26:56
3 Gert Heyns and Philip Buys - Scott LCB Factory Racing - 07:29:33

Results overall women: 
1 Candice Neethling and Vera Adrian - Dorma Time Freight - 08:36:12
2 Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag - Team Ascendis Health - 08:36:40
3 Yolandi du Toit and Theresa Ralph - Galileo Risk Garmin - 09:16:46

 

Captions

 

Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Red E Topeak Ergon) claim victory at the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush three-day stage race in KwaZulu-Natal. The pair saw off stiff competition from the cream of South African mountain biking to record a win on their debut at the event.

 

Candice Neethling (Dorma Time Freight) powers home hot on the heels of Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis Health) at the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush three-day stage race in KwaZulu-Natal. Neething and teammate Vera Adrian started the day in the overall lead and almost lost it when De Groot and Stenerhag opened up a two-minute time gap. In the end, Neethling and Adrian were strong enough to reel them in. 

 

Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis Health) power home on the final stage of the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush three-day stage race in KwaZulu-Natal. They claimed two of the three stages, but it wasn't enough for the overall win. 

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.”

 


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Race Office Number
063 030 0985 (during the race only)

Entry Enquiries
Marinda Jelliman

General Enquiries
Jani Maritz

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Roxanne Green
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