PROPER MOUNTAIN BIKING

Some of the worlds best mountain biking. Starting at the Em’seni Camp on the banks of the Tugela River, the race winds down some seriously riveting single track to Winterton. Awarded best race in South Africa in 2009, we’ve been getting better and better with each year.

DESCENT

3 DAYS
9th - 11th October 2015
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.

GREAT TREK

3 DAYS
13th - 15th October 2015
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.

2 DAY

2 DAYS
17th - 18th October 2015
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.

@LaurieSnyman thanks Laurie we're on it!
RT @Qhubeka: @bergandbush amazing!
So far YOU riders have donated enough for 23 @Qhubeka buffalo bikes for our route staff who work on the route you will ride! THANK YOU!
RT @RideMagazineSA: @bergandbush riders to battle for R100K on Spioenkop: http://t.co/aHkHchGg6O http://t.co/8PGozWTJqm
RT @Tyronnewhite: @bergandbush wouldn't miss it. One of my favourite stage races by far. Amazing single track and hospitality that can't be…
How's this #ThrowbackThursday for you! Our first event 10 years ago. What's your earliest memory? http://t.co/Zm9J1J4reo
Our brand new AMAZING website is now live! http://t.co/MlL9ZMGU0U
Look out for these chaps coming down #LongdropPass! What a pleasure to ride with these beauties. http://t.co/wRytzu70Jd
Great rebranding @bikehubber all the best
@Tyronnewhite Chuffed to have you joining us!
 

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

RESULTS & PRIZES

FIND OUT WHERE YOU PLACED

RESULTS & PRIZES

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

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

WE FETCH, WE CARRY

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

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 R200 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 2015 will be refunded at 75% of entry fee.
Refunds processed between from 31st July and up to 9th September 2015 will be refunded at 50% of entry fee.
Absolutely no refunds will be made after 9 September 2015. 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.

I rode Berg & Bush last year. Am I able to enter with someone who didn’t ride the race last year?

Yes you may.

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 to the start of the Descent/Great Trek?

No, you will have to book your car in for the vehicle shuttle from the start to the finish, or get your own driver to take it to the race village.

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 lisemarietheron@vodamail.co.za

Do I have to have a GPS?

No we have clearly marked the route but they are obviously welcome

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.

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LATEST NEWS

 
29
Oct
2014

01:36
pm

Spioenkop site of Berg & Bush battle

Spioenkop was the site of a skirmish of a different sort as mountain bikers vied for victory in the inaugural Subaru Battle of Spioenkop during the...

Spioenkop was the site of a skirmish of a different sort as mountain bikers vied for victory in the inaugural Subaru Battle of Spioenkop during the FedGroup Berg & Bush stage race in the Central Drakensberg earlier this month.

A few hardy souls in the two-day event soldiered their way up the 1.44km climb as they took on the optional “race within a race” after the opening stage.

The daunting hilltop climb is one of the event’s most iconic route features and riders are traditionally treated to a historical sundowner tour of the Anglo-Boer War battlefield by local raconteur Simon Blackburn once the day’s racing is over.

According to race organiser Gary Green, the ascent provided the perfect opportunity to create some Tour de France-style excitement for spectators before the sundowner tour.

“This route comprises 500m of paved road with 14 speed bumps, then 500m of dirt and a further 500m of tar to finish. So it’s interesting and novel because it also gave the roadies a chance to shine in a mountain bike race.”

The altitude took its toll as riders started at an elevation of 919m and finished at around 1 048m above sea level.

With the gradient measuring almost 20 per cent in places, the ascent tested even the most battle-hardened riders to the limits as they vied for their share of the R20 000 prize purse.

In the end, the victor’s spoils went to Inter-Active Technologies’ Peter-Lee Jefferies in a time of 4:58. His teammate Clinton Janneke finished just six seconds behind him to claim the runner-up spot, with Nicholas van der Walt third in 5:15.

“Peter-Lee told me he had ridden professionally overseas and he had never seen a crowd response like that before,” said Green.

In the women’s challenge, the honours went to Tracey Want, who clocked in at 8:08. Lisa Bontekoning finished a distant second in 8:39, while world veteran mountain bike champion Brenda Potts rounded out the podium in 8:51.

Green said the inaugural mini-race had been an instant hit with the riders and spectators alike.

“It was the highlight of the day, extremely exciting and will definitely be on the calendar for next year, weather permitting.”

Andrew Hill and Tyronne White of TIB-Thule won the three-day Descent, which is the main feature race for which the event is known.

The three-stage Great Trek, which was designated as the women’s prize money event, saw VeloLife’s Ashleigh Moffatt and Carla van Huyssteen scoop the overall win.

Visit www.bergandbush.co.za, find the race on Facebook or follow @bergandbush.

09
Oct
2014

01:36
pm

Alpe d’Huez comes to Berg & Bush

Mountain bikers who have signed up for the original two-day stage race at the FedGroup Berg & Bush can enjoy the thrill of an Alpe d’Huez...

Mountain bikers who have signed up for the original two-day stage race at the FedGroup Berg & Bush can enjoy the thrill of an Alpe d’Huez-style charge up Spioenkop on October 18.

Race organiser Gary Green said he had decided it would be fitting to introduce a fun Tour de France-style element on the landmark ascent in the Central Drakensberg.

“And, as in last year’s Tour de France, riders will be doing it twice in one day.”

While the first ascent would form part of the 62km opening stage, Green said the second round would be an optional extra feat for participants once the day’s racing was done.

The mini “race within a race” would precede the traditional sundowner tour of the historical Anglo-Boer War battlefield site, he said.

“On Saturday evening, when we’re all on top of the mountain for sundowners, we’ll have a separate race for men and women from the boom gate at the bottom to the summit.”

Green said the 1.5km ascent, which featured 14 speed bumps and a gradient of up to 20 per cent in places, would be the ultimate endurance test for riders.

“We hope to create an Alpe d’Huez-type effect, whereby the cyclists line the route and cheer their fellow riders on.”

Those only brave enough to take on the climb first time round would still be rewarded with an adrenalin-fuelled descent on the other side, he said.

“Bell Equipment has helped us create a series of berms and jumps coming off the mountain. This will be a fun section to finish off a great day’s riding.”

Green said participants in the two-dayer could also look forward to the traditional boat crossing of Spioenkop Dam on day one, which had been omitted from the three-day Descent and Great Trek events.

“We’ve upgraded the boat crossing by having bigger boats and more of them in operation. We hope this will reduce the waiting time and get riders across the 2km section of the dam quicker.”

He said the three-day riders need not feel hard done by as they would enjoy a new-look opening stage featuring 35km of fresh trails – known as the Drakensberg Drop – leading down off the escarpment.

Back at the Emseni Camp race village, new ablution facilities would provide welcome hot showers after a long day on the bike, he said.

“We’ve also created more camping space along the banks of the Tugela River, so we can spread the tents out even more and ensure a great camping experience for everyone.”

The FedGroup Berg & Bush starts with the feature race, the Descent, on October 10, followed by the Great Trek on October 14. The two-day event brings the eighth edition to a close on October 19.


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