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

PRIZES, BATCHING AND RESULTS

FIND OUT WHERE YOU PLACED

PRIZES, BATCHING 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

 
11
Aug
2017

03:44
am

KZN's Ardmore Art inspires new Berg & Bush jersey

In keeping with their ambition to become the most iconic mountain bike event in South Africa, the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush has partnered with...

In keeping with their ambition to become the most iconic mountain bike event in South Africa, the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush has partnered with revered KwaZulu-Natal artists Ardmore Ceramic Art to create a pleasingly elegant cycling jersey for the 2017 event. Riders will receive the jersey in their 2017 Berg & Bush goodie bag. 

 

The Berg & Bush has long been a favourite event amongst mountain bikers who enjoy quality trails and tranquil race village life. In keeping with the hallmarks that have made them so popular, the event has worked constantly to improve their trails and to always offer something special in the race village - for instance, last year free chocolate milk flowed from a bar overlooking the Tugela River. Now, in an effort, to reinforce the quiet country nature of the Berg & Bush and to also provide something fresh for participants, they have enlisted the help of renowned local artists. 

 

Ardmore Ceramic Art has been an institution in KwaZulu-Natal’s Midlands region since Zimbabwean-born ceramic artist Fée Halsted formed the company on Ardmore farm 1985. In that same year she was joined by Bonakele (Bonnie) Ntshalintshali, who was born on the farm and 18 years old at the time.

 

Ntshalintshali, who has since passed away, began a ceramics apprenticeship under Halsted and went on to help create the iconic style of the company’s art. “Ardmore became a success because of Bonny’s craftsmanship, skill and meticulous attention to detail,” says Halsted.

 

Over time Ardmore Ceramic Art and their off-shoot business has partnered with the likes of French luxury house Hermès and most recently Cole & Son, a British wallpaper company. Their designs have been displayed at sold out showings, snapped up at auctions and have been admired in galleries from Europe to the USA.

 

As neighbours to the Berg & Bush event, Ardmore now moves into a completely new playing field, one that adds a level of glamour to the usually gritty three-day stage race.  

 

“Our family grew up with the founding family of Ardmore in Winterton, so the brand is very close to our hearts and is also proudly from KwaZulu-Natal,” says the Berg & Bush’s Roxanne Green.

 

“It’s ultimately a family business, as are we. They have taken the world by storm with their innovation, and their designs are always associated with the highest quality and their roots in their community, which connects perfectly with the ideals and history of the Berg & Bush.”

 

For their part, Ardmore took inspiration from the local flora when considering the new Berg & Bush jerseys. The design features very subtle hints of the protea. “The protea bushes that we find on the mountain slopes and the African Ardmore designs of plants epitomise the Drakensberg ’s landscape and embody the natural beauty of this region, it also features in our latest collaboration with French luxury brand Hermes,” says Ardmore’s Catherine Berning.

 

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So not only will riders blend in at this year’s Berg & Bush, but they’ll also stand out.

26
Jun
2017

08:52
am

Berg & Bush’s vibrant village

Entries are closing soon for the 2017 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush. Both three-day events - the Descent and the Great Trek - and the original 2-Da...

Entries are closing soon for the 2017 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush. Both three-day events - the Descent and the Great Trek - and the original 2-Day are almost at capacity, proving that the popularity of this unique KwaZulu-Natal mountain bike experience endures. It’s not just the sublime trails of Berg & Bush that appeals to riders around South Africa, but also the passion and attention to detail shown by event organiser Gary Green and his friendly crew.

 

Each year Green tweaks the route to ensure that riders have the best time possible, but one of the major areas of change for Berg & Bush has been their race village. Over the years, the village has seen numerous improvements to its layout and amenities, with the race organisers firmly believing that the off-bike experience is as important as the riding.

 

Blessed with a beautiful setting on the banks of Tugela River at Em’seni Camp near Winterton, the Berg & Bush race village is already one of the most spectacular in South Africa. But looks are nothing without substance, and that’s exactly what Berg & Bush offers its overnight guests at the Em’seni site. Apart from incredible meals and warm hospitality, Berg & Bush is going out of its way to provide rider comfort once the day’s cycling is over.

 

Last year riders enjoyed free-flowing chocolate milk while hundreds of bean bags and hammocks were dotted around Em’seni, making afternoon naps and recovery as pleasing as it was essential. 

 

“Our focus right now is on the riders’ ultimate recharge – sleep,” says Green. “We’ve purchased large canvas tents and steel beds this year for our Kudu and Kingfisher camps to make sure that participants can sleep in comfort and style.”

 

Green and his team’s vision is to phase out the smaller tents associated with mountain bike stage race villages, and provide luxury upgraded? tents for all.

 

“Our goal is to have everyone in large canvas tents in a few year’s time, included in the entry fee. This is our main aim for the next few years and we believe it’s a philosophy that sets us apart from other events.”

 

Another long term goal for 2018 is to replace the dining marquee with a permanent venue/hall, and to build permanent decks over the Tugela (currently, a temporary deck is set up at the event for riders to enjoy their evening sundowners on the Tugela river). 

 

While these are future ambitions, Berg & Bush still aims to please with their village “gees” at this year’s ride. Green and Co ensure this by prioritising tent placement - almost all riders wake up to views of the river, providing a self-camping option for those experienced travellers who want for nothing in their own tents, and providing the best in local beverages. This year riders will be treated to Cape Brewing Company (CBC) draught on tap and wines from Fairview in the Centriq Chill Zone.

 

“We hope to create a tranquil, relaxing setting on the banks of the shady Tugela, creating an experience like no other chill zone in the country,” says Green. 

 

Entries for the 2017 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush will close within the next week.

 


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

Entry Enquiries
Marinda Jelliman

General Enquiries
Jani Maritz

Sponsorship & marketing:
Roxanne Green
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