DESCENT

3 DAYS
5th - 7th October 2018
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.

GREAT TREK

3 DAYS
9th - 11th October 2018
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
13th - 14th October 2018
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.

RT @TreadMTBmag: WIN A 2018 BERG AND BUSH TEAM ENTRY! https://t.co/L1px5RtYPo https://t.co/4qoPaVE0cA
RT @TravisHesom: Well @bergandbush, as usual, you were a treat. The best edition so far! On[the]go Event Solutions team... thanks for your…
An unbelievable 3 events this year. Thank you to all for your support & love for the trails. From all our route staff, core crew & community
RT @MrMonkwe: Good morning from Em’seni, Day2 of @bergandbush
5.2 tonnes of buffalo are riding the 2Day!
RT @mySOScoza: Emergency during an event? Remember to press the event logo in mySOS and follow the steps to activate an emergency https://t…
Weather is chilly today pack warm clothes ❄️ see you 2 day riders from 2pm!
RT @SSTiming: Final results for the @bergandbush Great Trek available here: https://t.co/9bVt6xfitY
RT @shaafrica: We had a superb time @bergandbush this week. Thank you all. https://t.co/fpAMhP0sri
 

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?

ITINERARY

GETTING AROUND

ITINERARY

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 2018 will be refunded at 75% of entry fee.
Refunds processed between from 31st July and up to 9th September 2018 will be refunded at 50% of entry fee.
Absolutely no refunds will be made after 9 September 2018.

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 2018?

ALL TBC
Descent team entry cost:
Great Trek team entry cost:
Great Trek solo option:
2 Day team entry cost:

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

 
26
Sep
2017

11:36
am

Berg & Bush helps upgrade local hospital

Not content with providing a play area for grown ups, the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush has stepped up to provide an improved play area for childre...

Not content with providing a play area for grown ups, the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush has stepped up to provide an improved play area for children too - at the Emmaus District Hospital in Winterton. The Berg & Bush is a “proudly Winterton” event, with the event race village lying just 10 minutes from the northern Drakensberg town.

 

Last week, the paediatric ward at Emmaus District Hospital received a play area makeover, with Berg & Bush sponsoring the upgrades and working closely with hospital’s clinical manager Dr Olivia Donald to make the changes happen. The revamped child and recovery-friendly play space, which included new toys, was officially opened and handed over on 21 September. The Berg & Bush team, parents, ward staff and hospital managers were in attendance at the opening.  


The R50 000 upgrade means that children can now play outside and be entertained in a safe, fun environment, which promotes and encourages learning, play and recovery.

 

“Being able to uplift the paediatric ward at Emmaus Hospital was a wonderful opportunity, and just a small way for us to give back to the surrounding community,” says race founder Gary Green.

 

“We are a very community-focussed event. During the three Berg & Bush rides, all our water points are hosted by charitable groups and other organisations who are able to raise funds and awareness for their respective causes. You’ll find at the Berg & Bush you have to stop and eat because everyone is competing to put on the best water point. As an event that is proud of our region and community, we are constantly looking to give back in some way.”

 

The staff and managers at Emmaus Hospital were overwhelmed with gratitude, explaining that many of the children are kept in the ward for a minimum period of two months, with those suffering from malnutrition or burns often having to stay longer. During the recovery period, mothers of recovering children are required to move into the ward to help care for them as they regain their strength.   

Upgrades to the play area included a shaded outside area covered with Easigrass and filled with plastic climbing toys and blocks. “The improvements are fantastic, and make a big change to what the children played on and with previously,” says Dr Donald.

 

Inside the ward, puzzles, plastic tables and chairs, books and new plastic toys will now keep moms and patients entertained for their duration of their stay. Chania and Pawel Stempowski, Deneys Reitz Commodities and Winterton/Bergville communities contributed towards stocking the library.   

The Berg & Bush team, together with the hospital staff and management hope that the upgrades will go a long way in aiding the recovery of the young patients.

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.


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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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