DESCENT

3 DAYS
5th - 7th March 2021
THE RACE

The 3 Day Descent is our Main flagship event. The best "PROPER MOUNTAIN BIKING" by far with awesome single track. Entries in teams of two or solo option.

THE GREAT MIDWEEK

3 DAYS
23rd - 25th February 2021
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
27th - 28th February 2021
THE ORIGINAL

Ideal for family and friends. Lots of fun family categories and also hosts a Spionkop Sprint! This one is sociable and relaxed, but just as "PROPER" as the other 2 events. We welcome riders from ages 15 upwards!

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THE RACE


ENTRIES

HOW TO GET AN ENTRY

ENTRIES

HOW TO GET AN ENTRY

ROUTE & GPS

3 DAYS OF REAL MOUNTAIN BIKING

ROUTE & GPS

3 DAYS OF REAL MOUNTAIN BIKING

ACCOMMODATION

NEARBY PLACES TO STAY.

ACCOMMODATION

NEARBY PLACES TO STAY.

FLY-IN PACKAGES

WE FETCH, WE CARRY

FLY-IN PACKAGES

WE FETCH, WE CARRY

DIRECTIONS

FIND YOUR WAY TO THE START LINE

DIRECTIONS

FIND YOUR WAY TO THE START LINE

BIKE AND CAR SHUTTLES

NEED SOME HELP GETTING YOU BIKE HERE?

BIKE AND CAR SHUTTLES

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

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. We have three events to choose from, the Descent & The Great Midweek are three day events and the 2 day Original is 2 days of riding. 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!

The Great Midweek
23rd to 25th February (3 days)
 
- Ride a brand new Day 1 following sections used for the World single speed championships 
- Manageable race distances (70km, 60 km, 50km)
- Stay in one race village( Emseni camp) not having to move your luggage 
- Shuttles from OR Tambo airport available
- Solo entries

 

The 2 Day Original
27th & 28th Feb (2 days)
 
- Managable distances (60km,50km)
- Great for families (15 years and older allowed to ride)
- Stay in one race village
- Fun Category prizes (Mother/child, husband & wife, father/child etc) 

 

Descent
5th to 7th March (3 days)

- This iconic event takes riders on Day 1 from the top of the Drakensberg mountains down beautiful meandering single track via Sollys Folly to our camp on the
banks of the Tugela River 
- Day 2 and 3 trails include hand built single track following the Tugela River
and up and over the infamous  Spioenkop Mountain 
- Spend 2 nights at our race village (Emseni Camp)  selecting one of the three camping options or self camp or stay in nearby B and B or hotel . 
- Shuttles to and from OR Tambo airport available 
- Solo entries available

 

 
 
NEWSLETTER

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the cancellation/refund policy? I am not able to ride any more.

Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush 2020 Refund Policy: 

Refund Policy: 

Full refund before 30 July 2020.


Refunds processed up to 1st November 2020 will be refunded at 80% of entry fee.

50% refund will be paid in December 2020
0% refund for January or February 2021

however you can carry your entry over to our next event at no extra cost. You can also sell your entry to another rider and do a substitution.

The same refund applies to the cost of a tent, if it cannot be sold to another rider.

No refunds will be made on partial payments. You need to be fully paid up to qualify for refund policy above.


I undertake to participate entirely at my own risk. I agree that I shall have no claims whatsoever against the organizing body, any individuals, organiser or official, marshal, assistant, helper or agent, the sponsors, any local authority or land owners, in respect of any loss or damage whatsoever I may suffer arising from any injury to my person or loss or damage to property as a result of, or arising out of, whether directly or indirectly, my participation in this event, including my arrival and departure there from and attendance of any ceremony and function thereof, however such loss or damage may arise and regardless of whether or not same shall have been caused directly or indirectly by negligence, of one or more or all of the aforementioned parties. In the event of my approval of this form as a guardian of a minor, I hereby consent to such minor being bound by the foregoing and further I indemnify the aforementioned parties to the extent, if any, to which such minor is not capable of waiving his rights as stipulated within. I agree to participate subject to rules including any drug tests and penalties provided for therein. By entering, I agree to email and SMS communications from EntryNinja and possibly LiveTime depending on the timing provider, regarding event details. I have read the above indemnity and the rules understand them and shall abide by them.

Cancellation due to Force Majeure and Severe Weather If Berg and Bush is forced to cancel a stage (or stages) due to severe weather conditions or fires that puts riders’ safety at risk, the riders will not have any claim against the organisers or any of their sponsors of whatsoever nature in these circumstances. Berg and Bush reserves the right to change the route for inter alia, safety and security reasons without notice. If Berg and Bush is cancelled in total as a last resort due to events beyond our control (force majeure) – relating to, inter alia, political turmoil, natural disasters, strikes, protest action or any other major disturbance beyond our control, riders will have no claim whatsoever including but not limited to a refund against the organisers or any of their sponsors. This will include entry fees and or flights and other expenses. Berg and Bush will do everything in our power to reroute and to run the event in a safe and secure manner should any event of force majeure arise.

Can I enter as a solo rider?

We accept solo riders in the The Great Midweek and Descent.

Can I enter now and pay later?

Use our easy payment plan to help with monthly payments! You can tailor each month's amount to suit your pocket. Once you have completed your entry, you need to pay a first months installation of R1060 per rider by the end of March. You can then choose how much you would like to pay per month and add your credit card details. You need to be fully paid up by the end of August.

Payment over six months will work out to around R1000 per month per rider.

No refunds will be given for payment plans or part payments, but you are absolutely welcome to substitute with another rider in your place.

Where is Registration for the 3 day events in 2021?

DESCENT: Windmill Farm also known as the Border post. It includes dinner at race briefing and breakfast at the start. Please select a place to stay nearby from the accommodation list.

THE GREAT MIDWEEK: The Great Midweek Registration will take place at Emseni Camp on Monday 23 February 2021. Tents and dinner included for the Monday night.

I normally ride the Descent/The Great Midweek/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 Midweek and the Descent?

The Descent is our flagship event, with prize money allocated to the winners in the Race up Spionkop. The Great Midweek is more of an Adventure and has a shorter day 1 route. The field is much smaller, which in general leads to a much more relaxed vibe. It also starts & ends at one race village, Em'Seni camp, Winterton.

Is there a shuttle service to get my car from the start of the Descent 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. Bookings will open soon. The Great Midweek and 2 Day events start and finish in the same 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 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 hot breakfast at the start for all 3 Events.

What time is race briefing?

Race briefing starts at 19h00 unless communicated otherwise.

Do I have to have a GPS?

For the Descent & The Great Midweek 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 The Descent (Thursday 4 March 2021)?

There is a list of B&Bs available for the night before the Descent start, please click on our accommodation page for options in the Northern Berg / Harrismith / Bergville. You can also book a pre - event tent at the start for R700 when you fill out the entry form! This includes a canvas tent, 2 mattresses, bike park, parking, 24 hour tea & coffee station and ablutions. Dinner & Breakfast is included for all riders.

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

For the 2 Day and the Great Midweek, Yes. For the Descent you need to find accommodation the night before near Windmill farm/Registration/The Start.

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

Are there tents available at registration the night before the start of the Descent?

Yes but they must be pre - booked. These are available to purchase on your entry form.

What is the payment plan?

Payment Plan:

Use our easy payment plan to help with monthly payments! You can tailor each month's amount to suit your pocket. Once you have completed your entry, you need to pay a first months installation of R1060 per rider. You can then choose how much you would like to pay per month and add your credit card details. You need to be fully paid up by the end of January 2021.
Payment over six months will work out to around R1000 per month per rider.
No refunds will be given for payment plans, but you are absolutely welcome to substitute with another rider in your place.

Will the events ever be cancelled?

If Berg and Bush is forced to cancel a stage (or stages) due to severe weather conditions or fires that puts riders’ safety at risk, the riders will not have any claim against the organisers or any of their sponsors of whatsoever nature in these circumstances. Berg and Bush reserves the right to change the route for inter alia, safety and security reasons without notice. If Berg and Bush is cancelled in total as a last resort due to events beyond our control (force majeure) – relating to, inter alia, political turmoil, natural disasters, strikes, protest action or any other major disturbance beyond our control, riders will have no claim whatsoever including but not limited to a refund against the organisers or any of their sponsors. This will include entry fees and or flights and other expenses. Berg and Bush will do everything in our power to reroute and to run the event in a safe and secure manner should any event of force majeure arise.