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

 
30
May
2017

11:52
am

BERG AND BUSH 2017- IMPROVED ROUTE, UPGRADED RIDER BENEFITS, GREAT VALUE

 

The Grindrod Berg & Bush is one of South Africa’s most popular mountain bike stage races. It didn’t achieve this...

 

The Grindrod Berg & Bush is one of South Africa’s most popular mountain bike stage races. It didn’t achieve this status without constantly innovating to ensure the three events – Descent, Great Trek and Two-Day – remain attractive to newcomers and stimulating to experienced participants. And the 2017 editions of each race this October will see even more developments. 

 

There are two priorities each year for the organisers of Berg & Bush: The first is to deliver a route that’s challenging, but not treacherous, ensuring that the sacredness of singletrack is always upheld and that ‘proper’ mountain biking prevails. The second is to ensure the riders have a great time off the bike at the event. Here’s what participants can expect this October:

The route:

Anyone that’s ridden the world-famous Garden Route Trail Park near Knysna will have experienced the trail-building talents of Rob Dormehl. Rob has been involved in helping convert Longdrop Pass into “a brand-new trail of happiness” and has also built new berms on The Bell Run. Still in the works is a brand new downhill section along Big Red on Day 2, through the game farm.

What does this mean? It means more flow. It means more fun. It means an already great route will be even better.

The riders:

By paying just R1500 extra (per tent), riders can now upgrade from the standard small dome tent camp to the more comfortable Kudu Camp, which has canvas tents that allow you to stand up and which have two beds with mattresses in each. That’s right, actual steel beds with the event mattresses on top and space beneath to store your bag and gear. Many will also appreciate the ability to stand up, in private, which makes putting on your bib-shorts the right way around every morning a lot less challenging.

 

 

“Our long-term goal is to have all riders sleeping in these larger canvas tents in the next five years, included in their entry fee. Our short-term goal is to make it possible and affordable for as many as possible to take advantage of this option this year,” said Gary Green, event founder and race director.

Also new this year is a race village at Windmill Farm at the top of the escarpment. Riders can now book a tent for the night before the start; and the Centriq Chill Zone with CBC draught beer and Fairview wines on the banks of the Tugela River. Only the riding should be tough…

Continuity is important to the Berg & Bush organisers and they’ve confirmed that Grindrod, Bell, Volvo, JoJo Tanks are all once again committed to the event. The investment from these brands all of which are leaders in their categories, allows the organisers to keep the entry fees exceptionally reasonable.

 

For those that aren’t sure of the format, here’s a summary:

Berg n Bush Descent

Duration: 3 days (6-8 October)

Ideal rider: Obsessed, fit and strong.

Format: Teams of two only

Cost: R11500 per team

Berg n Bush Great Trek

Duration: 3 days (10-12 October)

Ideal rider: Committed and fit; MTB couples

Format: Teams of two AND Solo

Cost: R11500 per team; R5750 per solo

Berg n Bush Two-Day

Duration: 2 days (14-15 October)

Ideal rider: Fun-loving, family-focussed, not super-fit

Format: Teams of two

Cost: R8600 per team

To find out more, or to secure your entry, visit www.bergandbush.co.za

30
May
2017

11:50
am

A trail rider's dream

If you’re looking for a special adventure on your mountain bike, then look no further than the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush. The Descent, G...

If you’re looking for a special adventure on your mountain bike, then look no further than the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush. The Descent, Great Trek and original 2 Day all take place in October this year, and once again the team has been working hard to prepare trails that increase thrills and limit spills.

With an intimate knowledge of the surrounding area, race organiser Gary Green is constantly tweaking the bushveld bliss (Read: Improved Route) of his three-day stage race (and the 2 Day).

The Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush takes riders through some of the best scenery and along some of the most incredible trails in South Africa. Starting at Sterkfontein Dam, the Great Trek and Descent takes riders on a winding journey off the escarpment and into the bushveld. With a team dedicated to creating a fun experience on and off the bike, the Berg & Bush is the ideal mountain bike getaway.
Photo: Em Gatland

 

This year, new developments include an upgraded Longdrop Pass down Spioenkop – built by Rob Dormehl of Garden Route Trail Park – and rejuvenated berms on the famous Bell Run. At present, there are also new single track routes being built and added to the event’s trail grail day two. This is a ride that truly is the Holy Trail of mountain biking. Watch: ‘We’ll see you at the bottom

“Our aim is always to leave the riders smiling, says Green. “We’ve found that over the years, if you keep improving the trails, and making them more fun, then riders will leave happy and return happy. From the moment last year’s 2 Day event ended, we have been coming up with ideas and plans to improve every aspect of the Berg & Bush.”

Some of those additions include the event partnering with the Cape Brewing Company and Fairview wines. A range of their respective products will be on offer at the Berg & Bush at the Centriq Chill Zone, which was a major highlight at the event last year.

To make riders feel at home during their stay at the Berg & Bush Em’seni race village, hammocks and bean bags were laid out in abundance, while a temporary sundowner deck was constructed over the Tugela River.

Photo: Em Gatland

 

One fan of the entire package was 2016 men’s champion, Erik Kleinhans (who rode to victory alongside Matt Beers). “It was my first time at the Berg & Bush last year, and I have to say it was a really special event,” says Kleinhans.

“The trails were incredible, but what I enjoyed the most was that they didn’t feel handmade. They looked and felt like they were part of the surroundings, so the riding really felt like you were out in the bush, far away from civilisation. The entire event was great fun, but it was very cool to just lose yourself in the veld. And of course, riding up then down Spioenkop is a truly spectacular way to finish three days of riding.”

Kleinhans was also impressed with the off-bike atmosphere of the event, which he says made it feel like a home away from home. “The race village was one of the best I have been in. It’s nice that most people stay there, so there are lots of people chilling out, but there is great food, great scenery and lots of opportunity to spend time with friends and other riders.”

Photo: Em Gatland

 

To make the Berg & Bush feel even more like your own bedroom, the event is now offering improved tents in the Kudu Camp. Here, riders can enjoy a large canvas safari tent with two beds and mattresses. No bending over, no rustling tent in the breeze and no jostling for position if you happen to be sharing.

To find out more, and to enter the 2016 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush, go to https://www.bergandbush.co.za/


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CONTACT

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

Entry Enquiries
Marinda Jelliman

General Enquiries
Jani Maritz

Sponsorship & marketing:
Roxanne Green
Email