DESCENT

3 DAYS
2nd - 3rd October 2020
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
6th - 8th October 2020
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
10th - 11th October 2020
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!

Descent
2nd to 4th October (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
 
The Great Midweek

6 - 8th October (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
10 & 11th October (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) 
 

 

 
 
NEWSLETTER

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

You can subsitute your entry with another rider at R300 per rider and can be done at event registration or online. No entries will be carried over to the following year under any circumstances.

REFUND POLICY:

Full refund before 1 July 2020. 

Refunds processed between from 2 July and up to 2nd September 2020 will be refunded at 70% of entry fee.

No refunds will be made after 2nd September 2020.

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

No refunds will be made on partial payments at all. You need to be fully paid up by the end of July to qualify for refund policy above.

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 2019?

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: For the first time ever, The Great Midweek Registration will take place at Emseni Camp on Monday 7 October 2019

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 3 October 2019)?

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 R600 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.

How much does it cost to enter in 2019?

Descent & The Great Midweek per team: R12700
Descent & The Great Midweek solo: R6600
2 Day: R9200

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. These are 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 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, but you are absolutely welcome to substitute with another rider in your place.

CONTACT

Entry Enquiries:
Entry Ninja
Phone
087 012 5044
Email

Sponsorship & marketing:
Roxanne Green
Email

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