Cape Town - One of South
Africa’s premier mountain bike events hope to bring rapid relief to desperate
KwaZulu-Natal farmers this year with a welcome donation of water tanks.
Riders in last year’s Berg and Bush were shocked by the serious drought conditions affecting private
farms through which they passed, said event founder Gary Green.
“Our official race initiative this year is to partner with JoJo tanks to assist
farmers and their staff along the route.
“The riders have the option to
pledge a donation when they enter online and together we will provide water
tanks to help with the drought issue in an area which desperately needs aid.”
Green said their commitment to
social initiatives was one of several factors that made Berg and Bush a
favourite among the cycling community - and one of KwaZulu-Natal’s premier
multistage mountain bike races.
Comprising three separate races -
the Descent, Great Trek and 2-Day - that boast wide mountain and bushveld
vistas, Green believed it was one of the most beautiful in the country.
He said the route (a portion of which winds through privately-owned farms)
differs each year and riders could look forward to some exciting changes.
The original two-day race attracted
just 56 participants, said Green, but word quickly spread and the numbers
“Today, after 10 years, we host just
under 3 000 riders. We are obviously chuffed to have grown to our current
“To cope with the growing field,
we’ve developed a significant number of overtaking sections along our descents
so that riders can have a lot of free-riding,” said Green.
“We are always working on finding something special and try to stay innovative
to ensure that, above all else, riders have the best ride.”
“We have a lot of requests for race
accommodation on the night before the event, so some riders slept in tents at
“However, our race village simply
can’t handle the numbers, so we’re building a new registration race village at
Windmill Farm on top of the Drakensberg.”
Green said riders may opt to book
there on the night before the two three-day races.
Entries open on February 1 to riders
who competed in 2015 and on February 15 to the public.
For more info, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bergandbush.co.za.
Alternatively, find the race on
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