Cape Town - Nine days, 900km, four provinces, 99.5% off road and 110% mountain biking adventure. This is joberg2c,
the beloved brainchild of two farmers, one city guy and their collective
imagination run wild.
Now in its 10th year of existence, joberg2c
attracts a fiercely loyal following of local and international riders and
Most importantly, it is designed and run as a community event.
relying on the support of rural schools and communities, which in turn,
benefit from the vital economic stimulus that the race provides.
no secret that joberg2c puts its communities first,” explains joberg2c co-founder and race director Craig
“Since its inception 10 years ago, the
race has successfully uplifted every community through which it has travelled.”
Starting on the Karan
beef farm 40km south of Johannesburg, the 9-day route traverses through
Gauteng, a little bit of Mpumalanga, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal before
ending at Scottburgh on the South Coast.
Testament to its
slogan, Ride the Beloved Country, the joberg2c takes riders through
the very heart of South Africa. The event attracts a mix of local and international
riders, and in 2019, joBerg2c will welcome 233
internationals from 27 different countries.
race village is run by a school that has benefited dramatically before, during
and after the race has passed through their area. Also, each seconding table
along the route belongs to a different charitable organization that
benefits from the race in a way that ensures their support every year.
In 2018, the joberg2c
paid out R4 million to schools and institutions to host the race villages and
“We paid out a further
R1.2 million to various suppliers directly on our route and towards our route
building,” notes Wapnick.
“Our partner schools vary from Model C to private
schools, which all - in their own way - are keeping communities alive. In fact,
the event is the biggest source of external income for most of the communities
that joberg2c passes through!”
In addition to the paid
beneficiaries, joberg2c also works with official charities that use the event
to raise funds. The joberg2c team has partnered with a few charities that have
done invaluable work, including The Nelson Mandela Library Project and Surgeons
for Little Lives. The joberg2c team recently attended the latest library launch
made possible by the race, which is the 13th library directly on the
“We also sponsor
a Soweto-based team as joberg2c: this team started out as four, and has grown
to 10 talented riders,” adds Wapnick.
Beyond making escapist fantasies
a reality, joberg2c works with as many companies as it can that are truly
making a difference in South Africa. So whether it is clothing manufacturers or
marquee hiring companies, the event team carefully researches the company and
how many people they employ, and their ethics.
“Today, the total
amount paid back into communities is approximately R30 million (a conservative
estimate!) over a 10-year period,” says Wapnick.
“We look forward to
many more thrilling years of riding the beloved country and giving back to SA’s
incredible people and communities.”
To find out more, visit www.joberg2c.co.za.