REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD RIDE joBerg2c
1. See South Africa from a different perspective
From Day one, this has been the joBerg2c promise: the route is king! Riders of the Old Mutual joBerg2c are privileged enough to ride through some of the most spectacular rural lands that South Africa has to offer. Riders traverse four provinces in nine scenically different days; from the rocky highveld of Gauteng to the dry grasslands and maizelands of the Free State to the spectacular descent down the Drakensberg into Kwa-Zulu Natal, back up into the mist belt of Nottingham Rd which finally navigates through the breathtaking Umkomaas valley to the sea; you have plenty of adventure ahead of you!
2. Ride over mountains, through valleys and along glorious sections of single-track
These are sections of the route which make joBerg2c spectacular, and reason enough to ride. From the Vaal crossing on boats, to the highest point on Mount Paul, descending the escarpment via Great Wall My China to the historic Spioenkop Mountain, Farmer Glen’s innovative bridges and the Umkomaas Drop – this ride offers a special concoction of trails , created by three passionate mountain bikers for mountain bikers.
3. Eat, drink and ride
From the moment you embark from Heidelberg your every need is taken care of. From tented accommodation and all your meals to hot showers, beers and free Seattle Coffee to name but a few, you only need pedal from village to village. There is even an N3TC supporter tour which allows spectators and riders to follow friends, upload pictures and have all route info on hand.
4. Put your body and your spirit to the test
Nine days and 900km is no ride in the park. Riders put their bodies and minds to the test in a grueling adventure through the heart of South Africa. Arriving at the finish on the beach in Scottburgh becomes both a physical and emotional triumph. joBerg2c is the longest fully serviced stage ride in the world!
5. Relax and enjoy our hospitality
After a tough day out in the saddle, each race village provides a calm environment where you can refuel and recover for the next day’s ride. From homemade potjies, tender Karan Beef steaks and malva pudding to infinite variations of rusks, the food perfectly complements the unparalleled hospitality of these locals. The race villages, hosted by local communities alone will ensure that riders keep coming back every year.
6. Make a difference in these communities
Old Mutual joBerg2c puts its communities first. The race has successfully uplifted every community through which it has travelled. Each race village is run by a school which has benefited dramatically before, during and after the race has passed through their area. Each seconding table along the route belongs to a different charitable organization who benefits from the race in a way that ensures their support every year. Riders can be proud of their contribution to making a difference in the communities they ride through.
7. Ride alongside international riders
Last year we had 180 international riders join our race. From unintelligible Italians to enthusiastic Canadians to some massive teams of English including the British Army, the race has seen a myriad of nations join our riders in discovering the incredible country which the race explores. If you don’t believe us ask them they will tell you about this great ride!
8. Enjoy our sponsors
These guys do everything in their power every year to ensure the riders have an incredible experience. From the moment you wake up until you go to sleep at night, the sponsors ensure your every need is catered for. For your caffeine fix at 4.30am Seattle Coffee Co delivers over 20 000 free cups of espresso. Karan Beef keep the riders beefed up; Old Mutual and Avis Van Rental host chill zones for all riders offering comfy chairs, and free cold beers. Aquelle water keeps the riders well-hydrated with post ride hydration. Avis Van Rental are logistical heroes by transporting rider’s bags and mattresses and working tirelessly into the night. The rider experience would be nothing without these guys.
9. Share your stories (and calm your FOMO)
If you suffer from Fear Of Missing Out, enter now! It’s a helluva adventure as one particular team of foreigners discovered the hard way after a single day of racing, no experience/tyre sealant, and fifty devil thorns later. Another rider got a brake lever through his calf but managed to continue to finish. What would a stage race be without the banter in the race villages after the long day and the homely atmosphere and vibe provided by the race organisers and their stories.
10. Escape ordinary life!
Just ride it. Riding your bike for nine days without a care in the world is something you need to experience. It is 9 days of escape from ordinary life to do the extra-ordinary.