The Old Mutual joBerg2c has embraced GPS.

Our GPS Gurus

We have joined forces with EasyBike who will be our GPS information and support gurus. They will be able to answer questions leading up to the event, at registration and during the event. If you have any questions, you can also email them directly on sales@easybike.co.za

They are also retail experts on GPS. To see their offering visit  www.easybike.co.za.

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. In our opinion, this incredible system of navigation has made the Old Mutual joBerg2c a better event. It is tried and tested and it is so easy to use!

  • There will be no more luminous spray paint on loose rocks, or day-glow tape anywhere – which is better for your natural riding environment.
  • Our route and single-track will still be prepared 110% for happiness but now riders will feel a sense of adventure using their GPS.
  • You will be able to show friends and family exactly where you have ridden, what your stats were, etc.
  • It will force riders to slow down and smell the cow poo as they cross this great county.

To make life easier we come up an FAQs section to help you answer some questions we think you may have.

What type of GPS do I need? 

Any light GPS that can be mounted on a bike, upload tracks and allows you to follow these tracks.

What devices are recommended?

The list below is just a small selection of the suitable GPS navigation devices available. To find out if your GPS unit is suitable, you need to establish if it can upload GPX files to follow tracks. Go online to check, there are many forums and websites about the model you will be interested in. Simply type the name of your model and the word GPX and you will find all the info you need.

We are not endorsing any particular unit. You will also have to do some research to make sure you are happy.

1. Bryton

– Rider 40

– Rider 60

2. Suunto

– Ambit

– Ambit 2

3. Garmin

There are many Garmin models that can upload and follow GPX tracks and there are many that can’t – you will need to do some research to find out if your model is suitable. We do know that some models like the Edge 500 do not upload GPX directly but there is way to do it via Garmin Connect. Contact Garmin directly for more information.

4. PowerTap

– Joule GPS

Our goal is to provide you with a wonderful GPS experience regardless of which device you use – we will have a generic approach to GPS so that we include all users. Our recommendation is to get your GPS device soon and practise – it is easy. If you have an issue please contact us.

Why do I need a special GPS unit and not my mobile phone?

Okay, this is a good question so follow carefully. You can theoretically use some apps on your mobile phone to link to GPS direct without requiring network signal, however, this is not optimal as there are many areas of the ride where data connection for mobile phones is non-existent.

Other reasons mobile phones are not appropriate as your main GPS device:

  • The battery on a mobile phone will run out quickly
  • The screen on a mobile phone times out to avoid the battery running out, so you need to keep activating the screen to come on which further wastes battery (and could be dangerous)
  • You will need to find a bike mount for your mobile phone, and if it rains most mobile phones are not waterproof
  • The screens are very difficult to see in the sun on most mobile phones
  • Mobile phones are not robust and if you do have a fall they could shatter unlike GPS devices which are more rugged.

The idea is to use your mobile as a backup. Take it with you in case but do not rely on it. It is not a suitable substitute for a dedicated GPS device. Your GPS device is easy to see and follow, it will stay on at all times, it uses a fraction of the battery power, and it is designed for this purpose.

When will we receive the route files to upload to our GPS devices?

We will send the final daily routes to you in early April 2017. These files will also be available at registration at our GPS helpdesk – our gurus will be there to assist. Try not to wait until registration to upload as you want to be comfortable with this before.

How do we upload these files?

We will send you GPX files of the final route – each device has its own software or online offering, which you will need to be familiar with in order to upload from your computer. Your device will come with all that information, however we are available to provide help on all devices. If you are struggling we will have a dedicated person to guide you through it.

Do I need to upload maps on to my device?

NO and this is a big NO. Maps are not necessary – all you need to do if follow the route on your device. Maps are difficult to follow on a small device like a bike GPS and they chow battery. You are simply tracking a route each day and most devices have a warning to let you know you are off the route.

Remember with GPS you could go wrong but you will never get lost!

How does GPS work?

You will have the route for each day uploaded in your device. You will select the day and off you go. You will follow what is called the “breadcrumb” track. If you go off the track most devices let you know that you are off, in addition you will see your arrow is off the track. On the Old Mutual joBerg2c you should have no trouble staying on track as our route is linear (point A to B).

Will I have enough battery life?

You should have more than enough for each day and in some cases even more. Every manufacturer is different but try go for a device that has the longest battery life. Most modern units have very good battery life.

Do both riders have to have GPS in the team?

Yes, not only does this help you navigate quicker by checking each other but also safer when racing. In fact, this is especially important for the racing snakes. Having two units lets you plan ahead. One rider can have a big view of what’s coming and the other rider zooms in.

What happens if my GPS runs out of battery life or stops working and I am on route?

You will need to follow other riders and we will have our off-road rescue partners ensuring all riders get back safely.

What is stopping me from taking shorter routes?

We will be having check points to ensure all riders are on track. This will also ensure we know if anyone is lost.

Can I ride the routes outside of the event?

No, unfortunately not. Most of our route is through private land and farmers will treat any other riders on their land as trespassers. They have been instructed to shoot. This will jeopardise any future events.

Which make of GPS is better?

We have tried a few makes from entry-level through to top-end and they all work well. The main thing to consider is your budget, your needs and their support level. Questions you should ask: do I want more than a GPS i.e. training, heart rate, power etc.

Will there be GPS support at the event?

We will have full GPS support from guys who know their stuff during the event. Your manufacturers will have websites devoted to helping you too, visit their sites and ask loads of questions.

How will I charge my GPS unit during the event?

All riders will receive an Amped power charging unit from the event. Amped will be coming along for the 9 days to charge these units (they will not charge cell phones or GPS units).

If you have any concerns, please email Craig.