Summer Training Rides delivered by Avis Van Rental
Join the Old Mutual joBerg2c crew and our sponsors, Avis Van Rental, for some killer training days to get you ready for the big event. Read on for details.
We’re excited to be bringing you kilometres of trail and liters of beer with our friends at Avis Van Rental. We’re kicking off prep for the main event with an Old Mutual joBerg2c Off-Road Show with proper GPS routes. Routes of 50-70 kilometres all over the country has been identified and we will be providing info sessions around the Old Mutual joBerg2c stage race itself at these events.
These training days will give you the opportunity to meet fellow riders, get in some great biking and to try out your GPS.
Open to both Old Mutual joBerg2c 2018 riders and non-riders. Here are the exact details of each event.
Van Gaalens, Magaliesburg, Gauteng – Ride for Erik
- 07:00 Start
- 18 November 2017
- Distance ±50km (don’t be fooled by distance this will be a proper training ride)
- Two GPS routes – One super technical and physical and one less technical but still physical
- Donation of R150 towards Erik’s state of the art electric exercise wheel chair (includes a free beer or cold drink)
Many of you know the legend that is Erik ‘Van Gaalen’. For those of you who don’t, Erik had a life-changing accident and all of the proceeds raised on this training day will go towards his next electric exercise wheel chair.
The route will of course be followed by a beer or two and some of the famous Van Gaalen’s cheese. If you are up for a challenge, take the technical route. If you are there to relax and take it easy, there will be a route for that too. Anybody who knows Erik and loves mountain biking is welcome. The venue is great for families and kids.
The main thing is to support Erik and have a good day – so you can do your own shorter routes too and of course if you are training to win joBerg2c you can also do a longer ride.
GPS files will be sent to all those who RSVP by Thursday 16th November.
Welvanpas, Wellington, Western Cape
- 07:00 Start
- 9 December 2017
We’re going to be rallying some Cape riders to try trails beyond the Cape and to join us for Old Mutual joBerg2c 2018 The route at Welvanpas will be challenging, but rewarding (much like a certain 9 day stage race), and will be an awesome opportunity to find out more about next year’s Old Mutual joBerg2c event and just talk mountain bike.
There will also be some cold ones waiting to be enjoyed at the end of the trail for all riders and entry to the training day will be covered for all Old Mutual joBerg2c 2018 riders.
Hola Trails, Ballito, Kwa-Zulu Natal
- Early Start (Time TBC)
- 20 December 2017
Nic Jordan from Hola Trails will be setting us up with a long, lekker trail for us. Even if you ride there frequently or have tried out their trails before, this one is going to be different. You can get a taste of 2018’s Old Mutual joBerg2c with trails that include fields of sugarcane and rugged dirt paths, flowing single track, root and rock gardens, dropoffs, switchbacks, berms and bridges.
We will be starting early due to heat (don’t worry, there’ll be an ice cold beer waiting for you after the ride).
Garden Route Trail Park, Barrington, Western Cape
- 07:00 – 8:00 start
- 30 December 2017
Nope, you’re not hallucinating, we really are suggesting you join us for a 60km ride just a day before NYE—what a way to end off 2017! You can also get started on your celebrations with some beers at the end of the route. This will be a very challenging route into the forest behind the park and will finish off with some of the best single track you’ll ever ride (it’s a big statement, but if you don’t believe us you’ll just have to pull through to see for yourself). This is ideal training for Old Mutual joBerg2c and even Epic training.
This training day is family-friendly and has pump track and trails for the little ones to explore.
Big Red Barn, Pretoria, Gauteng
- Time TBC
- 27 January 2018
- Distance TBC
Dom Cullinan is putting together a fun training ride for us and we’ll also be there to give you some tips in our How to Ride Single Track Fast training session. We’ll have some speedsters giving you tips which will come in very handy on the track, whether you’re joining us for Old Mutual joBerg2c 2018 or not.
If reading about these training days has got your pulse racing, you need to consider entering joBerg2c 2018, now THAT will get your pulse racing. Find out what the 10 reasons why you should ride joBerg2c are if you’re not convinced, or enter now if you’re excited to mountain bike South Africa.