All your joBerg2c questions answered
You are a step closer to the ride of your life!
We have taken the time to translates this newsletter into a few languages. The English version can be found below, for other languages click on the links below:
1. What is joBerg2c?
joBerg2c is a full-service 9 day 900km (600mile) point to point mountain bike stage ride / race through four provinces of South Africa. It starts 50km south of Johannesburg on the Karan Beef farm and finishes 9 days later on the beach in Scottburgh a small town 50km south of Durban.
It is not a tour and you will have to earn your medal by riding the full 9 days. If you are fit you will enjoy the ride and if you are fit and fast you can race for some great prize money and prizes.
2. How many years has joBerg2c been going?
2019 will be the 10th edition of the event. The event will take place from 26 April to 4 May 2019 – registration is on the 25th April in Johannesburg.
3. How many riders participate?
The field size is limited to 750 riders. We have around 300 travelling crew to ensure that we make the joBerg2c special.
4. When will entries open and how much does it cost?
- Entries will open on 10th Jun. For more information go here
- Group discount – for every 10 riders entering in a group, one will ride free or it will be 10% off your entry fee
- Price does not include flights.
What does your registration fee include:
- Nine days of private and public route across South Africa with full medical and off-road rescue support
- 250km of single track trails over the 900km route
- Eight full supported race villages with tented accommodation (a two-man tent to share or if you are riding solo then a tent to yourself!)
- In addition, you will receive a 10cm comfy mattress. You will need to bring your own single sheet, sleeping bag (-8deg Celsius), pillow and a thin blanket
- Three awesome meals a day plus stacks of snacks in between at some of the finest race villages you will ever experience hosted by local communities – including some of the finest mouth-watering Karan Beef steaks (please let us know if you have a special dietary requirement – we will try to accommodate you)
- Access to all the race facilities i.e. hot proper showers, bike wash facility, free Seattle Coffee etc.
- Extensive Medical support is included however you will need travel insurance in case of hospitalisation
- Full logistical support from Avis Van Rental who will transport your bag from race village to race village
- Water points / hydration zones – each day you will be treated to 2-3 water points along the route. These are not your average water points. People have been known to put on weight during joBerg2c because of the great food.
- You will not go hungry. We would however, suggest that you bring your favourite energy bars / drinks along with you
- Awesome private route that you cannot ride any other time through hundreds of farms and rural communities
- Loads of other nice things that we will surprise you with including items of clothing
Does not include:
- Any flights to and from the event
- Accommodation before and after the event
- Any shuttles you may need to and from airports
- Shuttle to the start in Heidelberg will be a nominal extra
- Massages and bike mechanic service (see the Service section for more information)
- Drinks from our race village bars (profits go to schools).
6. Does the website have a link for important travel information including visas?
Yes for more important information on travelling to South Africa please visit our website.
7. Explain the route?
The route if 95% off-road, with a combination of rural gravel roads, quiet farms roads, and over 250km of single track trails. Visit our website for more information.
8. What is GPS navigation?
GPS navigation means you will need to use a GPS device to navigate the route. We have done this for 4 years and it is really simple and special way to follow the route. We have loads of support and back up but it is a great way to take in the country and for us to keep our route clean from marking. Please click here for more info.
Please don’t be scared of this it is really fun and easy – talk to us if you are worried.
9. How fit do I have to be?
Your bum needs to be able to cope with 9 days 900km of riding – so this is important to ride lots. You need to be able to make our very reasonable cut offs for safety reasons.
If you want to race joBerg2c then you need to be fit and fast and you should consider consulting with expert trainers for specific advice.
If you want to enjoy the ride you need to be able to a minimum of two rides in the week and two on the weekend starting as soon as possible in the build-up. It best to find a group of riders who are training for joBerg2c and you can join them.
Over the years all shapes and sizes have finished the journey – to have a really good time you don’t want to be on your bike all day – you would like to be in the village by 2 to 3pm each day so you can still enjoy an afternoon beer.
Please see our training section on our website if you want professional advice.
10. What bike is best for joBerg2c?
This is very subjective – there are many riders who ride different bikes.
If you want to race then the best would be a light marathon full suspension bike
If you want to ride to enjoy then a slightly longer travel marathon or light trail bike will be perfect.
If you only have a hard tail and you are quite tough then you will be fine.
We even have some crazy people riding the event on rigid single speed bikes.
We ride the dry run on 29inch marathon bikes capable of being trail bikes.
NB fast rolling, tubeless tyres, with a strong side wall are essential and possibly more important than what bike you ride. Please don’t try ride without tubeless tyres – this is Africa we have rocks and thorns!
11. When should I arrive before the event?
If you are travelling from far away we recommend you arrive in Johannesburg a few days before to acclimatize. We are planning to offer some pre ride options and local tours so keep in touch.
12. What can do after the event if I want to stay on in South Africa for a holiday?
There are many exciting things to after the event if you want to stay on – South Africa is famous for our safari’s and you could also plan a trip to Cape Town. If you want to do more riding in other parts of the country let us know and we can point you in the right direction.
13. Who can I contact in my country if I need more information?
We have some great contacts on our website for more info from riders. We will also put you in touch with other riders from your country if they all agree to forming a group.
14. Who should I contact at the event for more information?
15. Can I ride for a charity?
Many of our riders choose to ride for a charity – we have three awesome charities that we encourage riders to get involved with- both these charities are doing great things on our route to assist those people in need. South Africa is a land of the haves and the have nots and through joBerg2c we try to assist in correcting the imbalance in our own small way.
Please visit our website to find out more about the Nelson Mandela Library Project, the Surgeons for Little Lives.
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