Set a race pace on three days of flowing trails with a challenging endurance test on day 1. Enter in teams of two or solo.
Price per team of 2
NEW: Registration for the Descent will take place at Em’seni – The Race Village – on Thursday, 30 May 2024.
For the race start on Friday, 31 May you have TWO options:
If you select the “Bus to Start” option, your bike will be transported to the start on Thursday.
You will get breakfast at Em’seni.
Shuttle bookings will open in January 2024.
What a great way to start this day high up in the Drakensberg mountains. The sun would have risen as we cycle along the top of the escarpment with sweeping views over KwaZulu Natal. The purpose-built single track built by Sollie Prinsloo traverses through legendry places like Sollie’s Folly, Kirstenbosch wild proteas and yellow wood forests. The Descent into KwaZulu Natal begins at an altitude of 1800 metres above sea level and drops to 900 metres. We begin the descent down an old 4×4 pass called Bezuidenhout’s pass used by local farmers to move their cattle up into the Free State for the summer months and then back down again in the winter. We then veer off on tracks down Qwaggshoek Game farm a beautiful game farm covering both mountains and forest valleys before we end up at the farm entrance. Some fast farm roads then bring us to maize and soya bean fields before arriving at our final big climb of the day passing the historic Easby house. Flowing single tracks under beautiful Acacia trees and the final drop down to The Tugela River ends one of the great days of riding your mountain bike.
Leaving the race village, we soon start climbing out of the Tugela valley past the historic Spioenkop lodge before a long descent through Mount Alice Farm. We will have great views of the Drakensberg mountains as we climb back up via Shongololo single track. Another long descent down Big Red, a 4 x4 track, takes us into St Anton’s – an exhilarating purpose-built track down a ravine riding through large herds of game. Riding along some quiet farm roads we eventually come to the challenge of the day Mike’s Pass. This short sharp cheeky climb challenges most riders before summiting out onto the most incredible views of the Tugela River far below. We then descend down the most fun sections of the day being Puffadder pass and Mazambane. Following single track riding along the banks of the Tugela River we eventually arrive home having had such a fun day out.
Early morning will take the riders to the base of Spioenkop on the southern side of the mountain where we ascend the Zig Zigs. Here riders follow a mellow gradient up and around 13 corners to where the real fun begins. We traverse the side of the mountain for a while before descending down the Fanagalo single track, a section of route which was used in The World Single Speed Champs a few years ago. Riding along the banks of the Tugela River, we pass through Tugela River Lodge before the next climb of the day, which is up and over Brakfontein Hill. Boer fortifications can be seen where they waited for the British to cross the river in 1899. Riders then descend down into The Kloof, a fun flowing section through beautiful African bushveld. At the bottom of The Kloof we ride along the dry river bed, passing Blue Cliffs before climbing out the other side on a section built by well-known trail builder, Glen Harrison. A fast descent, and along sections following cattle tracks, we eventually arrive at Spioenkop mountain climb. This 1.5km climb tests everyone’s fitness before summiting. The 13km descent back to the race village remains a highlight for many mountain bikers.
Refunds processed up to 30 April 2024 will be refunded at 90% of entry fee.
However you can also sell your entry to another rider and do an online substitution.
The same refund policy applies to the cost of a tent, if it cannot be sold to another rider.
No refunds will be made on partial payments. You need to be fully paid up to qualify for refund policy above.
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Take the N3 South towards Durban. Go straight through the Tugela Toll Plaza. After 10kms you will find the Bergville offramp. Go up the left ramp and then LEFT towards LADYSMITH on the N11. After 4.6kms turn right onto the R600 towards Spioenkop Dam. After about 15km Em’seni is on your left hand below Spionkop dam wall.
Take the N3 North. After Estcourt, pass Ultra City, then take the first offramp Left to BERGVILLE/CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG (R74). Proceed left towards Winterton. Go STRAIGHT through Winterton. After 1km take the R600 right to Spioenkop Dam. Proceed straight for 18km. Em’seni is on the right.
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1st: R20 000
2nd: R15 000
3rd: R10 000
1st: R20 000
2nd: R15 000
3rd: R10 000
Race up Spioenkop:
Equal Prizemoney – Men & Women:
1st: R15 000
2nd: R10 000
3rd: R5 000
VETS (40 – 49) TEAMS:
MASTERS (50 – 59) TEAMS:
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BIG BUGGERS (teams over 200kg) TEAMS: 1st, 2nd and 3rd
We are excited to announce that we have again partnered with Science to Sport’s A/Prof Mike Posthumus to bring you a scientifically developed training programme for the Berg & Bush. The training programme is available to anyone who enters the 2023 Berg & Bush before 16 February of this year. The programme will begin on 20 February. Details will be sent via Newsletter to all entered riders.
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Delicious meals from Friday Evening to Lunch on Sunday at Em’seni Race Village.
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24-hour Snack Station
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