Experience the joy of pure trail riding: fewer riders, more relaxed. Solo entries are available.
TRAIL RUN: 15km on Day 1, 10km on Day 2, Champagne Breakfast and Yoga on Day 3
This day follows the same route as Descent Day 2, where you’ll enjoy plenty of bushveld riding and single track. The climb up “Ox Wagon Hill” awards you breath taking views of the Drakensberg mountains before you follow the tracks made by cattle and game farmers along dry river beds. Reserve some energy in the legs for “Mike’s Pass” and then enjoy the rush of the “Puff Adder Pass” descent back to the Tugela River. You’ll then follow more cattle tracks along the river before the final crossing over the Tugela River to the finish.
This new route starts on the dairy farm belonging to the Green family and heads to the south side of Spioenkop mountain. A brand new “Zig-Zag” route takes you high up the mountain before a spectacular descent down into “Fanagalo” which was used for the World Single Speed Champs. The new track heads through the Middledale Flats, original farm of the Green family; farm roads eventually lead to the wagon trail to Bergville before you descend down the final tracks into Em’seni Race Village.
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.
NEW ROUTE FOR 2022!
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However you can also sell your entry to another rider and do an online substitution.
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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.
NO CAR SHUTTLES NEEDED FOR THE GREAT MIDWEEK. START AND FINISH IN THE SAME RACE VILLAGE.
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Sports Massage can help maintain the body in better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility, restore mobility to inured muscles and tissues, boost performance and extend the overall life of your sporting career.
Recovery Zone – Foam Rollers, stretching mats, calf & foot stretchers, resistance bands and Ice Bath Bins.
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Disposable face hole covers will be used and changed after each session.
Beds cleaned and sanitized
A separate entry & exit into the massage tent to stop congestion at change over
Our world-class Berg & Bush training programmes, developed by Dr. Mike Posthumus of Science to Sport are up and running. Mike is a passionate mountain biker who has taken part in our events a number of times. He loves nothing more than helping riders achieve their fitness goals, so we can’t wait to see all of you flying up the Berg & Bush trails in June.
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Delicious meals from Friday Evening to Lunch on Sunday at Em’seni Race Village.
Well-stocked watertables along the Route
24-hour Snack Station
We have vegetarian and gluten-free options available – please choose your option on the entry form.
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Not convinced to enter just yet? Take a look at some of our favourite memories from past events to whett your appetite!