The Berg & Bush, one of South Africa’s oldest and most loved mountain bike stage races, is thrilled to announce Standard Bank as their new title sponsor for a period of three years. The Standard Bank Berg & Bush will take place this June in the shape of the three-day Descent (16-18 June) and the original 2-Day (24 & 25 June).
The Standard Bank Berg & Bush, with its Em’seni race village located near Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal, is widely regarded as one of the country’s top mountain bike events, with an emphasis on providing riders with fast, free-flowing trails and a warm race village atmosphere that entices riders to return year after year.
Berg & Bush founder Gary Green expressed his excitement and appreciation for this new partnership, saying, “As farmers we have worked with Standard Bank for many years and now, we are very happy to have them come on board as the title sponsor. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to not only continue providing what we know riders love but to also take the event to the next level. Standard Bank, with its excellent history of sports sponsorship, is a great fit for the event and we look forward to working with them to deliver an exceptional experience for all participants.”
Standard Bank has partnered with Berg & Bush to support the growth of the mountain biking community in South Africa and to connect with clients and communities during the popular and much-loved event.
“We are excited about embarking on this journey with the Berg & Bush mountain bike race, supporting the growth of mountain biking as a sport in South Africa and helping the communities along the picturesque route,” said Gugu-Lisa Zwane-Johnson, Head of Brand and Marketing, Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking.
“Standard Bank has a long and proud track record of supporting South African sports and sporting events that promote an active and healthy lifestyle and this new partnership is an extension of this passion, so we look forward to being part of this showcase event in the mountain biking fraternity,” she concluded.
Entries are open for the 2023 Standard Bank Berg & Bush Descent and 2-Day, but limited numbers remain.