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Berg and Bush adopts Qhubeka initiative

The Berg and Bush mountain bike race has adopted the Qhubeka bike initiative as the official charitable beneficiary for its 10th edition that takes place in the Central Drakensberg this year. Photo: Kelvin Trautman

The Berg and Bush mountain bike race has adopted the Qhubeka bike initiative as the official charitable beneficiary for its 10th edition that takes place in the Central Drakensberg this year. The initiative, which provides bicycle transportation for deserving underprivileged candidates, is currently enjoying the international spotlight ahead of Team MTN-Qhubeka’s debut at next week’s Tour de France. Berg and ...

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Berg and Bush invest in clean mountain biking

Mountain bikers can look forward to brand-new ablution facilities with a view over the Tugela River for the 10th edition of the Berg and Bush stage race in October. Photo: Kelvin Trautman

The Berg and Bush mountain bike race celebrates 10 years of existence this year but new ablution facilities and luxury-style camping will ensure that the “decade of dirt” catchphrase refers only to the single-track trails. Race founder Gary Green said cyclists’ needs had changed substantially since he started the event with just 56 participants back in 2006. “When the race ...

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Berg and Bush celebrates decade of dirt

The Berg and Bush mountain bike event marks a “decade of dirt” this year with major celebrations and extensive route changes planned for the 10th edition of the Central Drakensberg stage race later this year.
Photos: Kelvin Trautman

The Berg and Bush mountain bike event marks a “decade of dirt” with major celebrations and extensive route changes planned for the 10th edition of the Central Drakensberg stage race later this year. Race founder Gary Green said one of the new additions would be the “Race up Spioenkop” – a 1.5km hill climb on the Descent feature route – ...

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Spioenkop site of Berg & Bush battle

Participants in this year’s FedGroup Berg & Bush two-day race took on a “race within a race” during the Subaru Battle of Spioenkop in the Central Drakensberg on October 18. Photo: Nik Muzik

Spioenkop was the site of a skirmish of a different sort as mountain bikers vied for victory in the inaugural Subaru Battle of Spioenkop during the FedGroup Berg & Bush stage race in the Central Drakensberg earlier this month. A few hardy souls in the two-day event soldiered their way up the 1.44km climb as they took on the optional ...

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FedGroup Berg & Bush Great Trek Stage 2

Riders battling up Spioenkop - Photo EmGatland

When the word Spioenkop is mention at a race briefing you know the following day will be a proper day of mountain biking. And stage 2 came with a couple of new twists; this 60km route would offer the riders 1500 meters of climbing and a whole lot of brand new single track. The day started with riders hitting Fanakalore ...

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FedGroup Berg & Bush Great Trek Stage 1

Uncle Solly's Drakensberg Drop

A new start, some new single track going down into Kwa-Zulu Natal and all-round tough mountain biking. That is stage one of the Great Trek. Gary Green and crew pulled out all the stops again, making sure that this race will keep the true mountain bikers come back every year for more. The day started at the Border Post on ...

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Hill ready to climb mountains at Berg & Bush

Andrew Hill (TIB-Thule) will be hoping to make his mark in this year’s FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike stage race alongside new partner Tyrone White. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Finishline Photo

Last year’s runner-up Andrew Hill will be looking to ascend to the top step of the podium at the FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike stage race, which starts in the Central Drakensberg this Friday. Hill, who finished second in 2013 with Luke Roberts, will be vying for the title in the three-day Descent feature race alongside new teammate Tyrone ...

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Alpe d’Huez comes to Berg & Bush

Participants in this year’s FedGroup Berg & Bush two-day race can enjoy an Alpe d’Huez-style race up Spioenkop in the Central Drakensberg on October 18. Photo: Kelvin Trautman

Mountain bikers who have signed up for the original two-day stage race at the FedGroup Berg & Bush can enjoy the thrill of an Alpe d’Huez-style charge up Spioenkop on October 18. Race organiser Gary Green said he had decided it would be fitting to introduce a fun Tour de France-style element on the landmark ascent in the Central Drakensberg. ...

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Berg & Bush brings books to rural schools

Participants in the FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike race, which traverses the Central Drakensberg from October 10, have donated almost R70 000 worth of library books and furniture to underprivileged rural schools along the route. Photo: Supplied

Participants in October’s FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike race have donated almost R70 000 worth of library books and furniture to underprivileged rural schools in the Central Drakensberg. The race’s community coordinator Nicky Green said she had been surprised and touched by the response from participants, who had made voluntary donations as part of their entry process. “We have ...

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KZN race features new Drakensberg drop-off

The FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike stage race will feature a brand-new drop off the Drakensberg escarpment when it starts near Sterkfontein Dam on October 10. Photo: Supplied

Participants in next month’s FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike stage race can look forward to a spectacular new drop off the Drakensberg escarpment, organisers have announced. Known as the Drakensberg Drop, the new section will take riders on a long and scenic descent via ancient cattle paths from the Free State border into KwaZulu-Natal. Race organiser Gary Green said ...

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