Old Mutual JoBerg2c

Friday, 20 April 2018 - Saturday, 28 April 2018
GautengKaran Beef, Heidleberg to Scottburgh, KZN

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The Old Mutual joBerg2c is riding the off-roads less travelled and trails never travelled. It is racing, riding and touring across this magnificent country. It is sharing a passion for mountain biking with those who love riding.

 

From the creators of South Africa’s two favourite mountain bike stage races, the Berg & Bush and Sani2c, comes a ride set to capture the imagination of passionate mountain bikers across the country, if not the world. Starting in the south of Johannesburg and finishing nine days later at Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. Part race part adventure, the Old Mutual joBerg2c takes competitors through the country, from the heat and dust of the big city to the cool crisp air of the sea via spectacular mountainous passes.

 

Using a community-driven formula along the way, the race will also uplift communities and give them a fool-proof way to raise money for their schools, churches and charities. Every organisation who works on the Old Mutual joBerg2c will be paid. From road crossings to watering points, it is a way for these communities to raise money and work together for fun.

 

In Old Mutual we have found a sponsor that is committed to the vision of the event. It will not just be about media exposure, of which there will be plenty, it is about an association with a lifestyle and our sponsors being excited to be part of the event.

 

Our aim is to provide a journey where the destination is less important than the experience along the way.

 

Find out about Bike Hub's experience at last year's event here.

Venue

Karan Beef, Heidleberg to Scottburgh, KZN, Gauteng
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fanievb, Nov 06 2017 04:11

Event Name: Old Mutual JoBerg2c
When: 20 March 2017 - 28 April 2018
Where: Karan Beef, Heidleberg to Scottburgh, KZN, Gauteng
Category: MTB
 

 

 

20 March 2017 - 28 April 2018

bliksem that's going to be a proper ride ..... 

 

 

edit: screenshot, just incase people think I'm crazy  :whistling:  :ph34r: 
J2C.JPG

 

Andrew Steer, Nov 06 2017 04:13

 

 

20 March 2017 - 28 April 2018

bliksem that's going to be a proper ride ..... 

 

 

Munga Schmunga!

Kylie, Nov 06 2017 04:16

 

 

20 March 2017 - 28 April 2018

bliksem that's going to be a proper ride ..... 

 

Ooops  :blush:

Dirt De Vil, Mar 06 2018 12:00

7 Weeks to go!

 
Its very quite on the hub wrt Joberg2C, you guys out training?

Wannabe, Mar 06 2018 12:17

Training starts in earnest after the CTCT. 

Dirt De Vil, Mar 07 2018 04:21

The packing list states that you require a minus 8 degree rated sleeping bag. Did it get that cold in previous years?

Wannabe, Mar 08 2018 08:00

Jip, one or two nights was a bit chilly/wet.

And don't forget the wet weather clothing!!

Dirt De Vil, Apr 05 2018 07:12

Two weeks to go!  :clap: 

Andrew Steer, Apr 05 2018 07:44

Two weeks to go!  :clap:

 

Lucky buggers! Wish I was riding again... maybe next year  :blush:

Wannabe, Apr 05 2018 07:50

Also having a severe case of FOMO. My two training buddies are doing it again this year, I just could not manage the entrance fee. Maybe next year again. 

GavS, Apr 05 2018 08:13

First time rider this year, looking forward to it

Dirt De Vil, Apr 05 2018 08:23

First time rider this year, looking forward to it

I'm in the same boat, can't wait.

Wannabe, Apr 05 2018 08:28

You guys are in for the time of your life.

Roneblack46, Apr 05 2018 07:24

Second year riding this, first was 2017. Single Speed again. It is going to be awesome. I have a sneaky feeling the weather is not going to play nice. a bit wet me thinks...

 

You Cape Town guys will enjoy...

Warthog, Apr 05 2018 08:52

Second year riding this, first was 2017. Single Speed again. It is going to be awesome. I have a sneaky feeling the weather is not going to play nice. a bit wet me thinks...

 

Cool! What gear ratio you're running?

RearWheelDrive, Apr 06 2018 06:54

www.aride4mybike.co.za

 

Bicycle transport!!

Roneblack46, Apr 06 2018 07:23

Cool! What gear ratio you're running?

Day 1-4,7 - 34Oval/16 (maybe a 17 for D4?)

Day 5,6,8,9 - 34Oval/17 (If the legs are still good)

Lighthouse, Apr 06 2018 09:12

Doing my first ride this year....solo nogal.

 

Very excited to get going.

Anything suggestions or advice from you guys who have done this before?

How much riding kit do you need, and is there any other special tips or tricks that I need to know?

 

Thanks

Wannabe, Apr 06 2018 11:35

Lighthouse, no problem in doing it Solo, there is always other riders around you.

 

Three kits of cycling clothing is sufficient, they do laundry every second day.

Take a spare set of cycling shoes, if you've got, in case (quite likely) that rains one or two days. (top tip, for wet shoes, stuff it full of newspaper, and place it upside down for the water to drip out)

 

Have a good look at the packing list, it is quite comprehensive.

They do supply a rather large (numbered) bag to put your stuff in. You must use this, as they place it out at the race village, and you need to be able to identify your bag. To get there, pack your stuff in an old bag that you would not mind dumping once you got your lovely new Joberg2C bag.

Sleeping bag, take a plastic bag with to put it in, mine got wet on Day 5 (luckily the camp was at the school, and they dried it out for me at their laundry, otherwise I would have had a wet and miserable night)

Take some wet weather riding kit with, we needed it on day 5 and 9.

It is quite nippy in the mornings, so you will at some stage need arm warmers and other base layers. Luckily they have bags at the waterpoints in which you can put your stuff once it gets warmer, you just collect it again at the race village in the evenings.

Also take some warm clothing with to wear at camp at night, as I said, it does get a bit nippy. Luckily they supply a nice beanie to keep the noggin warm.

 

If you did not take the Bike Mechanic package, take an extra derailer hanger, derailer (if you have) fold able spare tire of your choice, and extra slime with. There is ample mechanical assistance at the camps at night, should you need help fixing something. Obviously you should have the means to pay for it, if they have to supply and fit something.

During the stages there is mechanical assistance on the route at various spots, and the year we rode (2016) Pyga had bikes available should you pick up a mechanical during the stage, and cannot continue. They will then supply you a bike to finish the day with, you must just have your bike sorted before the next day.

 

If you have done any other stage races before, be prepared to be blown away by this experience. You (EVERYBODY) gets treated like VIP's, food is out of this world, both at the race village and during the stages. The various towns and communities man the water tables, and they go out of their way to outdo the next / previous table. FOOD AND DRINK TO PICK AND CHOOSE!! You will not go hungry, do not even bother to take food with to eat on the bike, it will just weigh you down.

 

This is truly an unbelieveable experience, even the long days are not that hard, and once you are at the camp, and you start relaxing, every bit of hardship will quickly fade away.

Wifi is available at camp, and they supply you with a mean powerbank (and facility to charge it at night) so you are sorted there also.

At camp there is an limitless supply of coffe / cappuchino (Seattle Coffe Co.), food to eat as much as you like, with a HUGE spread to choose from.

 

This is, as far as I'm concerned, the best 9 days I ever had on my bike. Very sad that I am missing out on it this year.

 

You will enjoy it.

 

O ja, when you get to the long floating bridge at the Lagoon / Scottsburgh, there is a sign that says "BRIDGE/NO BRIDGE". Do take the bridge turnoff, otherwise you'll end up under the overpass bridge and longingly stare at the riders crossing the floating bridge.  :whistling:  :oops:

If you then want to get onto the floating bridge, you must double back what felt like a kilometer or two to get on the floating bridge.

Lighthouse, Apr 06 2018 12:31

Lighthouse, no problem in doing it Solo, there is always other riders around you.

 

Three kits of cycling clothing is sufficient, they do laundry every second day.

Take a spare set of cycling shoes, if you've got, in case (quite likely) that rains one or two days. (top tip, for wet shoes, stuff it full of newspaper, and place it upside down for the water to drip out)

 

Have a good look at the packing list, it is quite comprehensive.

They do supply a rather large (numbered) bag to put your stuff in. You must use this, as they place it out at the race village, and you need to be able to identify your bag. To get there, pack your stuff in an old bag that you would not mind dumping once you got your lovely new Joberg2C bag.

Sleeping bag, take a plastic bag with to put it in, mine got wet on Day 5 (luckily the camp was at the school, and they dried it out for me at their laundry, otherwise I would have had a wet and miserable night)

Take some wet weather riding kit with, we needed it on day 5 and 9.

It is quite nippy in the mornings, so you will at some stage need arm warmers and other base layers. Luckily they have bags at the waterpoints in which you can put your stuff once it gets warmer, you just collect it again at the race village in the evenings.

Also take some warm clothing with to wear at camp at night, as I said, it does get a bit nippy. Luckily they supply a nice beanie to keep the noggin warm.

 

If you did not take the Bike Mechanic package, take an extra derailer hanger, derailer (if you have) fold able spare tire of your choice, and extra slime with. There is ample mechanical assistance at the camps at night, should you need help fixing something. Obviously you should have the means to pay for it, if they have to supply and fit something.

During the stages there is mechanical assistance on the route at various spots, and the year we rode (2016) Pyga had bikes available should you pick up a mechanical during the stage, and cannot continue. They will then supply you a bike to finish the day with, you must just have your bike sorted before the next day.

 

If you have done any other stage races before, be prepared to be blown away by this experience. You (EVERYBODY) gets treated like VIP's, food is out of this world, both at the race village and during the stages. The various towns and communities man the water tables, and they go out of their way to outdo the next / previous table. FOOD AND DRINK TO PICK AND CHOOSE!! You will not go hungry, do not even bother to take food with to eat on the bike, it will just weigh you down.

 

This is truly an unbelieveable experience, even the long days are not that hard, and once you are at the camp, and you start relaxing, every bit of hardship will quickly fade away.

Wifi is available at camp, and they supply you with a mean powerbank (and facility to charge it at night) so you are sorted there also.

At camp there is an limitless supply of coffe / cappuchino (Seattle Coffe Co.), food to eat as much as you like, with a HUGE spread to choose from.

 

This is, as far as I'm concerned, the best 9 days I ever had on my bike. Very sad that I am missing out on it this year.

 

You will enjoy it.

 

O ja, when you get to the long floating bridge at the Lagoon / Scottsburgh, there is a sign that says "BRIDGE/NO BRIDGE". Do take the bridge turnoff, otherwise you'll end up under the overpass bridge and longingly stare at the riders crossing the floating bridge.  :whistling:  :oops:

If you then want to get onto the floating bridge, you must double back what felt like a kilometer or two to get on the floating bridge.

Cheers for this info. Very helpful and I am really excited to finally do this!

Roneblack46, Apr 06 2018 01:04

Lighthouse, no problem in doing it Solo, there is always other riders around you.

 

Three kits of cycling clothing is sufficient, they do laundry every second day. They only are having two wash days this year - I think number 1-175 A/B only on day 3 to collect on day 4, numbers 176-475 A/B on day 4 to collect day 5. So if you are number 176 + you may need 5 sets unless you wash kit yourself on one of the earlier days.

Take a spare set of cycling shoes, if you've got, in case (quite likely) that rains one or two days. (top tip, for wet shoes, stuff it full of newspaper, and place it upside down for the water to drip out)

 

Have a good look at the packing list, it is quite comprehensive.

They do supply a rather large (numbered) bag to put your stuff in. You must use this, as they place it out at the race village, and you need to be able to identify your bag. To get there, pack your stuff in an old bag that you would not mind dumping once you got your lovely new Joberg2C bag. You should be able to collect your bag at registration the day before. We did last year.

Sleeping bag, take a plastic bag with to put it in, mine got wet on Day 5 (luckily the camp was at the school, and they dried it out for me at their laundry, otherwise I would have had a wet and miserable night)

Take some wet weather riding kit with, we needed it on day 5 and 9.

It is quite nippy in the mornings, so you will at some stage need arm warmers and other base layers. Luckily they have bags at the waterpoints in which you can put your stuff once it gets warmer, you just collect it again at the race village in the evenings.

Also take some warm clothing with to wear at camp at night, as I said, it does get a bit nippy. Luckily they supply a nice beanie to keep the noggin warm.

 

If you did not take the Bike Mechanic package, take an extra derailer hanger, derailer (if you have) fold able spare tire of your choice, and extra slime with. There is ample mechanical assistance at the camps at night, should you need help fixing something. Obviously you should have the means to pay for it, if they have to supply and fit something. Booked packages get preference so if not booked your bike goes into the queue and they get to it once they have finished the others. If they have a stand available they are helpful in you doing your own maintenance on the side. Maybe just buy the guys some beers or cold drinks as a thank you.

During the stages there is mechanical assistance on the route at various spots, and the year we rode (2016) Pyga had bikes available should you pick up a mechanical during the stage, and cannot continue. They will then supply you a bike to finish the day with, you must just have your bike sorted before the next day.

 

If you have done any other stage races before, be prepared to be blown away by this experience. You (EVERYBODY) gets treated like VIP's, food is out of this world, both at the race village and during the stages. The various towns and communities man the water tables, and they go out of their way to outdo the next / previous table. FOOD AND DRINK TO PICK AND CHOOSE!! You will not go hungry, do not even bother to take food with to eat on the bike, it will just weigh you down.

 

This is truly an unbelieveable experience, even the long days are not that hard, and once you are at the camp, and you start relaxing, every bit of hardship will quickly fade away.

Wifi is available at camp, and they supply you with a mean powerbank (and facility to charge it at night) so you are sorted there also.

At camp there is an limitless supply of coffe / cappuchino (Seattle Coffe Co.), food to eat as much as you like, with a HUGE spread to choose from.

 

This is, as far as I'm concerned, the best 9 days I ever had on my bike. Very sad that I am missing out on it this year.

 

You will enjoy it.

 

O ja, when you get to the long floating bridge at the Lagoon / Scottsburgh, there is a sign that says "BRIDGE/NO BRIDGE". Do take the bridge turnoff, otherwise you'll end up under the overpass bridge and longingly stare at the riders crossing the floating bridge.  :whistling:  :oops:

If you then want to get onto the floating bridge, you must double back what felt like a kilometer or two to get on the floating bridge.

Just some changes from last year and latest correspondence received...

Dubber, Apr 06 2018 02:00

 

This is, as far as I'm concerned, the best 9 days I ever had on my bike. Very sad that I am missing out on it this year.

 

 

^^^^This amplified...

ChUkKy, Apr 09 2018 06:50

Dont over think it at all.

 

Its simple...

Youre going camping but your tent and bed is there, take a sheet and a pillow.

Pack kit that you would wear as if you were doing a normal marathon race, just a few extra.

Take a few spares if you have proprietary parts on your bike.

Put your suppliments into little bags X9 into a small cooler bag.

Then, Either get them to do your laundry or do it yourself.

 

Ride your bike for 9 days.

Ramrod, Apr 09 2018 07:56

Will be my first but my partner has done it before. Cant wait.

Dirt De Vil, Apr 10 2018 01:36

What is the chances of getting lost if GPX files is not loaded on a device?