Hopping on a plane tomorrow, arriving South Africa on Saturday for a few adventures including a rad race!!
Teaming up with Ico Schutte who is writing daily updates from the race for Do It Now Magazine, we'll be riding the Old Mutual joBerg2c MTB Stage Race from Johannesburg to Scottsburg over 9 days across four of South Africa's provinces. 900 kilometers is equivalent to about 550 miles. Whoa!!
The joBerg2c event website has this to say about this route that I'm pretty stoked about:
"The Route is King – 99.5% off-road, Subaru track (actually, Jeep track but we cannot say Jeep), tons of single-track, rural secondary roads and very little district road… There’s only about 10km of tar along the entire 900km."
"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."
GPS Navigated Course
No course markings say what?? We must navigate the entire 900km route by GPS navigation. "There will be no more luminous spray paint on loose rocks, or day-glow tape anywhere..." the website says. I'll have a new trusty PowerTap Joule with me to keep me straight yay!
This quick teaser video says it all...stay tuned for more!