Below are a selection of photographs from joBerg2c, which took riders on a nine-day journey between Heidelberg and Scottburgh, from Friday.
Photos: Em Gatland
Day one – Heidelberg to Frankfort
Day one of joBerg2c took riders 116km across farms in Gauteng and the Free State.
They also crossed the Vaal Dam on the traditional boat crossing.
Day two – Frankfort to Reitz
Riders started in Frankfort and traversed some new routes before finishing 93km later in the town of Reitz.
Day three – Reitz to Sterkfontein Dam
Riders set off for the 122km of riding on day three of the race.
The route took them via Sterkfontein dam and the iconic Mount Paul.
Day four – Sterkfontein Dam to Em’Seni Camp
Day four of the joBerg2c was filled with 89kms of singletrack from Sterkfontein Dam.
The route culminated in one massive drop to Em’Seni Camp.
Day five – Emseni to Clifton Nottingham Road
Starting at the Em’Seni camp, riders tackled ascent after ascent as they wound through the KwaZulu-Natal hills into the Midlands.
The 125km route ended at at Clifton Preparatory School.
Day six – Clifton Nottingham Rd to Glencairn Farm Sani Pass Road
Stage six saw riders leave from Clifton and finish after 98km at Glencairn Farm, which is located on the Sani Pass Road.
The joBerg2c mountain bikers were spoiled with scenes from the picturesque Vendoon Farm and Jack Lund’s before making their way to the finish.
Stage seven – Glencairn Farm Sani Pass Road to Mackenzie Club
Riders started day seven of joBerg2c at Glencairn Farm and made their way to Mackenzie Club after travelling 82km.
Day eight – MacKenzie Club to Jolivet
Day eight of joBerg2c was the last official day or riding as participants traversed 94km of track from MacKenzie Club to Jolivet.
The mixed category was won by Darren Lill and Candice Lill while Lolita van Aardt and Simone Rhoda van Aardt won the women’s category.
Day nine – Jolivet to Scottburgh Beach
The final day of the joBerg2c is also known as the ‘Champagne Stage’ and a day of unwinding after the hard week of racing.
It is a neutral ride and all the riders receive the same time.