The Berg and Bush ‘Descent’ mountain bike race, the first of three other Berg and Bush events, started on top of the Drakensberg at the Windmill Farm in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.
View some of the race action from each stage below.
Photos courtesy of Em Gatland and Volume Photography/Tobias Ginsberg
The opening stage consisted of a 98km route that offered some scenic views from single-track sections, irrigation and beef farms.
The second stage comprised a 62km route through the bushveld. Riders took on many single-track sections created by cattle and game farmers in the area, before they crossed the big Tugela River on a suspension bridge en-route to the finish.
The 48km final stage went up the decisive Spioenkop climb approximately 15km before the finish. It started off by crossing the Tugela River twice, which was followed by single track sections through the ravines of Grootehoek.