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  1. Due to the ongoing global Covid-19 (coronavirus) crisis and in light of president Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration of South Africa’s ‘national state of disaster’ on Sunday evening, joberg2c will unfortunately not go ahead on the event’s scheduled dates. Our nine-day, 900km ride was to have taken place this April, running into May (24 April - 2 May 2020). As an event that truly loves South Africa and that truly loves showing off South Africa to local and foreign riders, we are devastated to make this announcement. However, we make it with the best interests of our local riders, foreign riders, crew, sponsors and communities at heart. We are a community-based event, meaning we work closely with local communities and pride ourselves on taking riders on a journey through communities they would otherwise never be exposed to. As such, this has been a heartbreaking decision to make because so many people along the joberg2c route spend up to a year preparing for our arrival. But as we have seen in the recent weeks and indeed over the past few days, events and sporting organisations need to make tough decisions to ensure that we play our part in containing the spread of the virus. Our organising team is committed to doing what is best and fair for all involved in the 2020 event and are currently working on a solution. This is a tough time for everyone, but we are guided by president Cyril Ramaphosa’s stately national address on Sunday night, and by placing a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people, the president has essentially helped us towards our conclusion that joberg2c 2020 can’t go ahead as currently scheduled. I would like to thank our sponsors, who have all been supportive in our decision. Sage, Isuzu, Avis Van Rental and the rest of our sponsor family are all behind the decision; these are great teams who understand how the joberg2c works and have already committed time and effort to the 2020 event. This is not just a blow for all our riders who have trained so hard over the last few months, but also to the race village hosts, the communities along the route and the churches, schools and clubs involved in our water tables. The schools and groups along the joberg2c route use their participation in our event as their major fundraiser for the year, so they will be hardest hit by the news. Our event shows off the very best of South Africa and in this tough time we know that the very best qualities of South Africans will shine through. Stay safe, remember the president’s good hygiene advice and we hope to see many past, present and future joberg2c riders soon.
  2. After 10 years of riding the beloved country, the organisers felt it was time to change the last day from previous years to give joberg2c riders a shorter more direct route to the sea. Most riders who know sani2c and joberg2c, know that the last three days of joberg2c have traditionally been the same as sani2c. joberg2c was conceptualised by Farmer Glen Haw who started sani2c. He wanted to extend the sani2c community inspired model to other parts of the country and create a point to point stage ride that would attract riders from all over. Little did he know how the world would start to embrace this special ride through South Africa. joberg2c has almost a third of its riders (250) coming from overseas to ride the beloved country over 9 days. “Illovo South Africa is delighted to assist the joberg2c mountain bike ride with their new route plans to provide the “sweet” new ending”; says Nozuko Basson, Illovo Corporate Affairs Manager. “Sappi have always been great supporters of mountain biking events in South Africa and we will continue supporting events like joberg2c, thanks to their powerful impact on local economic development through tourism and creating shared value for communities along the route”- Mpho Lethoko, General Manager Communications, Sappi Southern Africa . So why the change? “I always wanted to ride from Joburg to the sea and in 2010 together with Craig Wapnick and Gary Green, my two partners, we were able to realize this vision,” says the inspired dairy farmer. Farmer Glen eludes “for 2020 we have decided that after 8 big days of riding our joberg2c riders deserve a shorter easier route to the sea which we have found.”“sani2c riders want three full days of mountain biking and value for money. By the time joberg2c riders get to Jolivet they can smell the sea and want the shortest path to the Indian Ocean.” expands Farmer Glen “We aim to always think of our riders and to innovate for their sake. We take feedback into account and make decisions after careful deliberation, lots of heated debate while riding and then a beer or two afterwards” says Craig Wapnick one of the other organisers. joberg2c will still have a community inspired ending at Umdoni Golf Club while the three legendary sani2c events will continue to finish at Scottburgh Golf Club. Both joberg2c and sani2c bring incredible economic benefits to the south coast region over the April /May period. Gary Green creator of Berg and Bush Mtb race and the other of the “three joberg2c stooges” explains “By moving to Umdoni Golf Club and we are still involving another inspired South Coast community which is our philosophy. “ joberg2c takes place from 24 April to 2 May 2020 and finishes at Umdoni Park Golf Club. www.joberg2c.co.za for more information. For more information on KAP sani2c dates, please visit their website www.sani2c.co.za.
  3. The winners and positions were confirmed on Friday’s final racing stage and riders were encouraged to enjoy the communal party atmosphere at the final overnight stop at Jolivet in Highflats, before their untimed ride to Scottburgh. At the finish each rider was presented with their finishers medal and a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate the completion of the nine-day journey. Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c The big winners at the front of the field were: Amy McDougall and Arno du Toit (dormakaba Mixed Team) who were crowned as the inaugural AmaBokkeBokkie Global Mixed Champs; Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro) who were unbeaten for all seven timed stages in the prestigious men’s team category; Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) who ended up as the overall winner and the top solo rider; and the clear winners of the women’s category, Theresa Ralph and Sarah Hill (Galileo Risk). But the final stage was not about racing and there were more than a few riders who struggled over the floating bridge on the Scottburgh Lagoon wishing they had retired to their tents at Jolivet a bit earlier – including a few racing snakes mentioned above who were spotted in the bar area long after most riders were snoring in their tents amongst the macadamia nuts. The final neutral day has also become a chance for lycra-clad mountain bikers to test their clothing boundaries and a disturbing number of riders of both sexes opted to don tulle tutus for the 84km ride from Jolivet to Scottburgh – and there were other sartorially disadvantaged riders in pyjamas, farm clothes, cow outfits and lots of tinsel and other accessories from oversized glasses to glitzy sequins and some very bubbly baubles. Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c In all, riders completed 904km in their journey from Heidelberg to Scottburgh over the nine days. The length of time spent in the saddle ranged from Beukes’s 32 hours 55 minutes (an average of 3 hours 40 minutes a day) to the Seattle Coffee Co team of Andrew Langford and Mike Breckenridge whose official total time of 66:58 meant they spent just under seven and a half hours a day on the trails – although the two untimed stages where Langford and Breckenridge are credited with the fastest times of the day, mean the two spent significantly longer on the bike. Now it is time to look forward to the 2019 event which promises to be extra special as it is the 10th anniversary of joBerg2c. In light of the anniversary event, entries for the 2019 event will open at 10 minutes to 10am on June 10 with a 10th year special which lasts for 10 days only – you cannot afford to be tentative. At the conclusion of this year’s event. Old Mutual Head of Brand Thobile Tshabalala was full of praise for all riders. “Congratulations to every mountain biker who took part in the 9-day Old Mutual joBerg2c. It’s a fantastic achievement and we share in everyone’s jubilation. We also want to thank all the riders for doing great things and supporting the communities along the route.” Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c FINAL OVERALL RESULTSAMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS: 1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 35:14:33, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 35:46:14, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 36:17:50. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 33:06:02, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 33:40:11; 3 Shaun-Nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 34:11:25. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 32:55:38, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 34:03:42, 3 David Cooke 35:32:26. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 38:49:31, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 42:50:30, 3 Johanita De Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 44:50:29.
  4. In the AmaBokkeBokkie Global Mixed Champs category, after they rode over the line at Highflats the smiling assassins Amy McDougall and Arno du Toit from the dormakaba mixed team were beaming as they hugged each other in celebration of winning their class and the R100 000 first prize. The Highflats finish line represented the end of the racing, although there is still one stage to ride on Saturday. That journey from Highflats to the finish at Scottburgh is a neutral, untimed stage and gives riders a chance to chatter about the experiences of the previous eight days, and for the racing snakes to interact with the weekend warriors. Riders must complete the final stage to qualify as finishers. A lone rider starts the iconic descent - the Umko Drop - into the Umkomaas Valley. Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c McDougall and Du Toit were clearly the strongest mixed team in the event, but it was never a one-sided contest with the Team Summit husband-and-wife combination of Darren and Candice Lill making sure the eventual winners were never too comfortable. It looked like the AmaBokkeBokkie class was going to provide some thrills on Thursday when Du Toit’s chain slipped into his wheel and broke a slew of spokes. With his wheel buckling treacherously from the torque applied from his pedal stroke, there was a danger the wheel could collapse completely, but it held to the finish to leave the eventual winner’s lead dented, but intact for the final dash for the line. On Friday it was the turn of the Lills to suffer some back luck. When Darren punctured on the Umkomaas descent, the married couple realised any hope of snatching a last-gasp victory was gone. They simply cruised home third on the stage behind Johan Labuschagne and Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas). Despite their lowest position of the week, the Lills were safely in second overall with Labuschagne and Williamson third on GC. “We are very stoked to have taken the overall win,” said McDougall as she basked in the glow of victory and finishing sixth overall in the event. “Today we had the luxury of just enjoying the day. We got a gap on the descent of the Umko and then we heard Darren and Candice had punctured, so there was no point in killing ourselves. “I was really strong today, so we did not need to do anything more than ride at my pace today. There was no need for me to grab a pocket and Arno took the lead on the descents. There was no point to take any risks. “I have been second a few times in a row here so it was nice to get the win for a change. And the competition was tight so it was a very tactical game we had to play. There was hard racing so we feel we deserved it,” added McDougall. “Now I just have to survive Stage Eight and a Half tonight and be OK to ride Stage 9 tomorrow – imagine not being able to start tomorrow!” After the aptly named “Iconic Climb”, riders are on top of the world. Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c The other big winners on Friday were the NAD Pro pairing of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck who completed a clean sweep of seven wins from the seven racing stages and were the clear winners in the men’s class. The men’s category saw the relatively unheralded Tim Hammond and Alan Gordon (Insect Science) beat off a determined challenge from the Silverback Best4Sports team of Declan Sidey and Shaun-Nick Bester. The dice for the second step of the podium was close until the final three days when The Insect Science pair were able to power away on the long climbs and claim the runner up spot. Other winners who can also boast a seven-from-seven record after this year’s event are Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel), who was an easy winner in the solo category as well as recording the fastest time for the overall event; and the top women’s team of Theresa Ralph and Sarah Haill who were never challenged. Beukes’ teammate, Phillimon Sebona, was second in the solo category for six of the seven racing stages and that enabled him to claim a solid runner-up spot despite getting temporarily lost after a navigation error on Stage 7. The final place on the podium belonged to David Cooke who edged ahead of Tobias Flath on the final two days after they were separated by just a couple of minutes throughout the event. Saturday’s final ceremonial stage takes riders through the sugarcane belt and gives riders a chance to relax and enjoy a group ride rather than race. The finish is at Scottburgh Primary School. Before the day 8 finish, riders enjoy the Fishermans’ Trail. Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c RESULTSAMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS:1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 3:59:17, 2 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 4:11:18, 3 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 4:15:34, 4 Yolandi Du Toit, Ben Melt Swanepoel (Team Garmin) 4:24:20, 5 Sophie Giovane, Frederic Gombert (Chiru Magura) 4:57:35. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD PRO MTB) 3:39:10, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 3:42:45, 3 Shaun-nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 3:48:50, 4 Andrejus Dolgovas, Elijus Civilis (Top Team) 4:03:22, 5 Paris Basson, Nico Pfitzenmaier (Dormakaba Mens) 4:08:48. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA EUROSTEEL) 3:33:15, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA EUROSTEEL 2) 3:39:11, 3 David Cooke 3:59:26, 4 Neill Clark 4:04:39, 5 Tobias Flath 4:04:39. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Theresa Ralph, Sarah Hill (Galileo Risk) 4:36:15, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 5:03:23, 3 Christine Van Der Walt, Tania Rossouw (Ts and Cs Apply) 5:19:14, 4 Wilmien Chamberlain, Johanita De Waal (2 nam bred Moms) 5:26:30, 5 Vivienne Turvey, Jeannette Treherne (Team T and T) 5:56:36. OVERALL RESULTS AMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS: 1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 31:11:42, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 31:43:23, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 32:14:59. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 29:03:11, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 29:37:20; 3 Shaun-Nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 30:08:34. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 28:52:47, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 30:00:51, 3 David Cooke 31:29:35. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 34:46:40, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 38:47:39, 3 Johanita De Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 40:47:38.
  5. Taking advantage of the dommakaba team’s misfortune was the husband and wife pairing of Darren and Candice Lill (Team Summit), who powered over the line as the third team overall on the stage in a time of 3:05:24, ten minutes ahead of their rivals in the mixed category and just 12 minutes behind the stage winners Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro). Photo credit: Tim Whitfield / joBerg2c Crossing the line with the NAD Pro duo was the ever-present Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) who extended his overall lead in the solo category to an hour after his teammate, and the runner up in the individual class, Phillimon Sebona, misread his GPS and took a wrong turn, losing a huge chunk of time as he battled to rejoin the route in a thick forest section. But the talk of the overnight stop at MacKenzie Club near Creighton was the drama which nearly derailed the leaders of the AmaBokkeBokkie Global Mixed Champs about 25km into the 82km stage from Underberg. The 10-minute gain for Team Summit on Thursday means they have 15 minutes to make up on McDougall and Du Toit in the final timed stage on Friday, a gruelling 95km slog to Highflats just inland of Scottburgh. Du Toit said his chain popped off the back cassette and the chain slipped into the spokes. “As I was pulling over to stop, the chain went between the cassette and the spokes and ripped a lot of the spokes out. It also pushed spokes through the rim tape so I punctured as well,” said a tired Du Toit. “Basically from there I was riding on half the spokes. Every time I pedalled and put pressure, the torque would buckle the wheel and it would rub on the frame. It was rubbing so badly on the frame that Amy was actually pushing me while I was pedalling as hard as I could. “It was such panic for us and I was desperately trying to stay calm. I thought the wheel could collapse at any moment and then we would not have been able to finish. I was nursing it home all the way. I did not want to turn too hard, or break too hard, or hit anything. It was such a mission. McDougall, who has been the recipient of Du Toit’s power on just about every stage during the week, enjoyed being able to return the favour. “Yah I could not believe it. I was pushing him! It felt quite cool that I was actually pushing him for a change. But it was so intense. I just kept saying to myself every kay: ‘Please, please just hold until the end’. If the wheel had collapsed I don’t know what I would have done. “Although,” the diminutive McDougall said with a mischievous grin, “I have been noticing how much time Arno has been spending at the dessert tables this week. He says it was the chain, but I think maybe the wheel was not damaged and he has just been eating too many chocolate brownies this week and the wheel could not hold his weight!” Friday’s penultimate joBerg2c stage is the final timed stage and sees riders take on the beautiful Umkomaas Valley in a journey from Ixopo’s MacKenzie Club to Jolivet near Highflats. The stunning views from the cliffs overlooking the Umkomaas River, and descent down onto the flood plains below, are balanced by one of the race’s toughest climbs. After crossing the river twice, riders have to battle their way out of the valley once again on the long and appropriately named Iconic Climb. RESULTSAMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS:1 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 3:05:24, 2 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 3:15:38, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 3:16:37, 4 Yolandi Du Toit, Ben Melt Swanepoel (Team Garmin) 3:21:17, 5 James Thompson, Carolyn Thompson (Old Mutual Insure 2) 3:28:42. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 2:53:09, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 2:58:31, 3 Alex Pavlov, Jaco Cronje (Old Mutual Insure / Norco) 3:05:25, 4 Shaun-Nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 3:06:57, 5 Andrejus Dolgovas, Elijus Civilis (Top Team) 3:10:12. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 2:53:10, 2 David Cooke 3:07:49, 3 Shane Daniel 3:11:58, 4 Tobias Flath 3:15:31, 5 Neill Clarke 3:16:10. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Theresa Ralph, Sarah Hill (Galileo Risk) 3:31:29, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 3:57:52, 3 Tania Rossouw, Christine Van Der Walt (Ts and Cs Apply) 4:05:30, 4 Wilmien Chamberlain, Johanita De Waal (2 nam bred Moms) 4:10:02. OVERALL RESULTS AMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS: 1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 27:12:25, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 27:27:49, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 28:03:41. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 25:24:01, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 25:54:35; 3 Shaun-Nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 26:19:44. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 25:19:32, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 26:21:40, 3 David Cooke 27:30:09. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 30:10:25, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 33:44:16, 3 Johanita De Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 35:21:08.
  6. The dominant mixed category leaders were once again matched by the other main racing classes: The leading solo rider, Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) claiming his fifth stage win as he won the stage overall and also added another six minutes to his 30-minute lead over teammate Phillimon Sebona; the top men’s team, NAD Pro’s Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, extended their lead over Tim Hammond and Alan Gordon to 26 minutes with their fifth win; and Sarah Hill and Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) are now three hours ahead of Adele Ambrose and Lauren Walker (Nix and Del). Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c. After Wednesday’s 98km stage from Nottingham Road to Underberg there are just two more racing days before the neutral final ride into Scottburgh on Saturday, and it is clear the respective category winners are a step above their opposition with only illness, a crash or a major mechanical likely to change the leaderboards. The closest racing has been among the Amabokkebokkie Global Mixed Champs riders with Du Toit and McDougall edging ahead each day, but on Wednesday they took a giant leap toward confirming the category win over Team Summit’s husband and wife team of Candice and Darren Lill. Candice Lill suffered a puncture in the technical Rock and Roll section of downhill riding midway through the stage. That allowed dormakaba to ride away from their rivals early and extended their lead to cross the line a daunting 10 minutes clear. Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c. “We were with Candice and Darren up Gumtree and down Harrison’s Pass and then at the Rock and Roll section they unfortunately got a puncture,” said a tired McDougall at the finish. “We just carried on at our own steady pace, but that last 15 kilometres is a killer – it seems never ending, but luckily I have such a supportive partner.” Du Toit said their strategy after taking the lead on the stage was to plan ahead to the remaining stages on Thursday and Friday. “After Candice had the puncture we were by ourselves and we could just keep it steady, which is what we wanted to do. There was no need to push too deep today and Amy was taking some shots after the long climb so we just kept it steady and did what was necessary. “Up to now it is all going to plan and we are very happy with where we are going into the final two racing days.” On the very steep Gumtree Climb, just 22km from the start, the NAD Pro duo and their constant companion, top solo rider Matthys Beukes, rode away from the pack and from there the leading solo and leading team was settled. Beukes, who is using this event as a big training block in his preparation for the World Marathon Champs later this year, tested his legs on the long Slow Poison climb and opened a gap which he held over the final 15km to claim the stage win, 82 seconds ahead of Bell and Combrinck. Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c. “I got away from the NAD guys with about 25km to go. I wanted to test the legs at the end of the last big climb out the valley and put myself in a difficult situation against the NAD guys over the last 15 kays,” said Beukes. “This is good training. It is easier to push hard here than when training at home. And there is good altitude, some awesome trails and awesome views, so it is very good as another step in a training block.” In the race for second in the men’s category, Hammond and Gordon (Insect Science) increased their tight two-minute lead over Shaun-Nick Bester and Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports) to a daunting 11 minutes and it seems the podium is pretty much finalised there as well. The Insect Science pair had already built a decent lead on the day but they were helped when Bester broke a spoke and was forced to stop to make a temporary repair near the finish. Thursday’s stage takes riders from Underberg to MacKenzie Club in Ixopo and sees riders tackle long stretches of forest single track. After the searing heat of Tuesday and Wednesday as they rode the long district road sections, the riders will be looking forward to the cool forest tracks for both relief from the weather and some added enjoyment. RESULTS AMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS:1 Amy McDougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 4:14:25, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 4:24:39, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 4:31:00, 4 Yolandi Du Toit, Ben Melt Swanepoel (Team Garmin) 4:38:35, 5 Frederic Gombert, Sophie Giovane (Chiru Magura) 4:40:28. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD PRO MTB) 3:51:21, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 3:56:30, 3 Shaun-nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 4:10:57, 4 Andrejus Dolgovas, Elijus Civilis (Top Team) 4:22:14, 5 Jaco Cronje, Alex Pavlov (Old Mutual Insure / Norco) 4:37:26. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 3:49:59, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 3:56:32, 3 Tobias Flath 4:17:08, 4 David Cooke 4:22:03, 5 Craig Woods 4:28:03. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Theresa Ralph, Sarah Hill (Galileo Risk) 5:03:59, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 5:58:08, 3 Tania Rossouw, Christine Van Der Walt (Ts and Cs Apply) 6:02:47, 4 Wilmien Chamberlain, Johanita De Waal (2 nam bred Moms) 6:12:31. OVERALL RESULTS AMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS: 1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 23:56:47, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 24:22:25, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 24:47:04. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 22:30:56, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 22:56:04; 3 Shaun-Nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 23:12:47. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 22:26:22, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 23:02:50, 3 Tobias Flath 24:20:56. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 26:38:56, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 29:46:24, 3 Johanita De Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 31:11:06.
  7. “I thought we were waiting for Spioenkop climb, but then Amy went early,” said Du Toit with a laugh and a sideways glance at his partner after the finish. “So I guess I just had to back her from there. She went and I just helped as much as I could. Then we recovered until Spioenkop and then whacked it up there again.” McDougall knows to race to the finish after the 2016 joBerg2c when she and then race partner, Grant Usher, were leading early on in the race with the Lills far back. “We had 20 minutes on them after the second day in 2016 and they ended up coming back and winning, so you cannot take anything for granted in this race.” Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c Spioenkop also proved a success with the bulk of the joBerg2c field. The climb was reintroduced into the race this year, after an absence of some years. Coming late on the day, the back markers zig-zagged their way up in the beating midday sun, but still managed to stop and appreciate the incredible views from the top. The 12km sweeping single track descent to the finish also left riders beaming from ear to ear. Overall, top of the major category leaderboards remains the same at the Old Mutual joBerg2c, with the NAD Pro team and the dormakaba team dominating matters, but on day 4 the PYGA Eurosteel pair of solo riders, Matthys Beukes and Phillimon Sebona, upstaged the big guns. The NAD Pro duo of Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell added another eight minutes to their growing lead in the men’s team race. But the stars of the show on Monday were the two PYGA Eurosteel riders with Beukes leading his teammate, Sebona, home by two minutes, with NAD Pro a further two minutes back. Beukes and Sebona were the only two riders who were able to match Bell and Combrinck on the first climb up to the iconic Great Wall My China section of Monday’s course. This traverse along the top of the Drakensberg escarpment allows riders some incredible scenery from the top of the high cliffs overlooking the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c However, the quartet of leading riders was not able to look at the spectacular views as they raced to the descent off the escarpment. After establishing a small break on the climb, the four leaders had to work hard together to build a gap over the chasers before Beukes made the decisive break with less than an hour left to race. “The four of us worked well together and then with 20 kays to go I put the hammer down and got away from them and just soloed to the finish,” said Beukes after he had crossed the line. Sebona then attacked the leading men’s team on the steep climb up to the Boer War memorial on the top of the Spioenkop Mountain and held them off on the technical descent to the finish at the Em’seni resort on the banks of the Tugela River. “It was a good day for the team, and especially for Phillimon,” said Beukes, a vastly experienced multiple race winner. “For us it is really important as a team to bring the younger guys through and we are super proud of Phillimon. He is so humble and such a super guy, and now he has a good opportunity with the team. He is riding phenomenally well – I did not expect him to be riding so well so soon. “We are not riding as a team here and decided to compete as two solo riders, but I think it is a good thing because it might have put a lot of pressure of on him to be riding with me. But now I can still ride with him and give him some guidance but he does not have the pressure of trying to keep up with me.” In the men’s race Combrink and Bell are now 17 minutes clear of Alan Gordon and Tim Hammond (Insect Science), who finished second. Declan Sidey and Shaun-Nick Bester (Silverback Best4Sports) were third on the stage and have dropped behind the Insect Science pair to lie third overall, just two minutes outside second position. In the women’s race Sarah Hill and Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) notched up their third win in a row and extended their lead to a massive 96 minutes over Adele Ambrose and Lauren Walker (Nix and Del). Photo credit: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c On Tuesday the riders tackle arguably the most gruelling stage of the event, a tough 122km haul from Winterton to Nottingham Road. The stage is not only the longest of the route, but with 2 200m of vertical ascent it also has the most climbing. DAY 4 RESULTS AMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS: 1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (dormakaba Mixed) 3:29:24, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 3:36:58, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 3:44:01, 4 Yolandi Du Toit, Ben Melt Swanepoel (Team Garmin) 3:52:59, 5 Frederic Gombert, Sophie Giovane (Chiru Magura) 3:55:24. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Gawie Combrinck, Nico Bell (NAD Pro MTB) 3:16:49, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 3:24:37, 3 Declan Sidey, Shaun-Nick Bester (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 3:29:10, 4 Paris Basson, Nico Pfitzenmaier (Dormakaba Mens) 3:33:09, 5 Elijus Civilis, Andrejus Dolgovas (Top Team) 3:39:42. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 3:12:31, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 3:14:40, 3 David Cooke 3:33:09, 4 Jason Duffin (Cousey) 3:42:04, 5 Neill Clark 3:42:36. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 4:01:25, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 4:32:18, 3 Johanita de Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 4:49:21. OVERALL GC RESULTS AMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS: 1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (dormakaba Mixed) 15:53:38, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 16:05:12, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 16:18:37. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Gawie Combrinck, Nico Bell (NAD Pro MTB) 15:07:24, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 15:24:25, 3 Declan Sidey, Shaun-Nick Bester (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 15:26:43. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 15:04:15, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 15:24:49, 3 David Cooke 16:11:12, 4 Tobias Flath 16:11:18, 5 Neill Clark 16:15:55. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 17:14:10, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 18:50:31, 3 Johanita de Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 19:45:49.
  8. The 122km stage from Winterton to Nottingham Road was the longest of the race and contained the most climbing. Although the entire field – from race leaders all the way through to the struggling backmarkers – found Tuesday’s stage gruelling in the heat, the category leaders were a step above their opposition once again. The leading teams race out of the day 5 start of Em’seni near Winterton. Credits: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c In the Amabokkebokkie Global Mixed Champs the dormakaba pair of Amy McDougall and Arno du Toit powered away over the final 20 kilometres to extend their overall lead by another four minutes – even though the race did not develop anything like they planned. The two, who have taken on the personas of a pair of smiling assassins for the way they are happily destroying all their opposition, are now almost 12 minutes clear of their nearest chasers, the Team Summit duo of Darren and Candice Lill. “We were all together until ‘Three Sisters’ with about 15 kays to go,” said Arno du Toit after finishing the gruelling stage. “Yesterday we decided today’s stage does not suit us so we thought we thought we would sort of watch the race and see how it developed and ride defensively. But then I got excited on the long gravel road …” he said with a smile that almost matched the permanent grin of his partner. “And Amy grabbed my pocket and off we went!” Despite the win and the smiles, McDougall was quick to point out that the stage was not easy. “As Arno said, I just grabbed on to his pocket and I just followed. It is awesome – Arno is so strong he pulled me just about the entire final 20 kays. As we keep saying, we will take each day as it comes. Anything can happen and we cannot get comfortable, but the bigger buffer we get the better.” Riders were treated to incredible scenery on day 5 of the joBerg2c. Credits: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c In the men’s race, the appropriately named “Big Rise” climb proved decisive with the stage-winning break coming as the NAD Pro pair of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck surged up the long drag and simply rode their opponents off their wheel. “We set the pace at the bottom of the long climb,” said Bell. “Gawie then came through and increased the pace a bit, and then I went a little harder and we had a split at the top. Then we just rolled on to the finish. Matthys was with us and he sat on our wheel so as not to interfere with the racing. “We are still going for stage wins so we are also trying to conserve as much as we can as well. In the beginning, we try and sit on the wheels, but the other guys do not want to roll through so we end up doing most of the work. “That means we might as well ride away so at least when the two of us are rolling through together we are riding away and winning the stage. If the other guys don’t want to work and if they are going to be all negative, we are not going to give them a stage win.” There were some impressive hills on the event’s longest stage. Credits: Kevin Sawyer / joBerg2c In the race for second in the men’s team event, the Silverback Best4Sports team of Shaun-Nick Bester and Declan Sidey fought back after they were the third team to the top of Big Rise. Sidey was struggling early on the climb and it looked certain Alan Gordon and Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) would increase their advantage in the close fight for second overall. However, the Silverback duo clawed back onto the wheels of Insect Science on the undulating district roads after Big Rise and eventually won the sprint for second. Insect Science are now 17 minutes behind the leaders and two minutes up on Silverback. Beukes was the only rider to stay close to the two NAD Pro riders and he quickly caught them again just after the top of Big Rise. That meant the PYGA Eurosteel rider was able to enjoy the district roads into the finish to finish third overall and extend his GC lead over teammate Phillimon Sebona to 20 minutes on the solo men’s class. For the back markers the day proved to be daunting despite the long neutral zone which gave riders 21km of “free riding” as they cruised from the overnight camp at Em’seni to the times start at Winterton. The daunting factor was the searing heat. With no wind to cool the riders on the long climbs which littered the route, there were lots of tired riders struggling into the overnight stop at Clifton Prep School late into the afternoon. RESULTSAMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS:1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 3:48:44, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 3:52:34, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 3:57:27. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 3:32:07, 2 Shaun-Nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 3:35:07, 3 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 3:35:09, 4 Nico Pfitzenmaier, Paris Basson (Dormakaba Mens) 3:49:04, 5 Derek Devine, Deon Van Vuuren (Avis Van Rental 2) 4:18:58. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 3:32:08, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 3:41:29, 3 David Cooke 3:49:05, 4 Neill Clark 3:49:11, 5 Tobias Flath 3:52:30. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 4:20:47, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 4:57:45, 3 Johanita De Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 5:12:46. OVERALL RESULTS AMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS: 1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 15:53:38, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 16:05:12, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 16:18:37. MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 15:07:24, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 15:24:25; 3 Shaun-Nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 15:26:43. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 15:04:15, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 15:24:49, 3 Tobias Flath 16:11:18. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 17:14:10, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 18:50:31, 3 Johanita De Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 19:45:49.
  9. On the 122km stage 3 from Reitz to Sterkfontein Dam, the winning men’s team of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) made their decisive break on the approaches to the steep slopes of the mountain. Then, in the Amabokkebokkie mixed category, the dormakaba duo of Amy McDougall and Arno du Toit accelerated away from their opposition as they all struggled up the final climb of the day. Riders descend Mount Paul. Image: Kevin Sawyer/joBerg2c Both teams have consolidated their leads in the respective categories and it is clear these two pairings are the riders to beat in the major categories, even though there are still six long days to go before the riders reach the finish at Scottburgh on Saturday, 28 April. The only rider able to match Bell and Combrinck on Sunday was the PYGA Eurosteel rider Matthys Beukes who, because he is riding in the Solo category and thus no danger to the leaders’ aspiration, was allowed some freedom to make an early break. Beukes ended up finishing a minute behind the NAD Pro pairing after they caught and rode away from him on the final run in to the finish. Despite the Insect Science pair of Tim Hammond and Alan Gordon claiming second on the stage when they edged out Shaun-Nick Bester and Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports) by 21 seconds, there has been no change in the overall standings and the Silverback pair still hold second in the overall standings. Image: Kevin Sawyer/joBerg2c In the Amabokkebokkie Global Mixed Champs race the top three positions on Sunday were the same as the previous day with Darren and Candice Lill (Team Lill) finishing three minutes behind the leaders and about the same distance ahead of third-placed Johan Labuschagne and Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas). A tired McDougall was ecstatic with how their tactics played out during the day. “I think this was probably the best tactical day on a stage race I have ever had in my life,” said the race leader after finishing. “I think we did flipping well. We just stayed with them until Mount Paul and then from there we just smashed it. “We now have a pretty decent time gap and everything from the way Arno looked after me to how we worked at the water points was perfect today. “Before the second water point I whispered in his ear to go ahead and I held the group back. By the time Candice and Darren realised what was happening it was too late. That meant he was able to fill my bottles quickly and after the water point he just chased and caught up again.” Du Toit explained how they made the decisive break: “I saw Candice was suffering going up Mount Paul and so we went to the front and pushed hard on the climb and had a gap at the top. “Luckily both of us are reasonably good technical riders so we kept it smooth on the way down and opened the gap a bit more. From there it was just a drag race to the finish.” Image: Kevin Sawyer/joBerg2c In the men’s race, Bell was pleased to have opened a gap on their rivals for the second-day in a row, but was cautious about getting too optimistic about a race win. “You never know what can happen with this race, you may cut a tyre wall or break a wheel – so we may need some time at some point and if that is the case then we do not want to be chasing from behind. If we do have to lose time I would rather not lose the lead overall as well. If we have a chance to take time at any point, we will take it.” Bell is looking forward to Monday’s stage 4 from Sterkfontein to Winterton which includes some of the best mountain biking trails in the country, including the descent off the Drakensberg escarpment. “Tomorrow is a bit more technical and some more fun, said the 2017 national marathon champion. “There is some nice single track but we cannot make a mistake, so we have to leave a bit of space to the guy in front of us and make sure we do not hit anything ... we must just play it a bit safe.” In the women’s race, Sarah Hill and Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) added a further 40 minutes to their already huge lead and it is clear they just need to steer clear of any major mechanical issues and they are likely to claim an easy victory. For the rest of the field, the 122km stage 3 was a long day in the saddle, with stretches of mud working over tired legs. Respite came in the form of some free-flowing district roads, while scenic highlights included riding on top of the world towards Mount Paul. Once again, riders treated to incredible hospitality at the water points, with mini donuts and freshly braaied boerewors energising the 800-strong field. Tomorrow’s stage 4 takes the Old Mutual joBerg2c from Sterkfontein Dam to Em’seni, just outside Winterton. Thobile Tshabala, Old Mutual Head of Brand, was quick to encourage all the riders for the remaining six days. “We know three tough days are done and dusted and we are so proud of all of you. Keep going and we will see you at the sea. Keep doing great things.” STAGE RESULTS:MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 4:21:43, 2 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 4:25:31, 3 Shaun-nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 4:25:52, 4 Andrejus Dolgovas, Elijus Civilis (Top Team) 4:43:29, 5 Paris Basson, Nico Pfitzenmaier (dormakaba Mens) 4:45:09. INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 4:22:51, 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 4:25:31, 3 Tobias Flath (Solo) 4:44:47, 4 Riaan Weideman (Avis Van Rental - Solo 2) 4:55:57, 5 Jason Deane (Solo) 4:57:29. AMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS: 1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (Dormakaba Mixed) 4:40:21, 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 4:43:28, 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas), 4:46:08, 4 Yolandi Du Toit, Ben Melt Swanepoel (Team Garmin) 5:07:46, 5 Carolyn Thompson, James Thompson (Old Mutual Insure 2) 5:09:59. WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 5:10:50, 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 5:51:34, 3 Johanita De Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 6:05:05, 4 Tania Rossouw, Christine Van Der Walt (Ts and Cs Apply) 6:25:01, 5 Teresa Coetzee, Bonny Swanepoel (Netwerk24) 6:32:32. GC OVERALL MEN'S TEAMS: 1 Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 11:50:35; 2 Shaun-Nick Bester, Declan Sidey (Silverback Best4Sports Mad Macs) 11:57:33; 3 Alan Gordon, Timothy Hammond (Insect Science) 11:59:48; 3; 4 Andrejus Dolgovas, Elijus Civilis (Top Team) 12:28:09; 5 Paris Basson, Nico Pfitzenmaier (dormakaba Men) 12:33:25 INDIVIDUAL: 1 Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel) 11:51:44; 2 Phillimon Sebona (PYGA Eurosteel 2) 12:10:09; 3 Tobias Flath (Solo) 12:28:35 AMABOKKEBOKKIE GLOBAL MIXED CHAMPS: 1 Amy Mcdougall, Arno Du Toit (dormakaba Mixed) 12:24:14; 2 Darren Lill, Candice Lill (Team Summit) 12:28:14; 3 Johan Labuschagne, Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) 12:34:36; 4 Yolandi Du Toit, Ben Melt Swanepoel (Team Garmin) 13:03:53; 5 Carolyn Thompson, James Thompson (Old Mutual Insure 2) 13:13:17 WOMEN'S TEAMS: 1 Sarah Hill, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 13:12:45; 2 Adele Ambrose, Lauren Walker (Nix and Del) 14:18:11; 3 Johanita De Waal, Wilmien Chamberlain (2 nam bred Moms) 14:56:23.
  10. https://www.facebook.com/JoBerg2c/videos/1813599755352132/ Although the two are aiming to win the masters category, and their four-hour 26-minute 27-second finish means they will enjoy a significant psychological boost over their rivals in the over-50 class, they are well aware that once the timed racing starts on Saturday the big guns are likely to be riding off into the distance. The opening stage of the 910km ride from just outside Johannesburg to Scottburgh on the KZN South Coast is traditionally a neutral stage with everybody receiving the same time as the first team across the line. Riders are encouraged to enjoy the day and the hospitality of the various communities that man the water points. As usual, water points were packed with koeksisters, marshmallow eggs, boerewors and more. A barge and boat crossing was also a highlight of the day, with riders crossing the full Vaal River on a selection of boats. Credit: Kevin Sawyer From Saturday, when competitors tackle the slightly more arduous 93km Stage 2 from Frankfort to Reitz, the racers can show off their skills and fitness with every second counting and the top teams are sure to re-assert their authority at the head of the field. Favourites to take the newly renamed Amabokkebokkie Global Mixed Champs category and R100 000 prize money are husband and wife pair of Darren and Candice Lill, but should they struggle there are at least three teams who will be looking for an upset. Candice’s Lill’s dormakaba and Cape Epic teammate Amy McDougall has teamed up Arno du Toit, while Yolandi du Toit and Ben Melt Swanepoel will also be in contention. Credit: Kevin Sawyer Those teams should always be close to the front, while regular mixed contenders at the Old Mutual joBerg2c, Johan Labuschagne and Catherine Williamson (Sugeons for Little Lives / Mitas) could spring a surprise. The men’s category looks like a two-way tussle with the NAD Pro MTB duo of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck the favourites to see off the challenge of the Silverback Best4Sports pair of Declan Sidey and Shaun-Nick Bester. In all likelihood these two teams will spend a significant portion of their time out front with PYGA Eurosteel’s Matthys Beukes – whose partner, Philip Buys, was forced to withdraw due to illness, leaving Beukes to ride as a solo entrant and the overwhelming favourite to claim that title. Credit: Kevin Sawyer In the women’s category Sarah Hill and Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) should be the team to beat, but the mixed category should provide the close battles up front. At the opposite end of the field on Friday was Team Agrinet’s Riaan Barnard and Basil Steenkamp who limped in after just over eight hours on the route. Barnard “clicked his back” when jumping off the transport boat at the crossing over the Vaal River and struggled the final 56km in agony before limping off to the race medics at the finish. The race ends in Scottburgh on Saturday 28 April.
  11. Photo credit: Em Gatland. The idea comes from the fine tradition of baseball in the USA where a World Series is held with teams from Canada and the US competing. As joBerg2c attracts more than 150 foreign riders from more than 20 countries, the event is well-placed to now offer the World Mixed Team Championships to the global mountain biking community. It’s another reason to ride the beloved country from Heidelberg outside Johannesburg to Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal. After years of growing numbers in the mixed category, the Old Mutual joBerg2c has decided to honour their mixed field with the World Mixed Team Championships title. It’s an unprecedented move that is sure to attract even stronger mixed teams to the event. While not billed as Africa’s toughest mountain bike event, the nine-day ride across South Africa is a gruelling test of physical and mental ability, with long district roads, rocky climbs and single track sections that test the very best. Once completing a day’s riding, participants also have to manage themselves at the infamous Notties Brewery Pig Rig, which has scuppered many a challenger’s PB thanks to its fine selection of ales. Photo credit: Em Gatland. Organiser of the Old Mutual joBerg2c Craig Wapnick says, “We realise that the UCI does not award points to the mixed racing categories at UCI sanctioned events, so we have seen a gap and from now on we will be calling our mixed category the World Mixed Team Championships. This will also help get more female riders into the sport in general. We have had a real struggle finding women-only teams but we get loads of mixed teams, so clearly there is an appetite for this category in endurance cycling. There is growth in women’s cycling, and we want to be at the forefront in encouraging more ladies onto bikes.” To make the category even more exciting, joBerg2c has increased the prize purse of this new category to reflect it’s new, lofty status. Wapnick adds, “As an event and event owners, we have spoken amongst ourselves and we all agree that this mixed category is fast and fun, and it should get recognition. Last year we had incredibly strong riders in this category - Candice and Darren Lill, Amy Beth McDougall and Grant Usher, Yolandi Du Toit and Ben Melt Swanepoel to mention a few - and we are certain that the new World Mixed Team Championships will push these and other teams to even stronger performances in the future.” World Mixed Team Championships prize money: 1st R100 000 2nd R30 000 3rd R20 000
  12. With 32.34% of the votes the winner is.... Falling Down: A True Story My personal story of the past 7 years - waiting to be completed with an incredible journey across this beautiful country - John Eliastam The Prize1 x team entry for two people to the Old Mutual joBerg2c 2018, taking place from 20-28 April 2018 (Value R41,580) 3 sets of Avis Van Rental kit per team member consisting of professional bib shorts and jerseys (Value R18,000) – teams must ride in the AVRT kit A luxury Avis Safari Rental double cab and a personal driver for the duration of the event which will be driven and set up for the team at each race village (Value R19,800) We will also provide accommodation in Johannesburg (Courtyard in Rosebank or similar) the night before the event, if the winners are from outside Johannesburg. Special offer to all entrants As Avis Van Rental, we were impressed with the effort that you made with your entries. Thank you for each entry submitted! If you’re not through to the Top 5, we’d like to offer you a 20% discount on your 2018 entry, courtesy of Avis Van Rental Avis Van Rental Voting resultsFalling Down: A True Story - John Eliastam (1242 votes) We try (and train) harder! - Mark Drummond (812 votes) Dieter and Samantha, fresh and profesh - Dieter Zermatten (378 votes) From Newbie to Pro - Robyn Luden (357 votes) Train-Like-A-Pro to Ride-Like-A-Pro - Theodore Westervelt (239 votes) Thanks to everyone who took part in the entry and voting process and well done to our winner, John. To find out more about the Old Mutual joBerg2c visit the website here: joberg2c.co.za
  13. It's time to reveal who will Ride-Like-A-Pro with Avis Van Rental at the 2018 Old Mutual joBerg2c. The votes are in, audits are complete and a clear winner has emerged. Click here to view the article
  14. Update: The finalists have been announced. Public voting to choose the overall winner runs from 24-31 January 2017. Find out more at the bottom of this article. The Old Mutual joBerg2c is a 9 day, 900km mountain bike stage race, from city to sea, through private farms and remote lands across four provinces of South Africa. Known for its incredible route through the most majestic scenery, The Old Mutual joBerg2c is a ride where the destination is less important than the journey. The variation and beauty of the landscape and the hospitality of the communities along the way make this event unique and unforgettable. Avis Van Rental is once again sponsoring the logistics of the event, ensuring your bags and belongings and beds move from race village to race village so that you can worry about the climbs and descents and enjoy the ride. Tell us why you deserve to Ride-Like-A-Pro with Avis Van Rental at the 2018 Old Mutual joBerg2c? If you’d like to stand a chance to win this experience, tell us why you deserve to Ride-Like-A-Pro with Avis Van Rental at the 2018 Old Mutual joBerg2c in a short video clip (no more than 2 minutes). Upload your entry on the competition page by 19 January 2018.The prize: 1 x team entry for two people to the Old Mutual joBerg2c 2018, taking place from 20-28 April 2018 (Value R41,580) 3 sets of Avis Van Rental kit per team member consisting of professional bib shorts and jerseys (Value R18,000) – teams must ride in the AVRT kit A luxury Avis Safari Rental double cab and a personal driver for the duration of the event which will be driven and set up for the team at each race village (Value R19,800) We will also provide accommodation in Johannesburg (Courtyard in Rosebank or similar) the night before the event, if the winners are from outside Johannesburg. To find out more about the Old Mutual joBerg2c visit the website here: joberg2c.co.za FinalistsWe try (and train) harder! - Mark Drummond Dieter and Samantha, fresh and profesh - Dieter Zermatten From Newbie to Pro - Robyn Luden Train-Like-A-Pro to Ride-Like-A-Pro - Theodore Westervelt Falling Down: A True Story - John Eliastam Voting is open from 24-31 January 2018. The overall winner will be announced on 2 February 2018. Special offer to all entrants As Avis Van Rental, we were impressed with the effort that you made with your entries. Thank you for each entry submitted! If you’re not through to the Top 5, we’d like to offer you a 20% discount on your 2018 entry, courtesy of Avis Van Rental Avis Van Rental
  15. If you think you’ve got what it takes to Ride The Beloved Country in the 2018 Old Mutual joBerg2c, Avis Van Rental is giving away one team entry to a deserving duo, to Ride-Like-A-Pro. Click here to view the article
  16. The nine-day ride across South Africa, the longest stage race in South Africa, will once again take riders up and over Spioenkop Mountain. Riders entered into the 2018 event can steel themselves for the challenging climb to appear on day four of their journey from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Scottburgh on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast. Day three of the Old Mutual joBerg2c is where riders find their legs. The long stage from Reitz to Sterkfontein Dam takes riders from vast mielie fields to the first sightings of the Drakensberg. The finish of the stage along the Sterkfontein Dam wall is an iconic moment in an event full of priceless scenery. Credit: Em Gatland After a few years absence from the joBerg2c, the event organisers, inspired by a group of British Army Soldiers who took the detour of their own accord during the 2017 joBerg2c, have decided that this iconic location is a must-ride for all participants. Spioenkop is of course the famous mountain on which one of the fiercest battles was fought during the Anglo-Boer War. Winston Churchill, who was a war correspondent at the time, reported the scenes of the battle: “There was moreover a steady leakage of unwounded men of all corps. Some of these cursed and swore. Others were utterly exhausted and fell on the hillside in stupor. Others again seemed drunk though they had no liquor. Scores were sleeping heavily.” Thankfully at joBerg2c there will be liquor present - and the promise of a good night’s sleep - but only after riders have conquered Spioenkop. “All Old Mutual joBerg2c riders will have to do is ride the up Spioenkop – not too much to ask compared to fighting and dying in the trenches,” says one of the three race organisers, Craig Wapnick. Wapnick adds, “We will be giving the English and Afrikaans riders a chance to go up against each other on the day. We want to know if there will be more Afrikaans riders in the first 100 to go over the mountain or more English riders. And if any Zulu, Xhosa or Sotho beat them they too will be rewarded. This could become an iconic mountain bike battle ground for years to come. It also adds an element of good-natured competition to the day’s riding. Naturally all riders will be rewarded equally with a breath-taking descent off the top of the mountain… and if all goes well there will be no bloodshed!” Riders at the 2017 Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush make their way up the infamous Spioenkop climb. Spioenkop has been a hallmark of the Berg & Bush, while also appearing in early editions of the Old Mutual joBerg2c. This year the short but steep climb makes its return to the nine-day MTB race - but riders can look forward to a stunning 12km singletrack descent as reward for the ascending efforts. Credit: Em Gatland. The legend of Spioenkop also adds an international flavour to the ride - which itself is already hugely popular with foreign mountain bikers. There are a number of famous British football grounds with stands named “The Kop” after the battle of Spioenkop. These include Liverpool’s Anfield, Leeds United’s Elland Road, Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane and many others. Interestingly, while the Kop is synonymous with Liverpool, the first recorded use of the name at an English football stadium came in 1904 at Arsenal’s (then Woolwich Arsenal) old Manor Ground stadium. The Old Mutual joBerg2c is no ride in the park. It is the longest fully serviced stage race in the world – by some distance. It is an incredible way to see the real South Africa if you are fit and willing. Going from city to sea off-road on trails and through more than 100 farms requires the right attitude: ride hard and reward yourself with ice cold beers. The ride also attracts over 150 foreigner riders (there are 180 foreigners entered so far this year) from all over the globe who love riding their bikes in special places. From Mexico to Australia and in between, the love of mountain biking in places less travelled is universal. There are limited entries available for 2018. Entries close 31 January 2018 or when full. With over 250km of single track only open for the event - and some truly rural riding - the Old Mutual joBerg2c is about Riding the Beloved Country, where the journey is more important than the destination. “The Old Mutual joBerg2c is into its ninth year.” says Wapnick, “And if you ask most riders, it just gets better and better.”
  17. Just had a quick look at some posts about the Cape Epic purchasing Wine2Whales and started thinking about the costs of stage racing... Here is a quick link to a Google spreadsheet if you're interested in adding to the list. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_wf5OJzbYdcxKS_nkgJhvfUm87flBt_SWsBtOPSVaBU/edit?usp=sharing This is not a post about whether it is cheap or expensive or the Rand vs Dollar debate - more about an actual comparison of what these races actually cost. (Entry fee, excluding any of your incidental extras like travel, mechanic packages, massage etc.) Here is a quick summary of what I have so far... Rand for Rand the Joberg2C still provides great value for a longer event in terms of costs per kilometre at a low R64,51 for 2018 (With free coffee and magnificent food) and the Cape Epic topping out on R113.83/km (with plastic cups for water). *Disclaimer: Rates are as accurate as my 2 minute Google Search provided. Accommodation and food is based on my own experience and rating (No, I don't 'bant' and I like steak, pasta and beer - probably too much!) PS> I would love to compare some of these with the costs of doing an international race like the Trans Portugal or Trans Alp!
  18. We note the recent developments with regards to Cycling South Africa (CSA). As events and organizers, we are significant contributors through our events and clients (the rider) to the CSA model. In light of recent media reports, we would like to inform our clients and riders that we have requested a meeting with CSA. We have requested this meeting in order to establish certain facts, enquire about specific decisions and understand the processes that have (and will) be put in place to rectify certain aspects of the sports administration that needs attention. CSA immediately acknowledged our request and efficiently setup a meeting accordingly for the 26th June, where President William Newman will be meeting with the respective event representatives. While a lot has been said about CSA's financial position, as a group of KZN based events we feel It is important for us to note and acknowledge that Cycling KZN as a governing body is financially sound and operationally efficient, and we thank the respective volunteers who have put their personal time and effort into the organization to date. Our commitment as a group is to ensure that we represent our partners, clients and riders to the best of our ability in order to help facilitate a sport that is associated with good governance, financially sound principles and a governing body that is focused on growing the sport through good business principles.
  19. The joBerg2c truly has it all. Nine days of riding through ever-changing terrain, with warm hospitality, excellent food, ice cold craft beer, the sweetest singletrack, the most sublime scenery and the biggest heart of any mountain bike ride in the world. Yes, that’s right, the joBerg2c has the nicest people from start to finish, whether at water tables, along the route or in the race village; it’s a bold claim, but one you can discover to be accurate when you ride this incredible route yourself. The joBerg2c is a wild ride, a jolly journey, and a mind-blowing trip though South African culture and cuisine. And then there are those people, the men and women dedicated to making your ride as pleasing as possible. “The beating heart of the Old Mutual joBerg2c, and what sets the ride apart from the many that South Africa has to offer, is the warmth of the people involved,” says race organiser Craig Wapnick. “We follow a community-driven model, where every water table and race village is manned by a local community. The joBerg2c uses no outside caterers or suppliers, rather encouraging the communities along the route to utilise the event as a fund-raising platform.” From Frankfort to Jolivet, every water table is different, every race village unique. Local farmers, school children, teachers, parents, church groups and other organisations combine to create a friendly and funky atmosphere. “This also generates healthy competition amongst the communities, to the benefit of the rider, as they attempt to outdo each other at every turn; Nutella flapjacks, bacon, boerie rolls, ice-cream, mini doughnuts, ham and tomato sandwiches… these are just some of the items that local farmers will try to force feed you over the nine day journey.” For the non-believers, just take a look at this joBerg2c nine-day sample menu: river crossings, forest trails, sweeping switchbacks, climbs that leave you gasping for air followed by eye-watering descents, floating bridges, wandering wildlife (this year a little bokkie camped out for a few hours at a water table, unfazed by the bikes flying past), steak rolls, lamb on the spit, chocolate milk, and enough mountain biking variety over the 900km to keep you sane until you enter again. Every day provides something different for sightseeing cyclists; day 1 is the mighty Vaal crossing, day 2 there are wolves - actual live wolves, and when you ride the last 5km over the Sterkfrontein Dam wall on day 3 you tackle the most iconic finish to any stage at any event in South Africa. Day 4 features an adrenalin-pumping 10km singletrack finish, day 5 presents riders with a race village setting straight out of the Alps, day 6 has 27 switchbacks on a single descent, day 7 is singletrack heaven, the Umkomaas Drop awaits on day 8, while day 9 is the neutral stage that every hard-partying mountain biker has been crying out for. From nine days of riding, you detox from the stress of real life; joBerg2c is your cheapest therapy bill. From the brilliant to the back markers, 100 percent of joBerg2c finishers agree that the nine-day, 900km expedition by bike is a blast. Take the word of Dutch riders Gerben Mos and Braam Rood, who were in contention for the race win, who simply called every day’s riding at the joBerg2c, “Effing great”. The 2018 Old Mutual joBerg2c takes place from 20th April to 28th April.
  20. The final three days of the joBerg2c includes the entire three-day sani2c route, which gives elite riders that do both a good opportunity to check out the route before they hit the trails again just 12 days later. And this year, with some major changes to the sani2c’s decisive 'Iconic Climb' out the Umkomaas Valley on Day 2, taking part in the longer event could give riders a critical advantage. The Team PYGA Eurosteel duo of Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys continued their good form at the Old Mutual joBerg2c where they took the overall race honours standing them in good stead for the 2017 KAP sani2c next week. Em Gatland/ Gameplan Media “We had some time on our hands going into the final three days of joBerg2c so we used that as a good opportunity to map out our attack on the route,” PYGA Euro Steel’s Philip Buys mentioned. “I think it has been about six years since I last did a sani2c, so it was nice to be able to see the route again in racing conditions.” The PYGA Euro Steel duo of Buys and Beukes were in stellar form at the Absa Cape Epic where they rode away with the African Jersey for the fastest all-African team, and they have continued their form into the early winter racing season. Despite their good form, one can never write off the NAD Pro MTB Team of Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, who pushed the winning duo all the way to the coast over the joBerg2c. Recuperation from the nine-day slog to the East Coast before the shorter, faster three-day sani2c showdown is going to be the key for the teams that took part. “We feel that we have improved and are continuing to improve, which a good thing. We have avoided sickness which has meant that we have been able to train at our optimum,” said Buys. “I thought that I would be a lot more broken after joBerg2c but we are both feeling quite strong and the race (joBerg2c) is quite smooth so it doesn’t break you down as much as others.” Looking too closely into the form of other teams at the joBerg2c could prove to be detrimental, as Buys knows the more competitive nature of the sani2c means that the field will be stronger. “There are going to be quite a few teams that are going to come into the sani2c a lot fresher after giving joBerg2c a miss. “But with that said, we have come through the nine days well and feel good, so I think that form and racing experience will be beneficial for us going into the race. “We are going into next week with a lot of confidence but we know that the competition is going to be fierce, so it’s important for us to train well and be as prepared as possible,” Buys stressed. This year is the 13th edition of the KAP sani2c, the world’s largest mountain bike stage race, which takes place from Himeville to Scottburgh during the second week of May. There are three races which form the event. On May 9, the Trail riders set off from Himeville for MacKenzie Farm near Ixopo. Then on the next day, while they are heading for Jolivet Farm in Highflats, the Adventure riders take on stage one. As the Trail riders dash to Scottburgh on May 11, the serious Race riders set off on their three-day journey from Himeville. For more information on KAPsani2c: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za
  21. Fancy dress kept the mood light on the final stage. Photo credit: Em GatlandWhat a way to end off nine days of traversing the country by bike. The neutral stage meant a leisurely roll off the start line anytime between 7 and 8am. With flights to catch and bikes to box we opted to head out at 7. Stage 9 was also a dress up stage- the theme being anything green, and I was over the moon with the neon green tutus the organisers had provided, amongst other options, to help with the dress up. Somehow riding in a tutu made every thing feel more fun. Photo credit: Em Gatland The route itself is fairly flat and comfortable: there are no major climbs or challenges, and it made for a very social experience. It was a pleasure to be be able to enjoy the full extent of the water points without rushing, and to stop at the top of every hill to admire the view. I wasn’t expecting to feel this way: but I really think there is something great about a neutral stage: especially for races that are as long, and traverse as much varied terrain as joBerg2c. It lets riders race, but also forces even the racing snakes to take a sanity check and appreciate the experience. Photo credit: Em Gatland Today we were into the vast sugar cane fields and lush tropical jungle of the KZN coastal region, with some spectacular views from the rolling hillsides. The route was predominately jeep track, linking a few flowing single track sections. We took our time, and ensured the Bar One and donut stocks at the water points were suitably depleted before moving on. My apologies to the riders that came through after us. The sense of achievement I got from our first sight of the sea was immense: we really had ridden from Heidelberg all the way down to the coast. The famed floating bridge over the river at Scottburgh presented the final challenge and signalled the end of our trip. Photo credit: Em GatlandWriting this, I am devastated that the adventure is over. Even the consolation of a real bed, clean clothes and no 5am wake up call are not enough to make me feel better. I can honestly say it has been one of the best experiences I could ever have hoped for, and has been a privilege to participate.
  22. The final day’s ride was an 80km neutral stage from Jolivet in Highflats to Scottburgh. That start was a rolling start, so riders had the hour between 7 and 8am to get on their bikes and aim for the coast. After eight days of serious racing, the field was eager to get going and promptly raced off as the clock struck seven, but the winning teams used the opportunity to lie in and only rolled off just before 8am. Riders made their way through lush green fields of sugar cane on day 9 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c. Photo credit: Em Gatland. The idea of the ‘champagne” stage was to let riders enjoy their final moments at the Old Mutual joBerg2c without the worry of missing a cut-off, and to let them enjoy their last night in a joBerg2c race village. Most participants took advantage of the race’s day 8 finish and partied long into the night in Jolivet before stumbling back to tents beneath impressive macadamia trees. The joBerg2c’s official craft beer partner, Nottingham Road Brewery, did a roaring trade, and many riders started the champagne stage with Pickled Pig Porter or Tipsy Tiger IPA beer breath. Men’s champs Matthys Beukes and Phil Buys also took time to mingle with the evening revellers, further enhancing their reputations as likeable winners. The final challenge of the 900km ride from Heidelberg to Scottburgh was a short section across the famed floating bridge. Photo credit: Em Gatland. With nothing left to race for, the Lills, Buys, Beukes and other top riders like Grant Usher, Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck and Amy Beth McDougall all took the opportunity on day 9 to ride in the middle of the bunch, cruising to the finish later than they normally would. Day 9 was all about celebrating South Africa and the unique nature of the joBerg2c, the ride that takes people from all over the world all over South Africa’s beautiful countryside. All riders crossed the line elated, thrilled that they had achieved something life changing. Every rider was also presented with a special joBerg2c bottle of champagne. “This was a fantastic nine days,” said Erik Ramstad of Norway, after completing his 900km cycle. “I give it a 15 out of 10. Every stage was incredible. The day 8 ride was painful but we can’t complain, it was a marvellous experience. This was the first time I have been in South Africa for more than a few days, and it was an amazing way to see the country. I have lots of cycling friends at home, so I think next year you will see lots of Norwegians at the joBerg2c!” The winner of the solo women’s category, Siska Van Der Bijl, also enjoyed her nine day ride. “This is a tough race, make no mistake, but it was a great nine days of riding. It’s hard to pinpoint a particular highlight, because the earlier days seem so far away! But if I had to choose, I would go for the drop down to the Umkomaas on day 8, or day 4 from Sterkfontein to Em’seni, or just the way the scenery changes every day at this event. Overall, this is an awesome event. I’ve done a lot of them, but this has been one of the best.” Riders entered into the spirit of the final day 9 Old Mutual Wealth (Champagne) stage, enjoying a bottle of champagne at the end of the event. Photo credit: Em Gatland. Regular participant, Free State potato farmer and day 3 trail builder for the joBerg2c, Oupa Tshabalala, was happy to see the sea, and thrilled with his performance for the nine days. “It was brilliant,” said Tshabalala. “It’s almost unbelievable that we started 9 days ago in Heidelberg and that today is day 9 and we are now at the sea.” After thinking about it for a moment, he added, “Wow, what a ride, what an experience. It’s tough, hey. There are some long days at the joBerg2c; but the main thing of joBerg2c is the great team spirit. Everybody, from the riders to the water tables to the organisers, is just so happy to see you and wants to help you cross the finish line. It’s an incredible event.” You can find the Old Mutual Joberg2c results here.
  23. Riders head into the sunrise. Photo credit: Em Gatland We left the Mackenzie Club in a flurry of dust, riding straight into a pretty spectacular sunrise. With the famous Umkomaas drop a couple of kilometres into the stage, there was some serious jostling for position taking place. Often the signature trail on a route can be overrated, so secretly I wasn’t expecting much from the Umkomaas drop, but it totally over-delivered. We descended for an hour on manicured switchbacks with the most mind blowing view of the valley and the Umkomaas river below. The residents of the valley were all out to cheer us on and watch the show, creating a very festive atmosphere. Far too soon we were at the bottom, and the floating descent was over. The switchbacks carved into the Umkomaas Valley. Photo credit: Em GatlandWe followed the river via an undulating trail: I’m not sure where exactly we were at this point, but it was beautiful: pristine greenery, and the river so flat it was almost a mirror. After stuffing my face with chocolate and Coke at the first water point (it was just one of those days) we headed out again to tackle the Iconic climb. This was truly a beast: steep, rocky in places, and never-ending, we climbed 300 metres in 3 kilometres. Half an hour of vasbyt later and it was over, but the sting in the tail was five more kilometres of rolling district road with some painful climbs before the next water point. I’ve never been so pleased to see those flags. The Iconic climb took a toll. Photo credit: Em Gatland Luckily my legs had warmed up by now and I was able to enjoy the remainder of the ride quite comfortably. There were on or two more trail gems in store: including Sally’s Dance which had me sliding all over the show as I overcooked the corners with excitement, and threatened to hug a few trees. The timing finish was a couple of kilometres from the venue, to prevent riders from racing dangerously on Charlie's Catwalk next to a busy road, and it was a pleasure to roll into Jolivet unhurried. The race village at Jolivet. Photo credit: Em Gatland At Jolivet, the tents are set up in an orchard, and this keeps the tents cool, lends extra privacy and sound buffering, and gives the campsite a very relaxed tranquil atmosphere. With the racing over, and the Old Mutual Wealth “Champagne Stage” neutral stage taking us to the sea at Scottsburgh tomorrow the pressure is off. All that remains is to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the food and the company, and look forward to the last day on a bike exploring new terrain.
  24. Old Mutual joBerg2c 2017 Day 8 images Another awesome collection of images from Em Gatland of Day 8 of the 2017 edition of the Old Mutual joBerg2c. Enjoy.
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