Berg & Bush opens event to teens

The FedGroup Berg & Bush is set to give talented youngsters their first real taste of stage racing by allowing teenagers to participate in the two-day mountain bike event in the Central Drakensberg on October 18.

According to Cycling South Africa regulations, riders aged 15 to 18 may only participate in a maximum of three stages, which cover no more than 60km per day.

Race director Gary Green said organisers had decided to shorten their first stage slightly to meet the maximum permissible distance and allow more families to take part.

“We are really excited about being able to cater for teenagers at this year’s event.”

He said the demand from eager parents to include their teenage children in the racing had become an annual issue. Green said there were very few other stage races on the national calendar that offered this opportunity for youth category riders.

“The two-day route is a perfect mixture of farm and cattle tracks, a few swooping smooth descents, some long climbs which aren’t too steep, and shorter technical sections that are rideable for the average cyclist.”

Free bike washes, roving mechanics, sundowner tours and a festive race village atmosphere round out the weekend experience.
He said the two-day option took a more light-hearted, sociable approach than the event’s two senior signature races – the three-day Descent and Great Trek.

The eighth edition of the FedGroup Berg & Bush starts with the Descent on October 10, followed by the Great Trek on October 14 and wraps up with the two-day race on October 18. Enter at www.bergandbush.co.za. Find the race on Facebook or follow @bergandbush and @FarmerGaryGreen.

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The FedGroup Berg & Bush will give teenagers their first real taste of stage racing by allowing them to take part in the two-day mountain bike event in the Central Drakensberg on October 18. Photo: Kelvin Trautman.