The Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush organisers have once again chosen to partner with Qhubeka to connect people with bicycles.
The annual three-stage MTB event takes place in South Africa’s Drakensberg mountains. Riders start at the escarpment near Harrismith and make their way down into Winterton, camping along the banks of the Tugela River at Em’Seni.
Riders can donate any amount of money they like on top of their race entry (or when they arrive at the event). The funds raised will be used to purchase Qhubeka bicycles for the people who built and cut the single-track trails that the riders get to enjoy on the events held in October.
Gary Green, race organiser, notes that the race takes part in a rural region of the KwaZulu-Natal province. Many of the people who help to create the MTB trails live along the race route, but have no access to transport themselves. Previous years have shown that receiving Qhubeka Bicycles makes a big difference for these people, as they are able to travel between villages faster.
Some of the bicycle recipients have also taken up mountain-biking as a sport, and Green hopes to continue to build on this burgeoning cycling culture in the region.