It may only be celebrating its fifth birthday, but it’s fair to say that the Hollard Jozi Urban MTB Adventure has already been through a lifetime of experiences. After a ground- and bone-breaking start in 2014, and year two, where it wasn’t even given a chance (due to the event being rained out), it’s been a long but adventurous ride back for one of South Africa’s most unique mountain bike races.
“Because no one had ever organised a race like the Hollard JUMA, there was no-one to ask how to do it. However, after taking the lessons learned from the first year and the ‘year that never happened’ in 2015, we ensured that 2016 and 2017 have placed us firmly on the map as one of SA’s most talked about mountain bike races,” said race organiser Russell Willis.
Despite the early setbacks, Willis and Mark Castel remained resolute and dedicated to the Hollard JUMA vision. This year, on 3 June, the Hollard JUMA will return for its fifth installment, focused on adding even more of the surprises, twists and drama the race is known for.
“You have two choices. Either you pack up your things and go or you stand up, dust yourself off and make sure you don’t fall over the same bump again. The 2016 event was a testament to that. And since then, we’ve gone on from strength to strength. We haven’t just remained stagnant. This year, we’ve gone ahead and upped the ante and released our most ambitious route yet.”
And ambitious it is. For the very riders that have embodied that very same never-say-die attitude that has proved a hallmark of the Hollard JUMA over the years, organisers have this year introduced The Punisher; limited to 300 riders only, this 72km monster route is certain to truly challenge even the most hardcore riders.
Along with the 72km Punisher, this year’s event will have the familiar 22km and 54km routes. Over R1.6 million will be spent to provide riders with stimulating from-the-saddle view of the world’s biggest urban jungle. The 2018 race will take place a week later than in previous years, with a slightly later start time at 7.30am. All three routes will then culminate in an all-new daredevil finish.
This year the Hollard Adventure Festival at Marks Park is will keep those muscles moving with the best ‘Old Skool’ and R&B music from Hot 919 FM, the event’s official radio partner for 2018. Participants will be entertained from start to end by the most popular Hot 919 radio personalities. Make sure to keep an ear out on Hot 919 FM for all the latest Hollard JUMA & Hollard JURA news.
Entries are R360 for the 22km, R488 for the 54km and R593 for the 72km Punisher. Visit: www.joziadventure.co.za for more information.