There’s still nothing like a word-of-mouth recommendation to give some real-world credibility to an event. We did a survey to our @TreadMTBmag twitter followers to find out which South African stage race is their favourite, and why. Two races that were prominent were the FNB Wines2Whales and the FedGroup Berg & Bush, while the Nedbank Sani2c also featured regularly as did the Old Mutual joBerg2c.
Note: Much to our editor’s disdain, we have left the tweets unedited…
Laurie Snyman @LaurieSnyman Berg and Bush 2 day, first stage race with my hubby, absolutely awesome.
Grumpy @YatesGraeme Sani2C – organization
Transbaviaans – just because it’s a mind bender
Berg & Bush – fantastic single track and brilliant trails
Sarel Strydom @strydsa Really enjoyed W2W!! Well organised and great trAils!!
OneEffingGear @OneEffingGear only done dusi 2 c and that was awesome. Great vibe and amazing scenery.
Karl Gebhardt @KarlGeb Berg and Bush – awesome trails and fantastic organisation!
Benni @titusrider W2W….Value4Money, excellentOrg, Singletrackgalore, Not4dirtroadies
Trevor Crowe @crowe_trevor Joberg2c. I get to Ride the Beloved Country and raise funds for St Laurence’s Children’s Haven who lube chains @ waterpoint 2
StealthCarbonRacing @StealthCarbon W2W!!!! Super organised. Great single trax. Great vibe. Great scenery.
Peter O’Farrell @peterthevet joberg2c – spectacular scenery, 9 consecutive days of pushing yourself followed by parking off!
Andy Hadfield @andyhadfield berg and bush 2 day. Perfect intro to stage races and don’t need butt cream
Brett Haggard @Brettski Jozi2Kozi last year was a great experience… More of a ride than a race though… Mellow vibe, great hosts, great scenery…
Murray Turner @Murray_Turner for us who spend most of it falling off our bikes the two day arabella challenge is excellent
Andrew Robinson @topdrawersa has to be the Imana Wild Ride…unspoiled magnificent coast line…great vibe & awesome riding…
MTB Trails SA @MTBtrailsSA Sani2C. Just love the spirit!
Marc Grannum @marcgrannum Joberg2c, route and vibe
James Williams Namaqualand quest 3day stage race- SA most beautiful! Cycling means me smiling and the flowers….well that’s earth laughing!
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*Originally published in TREAD Issue 33, 2015 – All rights reserved