Racing or riding?

Race the beloved country

There are those who love to ride and those love being part of a race. We are happy when riders want to race or simply want to ride. Our categories are explained below.

We know for most the Old Mutual go2berg is a tough rewarding ride but for some it is also an awesome race across South Africa.

Our racing categories are solo and mixed open. You can still ride in a big a group but you will be timed as solo rider or mixed category only. See racing categories below. We will have prize money and prizes in all racing categories. For more info on prize money contact 

Only sections with 10 or more riders will constitute a racing category e.g if there are only a few female vet rides and female master riders they will just be part of the overall women’s section.


CategoryMinimum ageMaximum age
Men / Women solo 19
Men / Women vets solo 40 49
Men / Women master solo 50 59
Men / Women grand master solo 60 69
Men / Women Diamond solo 70
Amabokke-bokkie mixed 19

E bikes, tandems, and more

We are 100% E Bike  friendly and we have an E bike hire solution riders. The E bike route will follow the mountain bike route.

We will not have a racing category for E bikes due to the nature of these bikes and variation of models, battery power etc. E Bikes are perfect if you want to ride with a stronger partner, or just enjoy the route and the people without rushing.

E bike FAQS

  1. Number of batteries allowed? You can bring as many batteries as you want. There will be a mechanic at water point 1 daily, that will help you transport your battery. Batteries can only be exchanged at water point 1
  2. E-bike mechanic – there is no specific mechanic, they will all be able to assist but all our mechanics are e-bike mechanics too
  3. Battery charging – there will be a charging station daily. Riders need to take responsibility for the charging of their own batteries. Please also discuss with your pre-booked mechanic as they might also be able to help you
  4. C batch start – e-bikes will start in C batch or lower,  but it does not matter where you start it is more important that you have a lekker time
  5. Timed – e-bikes will not be timed but you will be an official finisher
  6. Naturally e-bikes are not allowed to ride up front with normal bikes that are racing.

Tandems and single speed 

Should we get enough interest from tandems and single speed riders we will form a category with loads of enthusiasm. We will need 3 tandems and 5 single speed riders to have a category.

Gravel bike ‘tour’

We will have a gravel friendly route within go2berg to cater for the growing market of gravel riders who want a different challenge. In 2024 this will be run as a “tour” contact for more information.

Beef category

The Beef category is a weight division for South African mountain biking! Riders need to weigh at least 90 kgs in order to qualify. Therefore the minimum weight for a rider is 180 kgs.

Prize money and prizes

All major category winners will be rewarded with prizes and or prize money

Prize money for men solo and women solo  contact: for more info.

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