New Format for 2022: Narrative | Guided Rides | Not timed
There is nothing quite like thrill of competition and a big mission to make you feel alive. This probably accounts for the proliferation of races on the mountain bike calendar.
While the anticipation of a big event and the attendant motivation to train hard and race harder can be really exhilarating, sometimes what we actually need is a chance to take our foot off the gas and quiet that driving need to be “better”. Taking time to acknowledge ourselves for where we are now, deepens our sense of appreciation. Living with a sense of appreciation enables us to exist in an atmosphere of abundance rather than want.
Ridetheberg 2022 is a reset – a change in format from a race weekend to a restorative weekend away with great riding, beautiful nature and plenty of time for rest and reflection. Non riding friends and family are welcome
The ride will be hosted at Montusi Mountain Lodge, an exclusive 4 star lodge in the Northern Drakensberg of KZN. The Lodge offers glorious accommodation in beautifully appointed suites set in open gardens, each offering breathtaking views of the Drakensberg’s Amphitheatre. Montusi is renowned for sumptuous local cuisine, and all meals are included in the getaway. Montusi is spectacularly situated in the heart of the Drakensberg Trails network, with access to the trails directly from the Lodge.
The pace of the weekend will be relaxed and social, with welcome drinks at the dam at sunset on Friday night. Dinner will be served in the dining room and can be enjoyed at leisure. Saturday will start bright and early with a Sunrise Yoga session, followed by delicious Montusi breakfast and a brilliant full morning ride.
The ride will depart at 9:30am, and cover a distance of +- 40kms of mountainous single track. Routes will be guided, and a narrative will be available for those who prefer to take life at their own pace. Our guides are keen mountain bikers who can’t wait to share their love of riding in this beautiful area with you. Provision will be made to split the groups so different levels can be accommodated. There will be a mid morning stop for cappuccinos and scones, with the ride returning to Montusi in the early afternoon. A light lunch will be served and the afternoon will be free for a dip in the pool or an afternoon snooze. A second yoga session will be offered in the late afternoon to loosen up any stiff muscles and joints. Dinner Saturday night will be followed by moonlit stroll to the dam for a bonfire and a chance to share the experiences of the day.
Breakfast on Sunday will be from 7am, with the ride leaving at 8:30. Once again this will be a guided ride, with provision to split the group, and the narrative for the lone rangers. Sunday’s route will be shorter, around 30km, to get us back for a quick lunch and early afternoon departure, enabling a leisurely drive home.