JoBerg2C is a 900k, 9 day mountain bike race in South Africa from just south of Johannesburg to the KwaZulu-Natal coast. The longest mountain bike stage race on the continent, the route crosses 4 South African provinces — and we will only touch pavement for 10k of the ride. The course passes through some of the most magnificent terrain that South Africa has to offer, before ending in the waters of the Indian Ocean.

…and it is basically a metric century for 9 straight days.

The journey is not just about the ride, JoBerg2C is people and community driven. The race raises money for the communities we ride through and helps to fund schools, churches and charities. Working in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Day Project, previous rides have funded the building of 6 libraries along the route. Others libraries are under development. Additional donations from the riders and the sponsors are made to: St Laurence’s Children’s Haven, Qhubeka – Mobilizing People with Bikes, and 12 Hours.

For those of you who know me personally, 12 Hours is near and dear to my heart and my art. The organization’s name is derived from the fact that Rhinos are currently being poached at a rate of 1 every 12 hours.

“Our vision is a world where wildlife is respected and protected for its intrinsic value and not exploited as a commodity to satisfy man’s insatiable greed and cultural beliefs.”
— From the 12 hours site

We will cross rivers, climb mountains, descending the escarpment, drop some crazy single-track and challenge ourselves physically, emotionally and mentally. We will make friends, eat well, fall asleep under the African skies and learn to live a little more.

Are we up for it? You bet.

In 2012 while attending an artist residency at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa, I had the great fortune to go on a safari and see these magnificent creatures in the wild. I will never understand how they can be killed for their horns.

Rhinoceros horns are just keratin – grow your own hair and your own fingernails and chop those off !!!!!!!

The joBerg2C website pretty much tells it all.

if you want to see the highlights from previous years check out the Kelly Wapnick’s youtube channel.