26 April - 4 May.
As most people may know, we headed to Heidelberg on the morning of the 26th of April. Our 2019 JoBerg2C journey started at Karan Beef. On the very first day, Matthys and Philip made it clear that we were there to have fun, but also train and experience a multi-day event from a few different perspectives.
Matthys Beukes, current third time champion at the Attakwas as well as the JoBerg2C, who also walked away with the solo title at this year's race thoroughly enjoyed the nine days. He also focussed himself on improving his form and also tested himself over the nine days.
Photos by Milan de Beer for Mediatic Studios.
"I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to ride my third joberg2c, it is such an extraordinary journey to experience and by sharing the good times with friends make it so much more memorable.
With it not being such a close race I could afford to experiment and learn about a couple of things from how to deal with illness leading up to the event, how to make sure I am firing on all cylinders, race craft and what to do in panic situations to limit the losses. One can never stop learning, and in the future, I can use what I learned as a valuable experience when I find myself in similar situations.
Apart from the spectacular riding, it was great to spend time with people who have a shared passion for this fantastic sport.
Big thanks to everyone who was a part of it, you guys are fantastic!" ~ Matthys "Pace" Beukes
On the other hand, Philip Buys took the ride to Scottburgh on from a different angle. After realising the goal for this coming month would be the 2019 Sani2C, he spent time on the route and also enjoyed the sights and people that make up the journey. Inevitably what this year's ride was all about — the journey. Philip also spent some time on his PYGA SLAKLINE, a full enduro mountain bike designed by the one and only Patrick Morewood.
"I had a great time at Joberg2C this year. With no prize money in the elite men's category, It provided us with the ideal opportunity to do something different and also to use it as a training camp for later races.
Most of the days I rode on my Pyga Stage, but on the days where I knew we were in for some excellent trail sections, I saddled up the SLAKLINE and made the most of it.
For the next four weekends, we will be racing flat out again and first up this weekend will be the Nissan Trailseeker race in Gauteng, if recovery goes well." ~ Philip "FACE THE" Buys.
As a team, we are very fortunate to be included in the mix at events like the JoBerg2C. Thanks to every individual that participated in the creation of such an iconic event. Our next big objective would definitely be the SANI2C. Good luck to everyone competing.
We are looking forward to the next 10 years with the event.
Onwards and Upwards. #gooimielies