EARLY BIRD ENTRIES FOR 2024 ARE NOW OPEN

Most frequent questions and answers

Registration & Entry General

  • Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg MTB 10km & 25km & Kids – Sat 11 Nov 2023 at STEYN CITY
  • 947 Ride Joburg MTB 50km – Sun 12 Nov 2023 at STEYN CITY
  • 947 Ride Joburg Road – Sun 19 Nov 2023 at FNB Stadium

E-Bikes may be ridden in the ROAD and MTB events and only if the participant selects the E-bike category when entering online. Should an E-bike participant change his entry to/from an E-bike category without properly applying for such a change through the Race Office, he/she will be disqualified. No e-bikes are permitted in the KIDS / 10km MTB events

A participant may organise a substitution with the Race Office which can be done for free up to 18 October 2023, thereafter a substitution fee of R250.00 will apply. The original entry fee will not be refunded. The person who is being substituted will have their number removed from the database and a new number will be allocated. Seeding will be according to the new participant’s individual seeding index. Please contact the Race Office for instructions on how to facilitate a substitution.

Only paid pre-entries will be accepted. There will be no late entries or unpaid entries at the venue.

Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg Road - Sun 19 Nov 2023 at FNB Stadium

The entry fee of R665.00 includes VAT and a CSA rider levy.

Participants must be older than the age of 12 years on the 31 Dec this year however special dispensation may be applied for in writing to the Race Office for younger entrants.

Charity entries close 2 October 2023.  Should you wish to Ride for a Purpose and join one of our registered charities your entry must be successfully linked to the charity team by the 18 October 2023

Individual entries close on 18 October 2023 or when entry capacity is reached.

After this date a penalty admin fee of R250 will be added to your entry purchase price. 

Race Packs will be available for collection at the 947 Ride Joburg Lifestyle Expo running from 16 to 18 November 2023 at FNB Stadium.

Number Collection dates and times will be communicated to entrants mid October 2023

No participant may sell their number or allow anyone else to ride under that number. A substitution may be applied for with the Race Office. Should a participant be in breach of this, she/he will be immediately disqualified and banned from participating in the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg Road for 5 years.

A participant may apply for a substitution with the Race Office which can be done for free up to 18 October 2023, thereafter a fee of R250.00 will apply. The original entry fee will not be refunded. The person who is being substituted will have their number removed from the database and a new number will be allocated. Seeding will be according to the new participant’s individual seeding index. Please contact the Race Office for instructions on how to facilitate a substitution.

Entry fees are non-refundable except under special circumstances. Read our withdrawal and cancellation policy here.

Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg MTB [10km & 25km – Sat 11 Nov 2023] [50km - Sun 12 Nov 2023] at Steyn City

The entry fee of R665.00 includes VAT and a CSA rider levy.

  • 10km: older than 8 years on the 31 December 2022
  • 25km: older than 10 years on the 31 December 2022
  • 50km: older than 15 years on the 31 December 2022
  • Special dispensation may be applied for in writing to the Race Office for younger entrants

Only conventional mountain bikes, conventional mountain bike tandems and regulation E-bikes may be ridden.

  • ATB bar-ends are permitted on Mountain Bikes.
  • Any participant who is in any doubt about whether his/her bicycle, tandem or machine is suitable to be ridden in the event and, if so, in which category, is advised to contact the organisers well beforehand.

Entries close on 18 October 2023 or when entry capacity is reached.  Read our withdrawal and cancellation policy here.

No participant may sell their entry or allow anyone else to ride under that number. Should a participant be in breach of this, she/he will be immediately disqualified and banned from participating in the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg events.

A participant may apply for a substitution with the Race Office which can be done for a fee within the prescribed period. The original entry fee will not be refunded. The person who is being substituted will have their number removed from the database and a new number will be allocated. Seeding will be according to the new participant’s individual seeding index.

Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg Kids - Sat 11 Nov 2023 at Steyn City

The entry fee is R275.00 Pre- entries include a Kids T-Shirt and a complimentary goodie bag.

Online entries close on 18 October 2023 or when entry limits have been reached, whichever comes first.

No participant may sell their number or allow anyone else to ride under that number. Should a participant be in breach of this, she/he will be immediately disqualified and banned from participating in future events.

A participant may apply for a substitution with the Race Office which can be done for a fee of within the prescribed period. The original entry fee will not be refunded. The person who is being substituted will have their number removed from the database and a new number will be allocated.

  • Birds – 1km* Push bikes and tricycles. (age appropriate 2 – 4 years).
  • Meerkats – 1km* Trikes, push bikes and training wheels allowed (age appropriate 5 – 6 years).
  • Lions – 2.8km* Bicycles only, no training wheels (age appropriate 7 – 8 years).
  • Elephants – 5.5km* Bicycles only, no training wheels (age appropriate 9 – 10 years).

*Age categories are calculated for entry purposes as the entrant’s age on 31 December 2022

No tandems / motorised bicycles / e-bikes will be permitted. Each rider needs to bring their own bike and helmet.

Only one adult may accompany each entrant in the Birds (2-4 Years) only, the adult must wear the corresponding race number which will be issued in the race pack.

A participant may apply for a substitution with the Race Office which can be done for a fee within the prescribed period. The original entry fee will not be refunded. The person who is being substituted will have their number removed from the database and a new number will be allocated. Seeding will be according to the new participant’s individual seeding index.

Corporates, Teams, Charities

General

Charity team registrations close on 2 October 2023 and Corporate Team entries close on 2 October 2023. New teams may not be registered after these deadlines. Click here for team entry info.

Charity and Company Team start times will be communicated to teams later in the year. Each team participant with a seeding index will be allocated their start time, and all unseeded members will be seeded in the team’s start group. Seeded cyclists may drop down to their team’s start time if they wish to ride together. No late seeding requests at registration will be entertained.

Charity Teams

Entrants wishing to support one of the registered 947 Ride Joburg charities will be required to select to support one of the registered charities listed on the website.

Entrants who wish to Ride For a Purpose must join their chosen Charities before 18 October 2023

A Charity Team is made up of 10 or more entries to help raise funds and awareness for the charity. Limited group entries will be accepted. Terms and Conditions will apply.

Company and Club Teams

A Company or Club Team is made up of 10 – 100+ entries for groups. It allows a company to reserve entry slots and then invite clients or employees to join in the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg fun. Companies wishing to pre-purchase entries may register here.

Hospitality

We have brand new hospitality packages available for more info please contact :

hospitality@ridejoburg.co.za

Seeding, Start Times & Number Collection

Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg Road – Sun 19 Nov 2023 at FNB Stadium

Berge & Dale2022-02-26
Red Hill2022-03-06
Cape town cycle tour2022-03-13
Paarl De ville road race2022-04-11
Atlantis Road race2022-05-08
Slanghoek Spring race2022-05-22
Lady Loch2022-06-12
Rooiwal Challenge2022-06-18
Rooiwal Spring challenge of legends2022-09-10
Tour de Worchester2022-09-12
Blue Diamond Classic2022-09-17
Satellite Classic2022-10-02
Meals on Wheals2022-10-16
Amashova Durban Classic2022-10-23

The events are subject to change and be updated. If you have any questions regarding the seeding
events for Ride Joburg, please email alicia@ridejoburg.co.za

We use seeding to ensure riders of similar ability are grouped together so that you can compete enjoyably and safely. This is reflected in your start group and time.

To calculate your seeding, we will use road results obtained from events between 1 November 2020 and 30 September 2023 (at the discretion of the Race Director).

We will send out the ROAD seeding mailers for all entrants mid October. In this email, you’ll find everything you need to know to get you to the 947 Ride Joburg Road start line.

The KIDS and MTB events will be seeded closer to the event dates.

It is compulsory for every cyclist participating to use a Faces Timing Board with chip. These are available for purchase online for R60 (board only) to R80 (incl clip).
If you entered in 2021 these were issued at no charge to entrants and may be re-used. It is important to note that you may only use the board that is linked to your entry profile, this must be attached to your seat post as instructed. Boards are non-transferable and you may not ride with someone else’s race number or timing board. Any participant that does not wear their race number or timing chip will not be allowed into the start pen on race day.

Finish Time is the official timing company of the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg Road.

Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg proudly offers the biggest prize purse for a single day event on the continent. R200 000 prize money for our Top Male and Female in our Elite category for 2023. Click here for the full breakdown of prize categories.

Click here for quick access to a Google accommodation search near the FNB stadium

No camping will be allowed at the venue.

Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg MTB [10km & 25km – Sat 11 Nov 2023] [50km – Sun 12 Nov 2023] at Steyn City

The Organising Committee will use results obtained from these MTB events for seeding the 10km, 25km & 50km MTB.

RJ MTB Seeding Events

Attakwas2022-01-15
Summer Fast One2022-01-23
TS #1 Banhoek2022-01-29
Trans Drak Descent MTB Race2022-01-29
Tankwa Trek2022-02-09
Karoo Burn2022-02-19
Berge & Dale2022-02-27
Route 66 MTB Experience2022-03-04
Swartberg Xtreme2022-03-05
Absa Cape Epic2022-03-20
Berg1002022-03-26
Ostritch Crawl2022-04-02
Cradle mountain trophy2022-04-09
Bergplaas MTB Challenge2022-04-09
Joburg2C2022-04-22
Cullinan2Tondeldoos2022-04-23
Joburg Classic2022-04-30
The Great Kei Tour2022-05-06
Race to the sun2022-05-07
Baberton MTB Challenge2022-05-07
Sani2C Adventure2022-05-11
Sani2C Race2022-05-12
36One MTB Challenge2022-05-13
TS #3 Buffelsdrift2022-05-21
Amohela Classic2022-05-28
Sani2C NonStop2022-06-03
Sabie X perience2022-06-03
Trans Elands2022-06-04
Magalies Monster2022-06-04
Berg & Bush The Tour2022-06-14
Berg & Bush 2 day2022-06-18
Wildevy MTB2022-07-30
Ride the berg2022-10-21
Berg & Bush Descent2022-06-24
TS #4 Legends2022-06-25
Around the pot 100 miler2022-07-23
Winter Fast one2022-07-24
TS #4 Van Gaalens2022-07-30
Trans Baviaans The Repeat2022-08-12
Trans Baviaans The Race2022-08-13
TS #2 Sondela2022-08-27
Race to the sea2022-09-03
TS#5 Wellington2022-09-10
The Highland 1002022-09-24
7Weekspoort MTB2022-10-01
W2W Chardonnay2022-10-28
Kelrn MTB2022-10-29
W2W Pinotage2022-10-31
W2W Race2022-11-04
Midvaal 100 MilerTBC
Swazi Frontier 
East rand MTB Ride 

The events are subject to change and be updated. If you have any questions regarding the seeding
events for Ride Joburg, please email alicia@ridejoburg.co.za

 

SASeeding, or their appointed agency, is the official timing company of the 10km, 25km & 50km 947 Ride Joburg MTB.

It is compulsory for every cyclist participating in 10km, 25km & 50km to wear a valid SAS board linked to their personal profile, with the batch and event stickers provided affixed to the board. SAS boards may be purchased online during the entry process. You may not ride with someone else’s SAS board.

We will send out the MTB seeding mailers for all entrants at the end of October 2023.  In this email, you’ll find everything you need to know to get you to the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg MTB start line.

You need to have your bicycle, helmet (remember no helmet, no ride), your SAS board with the batch sticker (which can also be collected at registration). 

Participants with existing SASeeding Number Boards will have the opportunity to validate their number against their name online before the race / on race day. It is the sole responsibility of the rider to ride with the correct number.

Prizemoney is awarded for top finishers in the following 50km MTB categories.
Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in the following 25km MTB categories.

Click here for quick access to a Google accommodation search near Steyn City

No camping will be allowed at the venue

Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg Kids – Sat 11 Nov 2023 at Steyn City

We will communicate start times and number collection details later in the year.

Only one adult may accompany each child in the Birds (2-4 Years) category, the adult must wear the corresponding race number which will be issued at registration.

All categories are non-competitive events, prizes are not awarded to place positions.

Refund & Cancellation Policies

No refund shall be given in the event that a participant cancels their entry into the event. (Kids ride included)

No entry fee shall be refunded to a participant for a cancellation of the Event due to acts of God (so called Force Majeure), which acts shall include but not be limited to adverse weather conditions, riots, strikes, political unrest and/or any other occurrence not within the control of the event organiser.

Expo

Embodied in the biggest annual celebration of cycling is the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg Lifestyle Expo – one of the most sought-after cycling and health-related exhibitions in the country. All entrants are required to collect their Race Packs from Number Collection, which runs concurrently with the Expo at FNB Stadium, 16 – 18 November 2023.

Expo dates and times are as follows (subject to change):

  • Thursday, 16 November, from 09h00 until 18h00
  • Friday, 17 November, from 09h00 until 19h00
  • Saturday, 18 November, from 09h00 until 15h00

For more information on the different stand options and if you’d like to showcase your brand and become an exhibitor, please contact the 947 Ride Joburg Lifestyle Expo Team to request the rate card and layout: expo@ridejoburg.co.za

VENUE, ROUTE AND RACE DAY

As a participant, you will not be able to use the closed roads on the route to get to the start or the parking areas. Full road closure info and maps will be published, familiarise yourself with the map to navigate around the road closures.

There are six colour-coded parking areas within the FNB Stadium / NASREC precinct. These parking areas will be secured. Please note the colour of the parking area, so that you can identify where your car is.

Allow at least an hour to get from your parking spot to the start zone. Also, look out for directional information and signage in the parking areas. Use them as a landmark for where you parked.

There will be JMPD officers and Outsurance Traffic Free Flow pointsmen on all intersections leading into the venue to assist with traffic control. Security guards will patrol all parking areas from 04:h00 until 16:h00, so please park in the recommended parking areas only. You will be directed to a parking area by marshals. Please follow their instructions.

There will be beverage and food vendors at the venue.

There are eight water points along the route, stocked with ice-cold water, Powerade and Coke. It’s always good practice to ensure you have plenty to drink. Please arrive with two full bottles, which you can refill at any of the water points.

When approaching the water points, please refit your buff or mask and only touch the items you will keep with you.