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Entries are open for this year's Jozi Urban Mountain Bike Adventure, which will tackle a challenging 54km and an easier-going 22km route through Joburg's urban jungle on 6 Sepember.

Navigating the Braamfontain Spruit
Mountain bikers navigate the Braamfontain Spruit during the 2014 Jozi Urban Mountain Bike Adventure. (Photo:

The second edition of this unique event, organised by Hollard in partnership with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, will see major course improvements based on last year's experience, with Hollard set to invest some R1.5-million in creating a route that takes full advantage of the city's mountain biking potential.

According to the Midrand Reporter, participants can expect an even tougher route this year, but with fewer road crossings, fewer bottlenecks, more water stops, and improvements such as rubberised ramps.

Beginners, younger riders and those who want a more laid-back experience will find the 22km event much less technical, Midrand Reporter reports, while still getting a good introduction to what Johannesburg has to offer the two-wheel explorer.

The route takes in areas such as Melville, Northcliff, Marlboro and Morningside, and starts and finishes at Marks Park in Emmarentia, which will come alive with a variety of family-friendly entertainment on the day.

The idea is to promote a healthy lifestyle while building socially-cohesive communities, and at the same time to garner support and resources to help improve the city's spruit system.

The event will encourage Joburgers to make use of the many beautiful parts of the city, and to reclaim these areas from vagrants, illegal dumpers, alien vegetation and pollution.

Prizes worth over R200 000 in total will be on offer, with entries limited and entry fees set at R399 for the 54km race and R299 for the 22km event. For more information, visit