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This year's Hollard Jozi Urban MTB Adventure (Juma) in partnership with Joburg City Parks and Zoo earned rave reviews from participants.

Here's how one participant in the third edition of this unique event, which took place on 29 May, describes his experience in an email published here (surname omitted) in full:

I rode the 54 km route and I simply cannot believe how FANTASTIC it was.

Some of the organisational highlights include:

  • The ease of parking in the morning.
  • Easy and effective starting pens (no crush and mayhem of so many other races).
  • Awesome attitude, helpfulness and friendliness of the marshals, cheerleaders and even the metro police (if these were Hollard staff, then they deserve the highest praise from their CEO, because they were the best of any event I've ridden).
  • Safety of the road closures.
  • Great vibe and facilities at the finish.
  • No traffic jams getting out of the venue.

Then there was the route … and boy, what a route! So, so, so many stunning sections. It had it all. It was like being in Disneyland and going on the different rides, each with a different thrill. My highlights, in order of best fun factor, were:

  • The storm water drains.
  • The bridges over the 2 main roads.
  • The tunnels (and some of them were REALLY low).
  • The concrete culverts.
  • The golf courses.
  • The river sections.
  • The flowing single tracks.
  • The floating bridge.

What the hell, it was ALL superb, even the never ending climb up the cemetery to the Red Bull water point (10/10 for that water point, what a vibe!).

I ride all of SA's top bike races, like the Argus, 94.7, Amashova and some of the bigger MTB rides like Berg n Bush, but none of them put a smile the size of the one I wore all day Sunday and still have with me today.

I believe the Juma has the potential to become an international attraction as the craziest and most fun Urban MTB you can ride and hope your sponsors, especially Hollard, continue to support you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone involved.

My only 10c worth on improvements for next year: the closure of Beyers at Judith was a big inconvenience for cars and it's not easy to detour around. Maybe one more bridge across Beyers and a single track running down the left of Beyers to Wespark would mean Beyers could stay open?

The only thing left to say is "see you next year!"