Synonymous usually with perfect waves and world-class surfing action, Jeffreys Bay will play host to a variety of sports during the JBay Winterfest this July. One of the main featured events is bound to be the Jeffreys Bay Mountain Bike Open on 19 July.

Fox, a world-leader in action sport apparel and equipment is proud to be associated with the event and the first 20 entrants can look forward to a free Fox riding jersey in their goodie bag.

“This year we have decided to offer our support to the MTB Open as it simply sounds like a great event that will take place in the spectacular scenery of JBay and its surrounds whilst providing a challenging and fun race for the entrants,” commented Brode Vosloo of Fox South Africa.

Vosloo believes there is great synergy between the event and Fox’s high performance products. “We’ve always been involved in the sport of mountain biking, consistently developing and innovating technical product that gives the rider the confidence they need in order to improve with each ride. Many of our staff ride and compete in the various disciplines of mountain biking, so not only do we have a professional, but a personal involvement in the sport too,” he said.

The first forty entries will go fast, but those missing that cut will also have access to free Fox gear in the form a various lucky draw giveaways, including, riding jerseys, seat bags and a Flux helmet.

The 2014 JBay MTB Open will feature four routes (a 20km fun ride, 40km, 60km and 85km) all designed by Arthur Joubert. Each shows a classic combination of his skills as mountain-biking enthusiast and construction specialist and riders can expect fast farm roads, cattle tracks and purpose-built singletrack.

The 20km is aimed at youngsters and those doing an MTB race for the first time, while the the 40km is for the adventurous fun rider looking to ride a significant distance. Both routes will be fairly flat and non-technical. The longer routes require good technical proficiency and some training in the legs, with the 60km being aimed at trail riders and the 85km fit racers with marathon experience.

Vosloo believes the event will be loads of fun for everyone who rides. “There will definitely be some challenging sections of the course, but that adds to the fun factor,” he concluded.

The JBay MTB Open will once again start and finish at Fountains Mall. Not only will this ensure a convenient base for competitors and spectator but make for a great post race vibe. For more information and to enter online, visit

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