For the second year in a succession Fountains Mall will host the JBay MTB Open as part of the JBay Winterfest on 19 July. “Fountains Mall is very excited to be a part of the annual Winterfest and specifically the MTB,” commented Nadine Scheepers, Marketing Manager at the mall. “Being a community Mall it is imperative that we support and participate in events that promote Jeffreys Bay,” Scheepers said.


According to Scheepers the Jbay Winterfest is very important to the JBay community and ecotourism in the region. “The various events takes place in different areas all over town and not only one specific area will reap the benefit of the events. It will definitely have a positive effect on the economy of JBay as a whole,” she said.

The start/finish area of the race will be setup in the parking lot of the mall and it will also be the venue for the prize giving. “There will be loads of activities and events for the family,” Scheepers said, “whether you participate or are just a spectator this is where you would want to be on 19 July.”

In addition to being the host venue for the event, Fountains Mall is also sponsoring cash prizes for winners and podium placers in all four of the event routes. “In order to entice a high calibre of rider we felt the JBay MTB Open needed to offer substantial cash prizes,” commented Scheepers of the R36 000 total prizes on offer, with R5500 for the both the winner of the women’s and men’s 80km. “We feel that with the funds made available this year we should be able to pull some top national riders to our event.”

It won’t only be the winners and podium placers who will be in the money at the event however. Jeffreys Bay Auto Services has sponsored R2000 in prizes for the youngest race finisher in each division, with a top purse of R700 in the 80km.

“This is our way of contributing to our town and youngsters,” commented Wendy Venter from Jeffreys Bay Auto Services. “Our children enjoy MTBing and have competed in a couple of races. We noticed that there are always prizes for top riders but feel that it is important to encourage young riders as well.” Venter believes that it’s not so much about the actual prizes but about the recognition, which she feels will go a long way to encouraging young riders.

“Jeffreys Bay Auto Services has been operating for 19 years and in these years we have seen a lot of changes in our beautiful coastal town. To us the Winterfest is a wonderful concept and asset for JeffreysBay and hope that it grows every year,” she concluded.

More on the JBay MTB Open:

The second edition of the Jeffreys Bay Mountain Bike Open will take place on 19 July 2014 as part of the JBay Winterfest. New routes promise to offer something for riders of all fitness and skill levels.

The 2014 event 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 routes will also take in the newly built tracks of Impala Ranch a brand new bike park outside Jeffreys Bay. For more information and to enter online, visit


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