The U turns 5 – will we see u there?

High 5!

The U is back and can’t wait to dish out more high-fives than ever before on our fifth edition.

Entries for the boutique stage race (from 24 – 26 September) in the heart of Piket-Bo-Berg open today. But you’d better hurry, this year there are ONLY 200 spots available for the three-day ‘real mountain-biking’ fest on an extensive network of private, handcrafted singletrack trails.

Paired with the awesome riding comes an ALL-INCLUSIVE* premium lifestyle event offering unlike any other, featuring gourmet food, drinks, services and facilities.

You read that right. EVERYTHING is covered by your entry fee and you can leave your wallet at home.

Already convinced to enter? Go on, click here.

This year also sees the inclusion of an eBike category, so those 200 slots are bound to fly faster than you can say, ‘full battery.’

Here is what to expect:

Not that you need them, but here are just some of the highlights you can look forward to:


It’s a festival of singletrack. A celebration even… On an extensive network of dreamy hand-crafted trails in the Piket-Bo-Berg which is normally NOT open to the public.

We’re always in awe of how our trail-builders do it. In some sections, it’s almost impossible to comprehend how the trails were imagined, let alone crafted. Criss-crossing the hills above the race village, the trails weave audaciously over, through, between, and under rocks to create a near-perfect flow on terrain which quite often shouldn’t be rideable.

Make no mistake – it’s no manicured bike park (or walk-in-the-park, for that matter) the trails are physically and technically challenging, but generous in their rewards.

Now, it might be a lifestyle event, but we haven’t forgotten about the racing snakes and the Venturescapes Segment Challenge offers R5000 for both the K&QOM on both Episodes 1 & 2 (R20K in total over the weekend).

We’re not aware of too many other events that can say this (are there any?), but The U is an all-inclusive event. That’s right, all the premium additions in the race village are covered by your entry fee. So (regardless of what accommodation you choose), you can leave your wallet at home.

Based around a picturesque lake-side race village, the three-day event showcases the natural beauty of our mountains, paired with a premium lifestyle offering featuring gourmet food, drinks, services and facilities in an all-inclusive offering. Click here to read more about Venturescapes Events who help create #theUmoments.

Just what do you get for that entry fee?  Thanks to our high-end partners, the best of the best:

  • Baristas serving any hot beverage of your choice
  • Complimentary La Chouffe Beers and Belgian Beer Company beer tastings
  • Hope Gin & Fitch and Leedes sunset cocktails on Friday and Saturday evening (including a Hope Gin and Liefmans Fruitesse beer cocktail)
  • Cadence Nutrition during Episodes 1 & 2
  • Powerful protein punch from Protein2Go.

As much DAY Water as you need (sustainable canned water)


But wait, there is more… We’re so stoked to be able to host you again, that we (again, thanks to the support of our premium partners) are kicking it up a level. Everything below is part of the deal, complimentary… GRATIS:

  • The official custom trail top for The U 2021, designed and manufactured locally by Enjoy.
  • A complimentary recovery massage on Saturday by the EPT team, and full access to the EPT Recovery Lounge on Friday & Sunday to try the latest gadgets in sports recovery
  • Namgear bike washes
  • A Survival Kit & Parting gift
  • Personalised Number board and Medal

What’s more, should the event be cancelled for reasons related to the pandemic, we will refund your entry in full.

*To enter, head over to Entry Ninja now!

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