The normally chilled, quiet Eastern Cape town of Jeffrey’s Bay is gearing to rock this week as hundreds of bikers stream into the area for the first of five Bike Fest events being held around the country.
Run in partnership with Kouga Municipality the family-friendly biker event will see many top music acts taking to the Main Stage along with a host of new events and experiences for the 2020 season – and it all kicks off on Friday.
For some extreme two-wheeled action, Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest has all the wildest stunts, tricks and edge-of-your-seat moves performed by the most daring of South Africa’s bikers.
Catch two national biking heroes in the captivating Le Riche Brother Stunt Riders show (12 pm and 4 pm daily) where extreme precision and high-pressure make for some world-class biking stunts. Then it’s time to roll out the red carpet for Alfred ‘King Donut’ Matamela (10 am and 2 pm daily), a master biker who evolved from Limpopo cattle herder to Brand Ambassador for Yamaha.
And it’s also open to the crowd as bikers get the chance to burn some rubber and smoke the crowd at the Burnout Pit (10 am to 7 pm daily).
For bikers wanting to use the Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest as a platform to explore the area and surrounds, there is an established J Bay Explorer Bike Route, which is the official route guide listing all the hottest places within 60 km of the Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest location. Bikers attending the festival will benefit from a number of specially-discounted products, as well as original products created specifically for Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest attendees.
The honourable mayor, Horatio Hendricks, of Kouga Municipality, will ride alongside renowned biker and local event organiser, Dean Gilbert, to lead the Mayoral Mass Parade, which sets off from the parking lot of Neptune Terrace on Sunday, March 1 at 10 am.
To set things in motion, the talented young musicians of the Brigade Brass Band will lead the Mayoral Mass Parade which will consist of a cross-section of South African biking clubs flying their flags and following the 22,6 km route, ending at Jeffrey’s Bay Caravan Park. This inspired biking parade will also serve as a fundraising initiative for the Benevolent Fund.
It’s all about the fun at this year’s Power Play where attendees will get the chance to showcase their biking talents and physical prowess with Wheely Machine contests (10 am to 7 pm daily), Dyno Machine contests (10 am to 7 pm daily) and the age-old Arm-Wrestling Power Table. Then biking clubs can go head-to-head (or wheel-to-wheel) in the Club Tug ‘o War zone (10 am to 5 pm daily), with some simulated racing action on the cards with Virtual Reality Bike Racing (10 am to 5 pm daily).
Throughout the Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest, South Africa’s best musicians will keep attendees rocking at the Bike Rocker Stage. Top-class musicians will feature on this programme, including award-winning South African rock band, WONDERboom (Saturday, February 29 at 1.15pm); the big-haired drumming/singing dynamo rock sensation, Ghapi (Sunday, March 1 at 11.15 am); and the guru of Afrikaans rock music, Koos Kombuis (Saturday, February 29 at 7.15pm)…among many others!
Some other Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ highlights include:
- Biker bars, beach bars and Ducati Food Village
- Jeffrey’s Bay Bike Fest™ Talent Search Competition – Friday, 28 February between 12pm and 7pm at the Bike Rocker Main Beach Stage – with a cash prize of R15 000 (pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Bike Rocker Stage featuring the Bike Fest SA™ Fashion Show & Battle of the Bands
- Street Vibes featuring Street Dancing, Busker Alley, Marching Brass Bands and Scottish Pipe Bands
- Custom Bike Show
Get ready to rock and ride at this premier biking festival! Check out www.bikefestsa.co.za to book your tickets and accommodation now, or visit the ‘Bike Fest SA’ Facebook and Instagram pages for all the latest updates.