If you’ve always threatened to take part in the 947 Cycle Challenge but have been intimidated by the distance… then this year is your opportunity!

As I’m sure you would have seen by now, Discovery is the new sponsor of the 947 Cycle Challenge which will now be known as the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg! Apart from a name change, this years’ race sees a number of other changes including a shorter route for those who haven’t attempted the race before but want to participate. Other changes include:

The route remains the ‘reversed’ route which was attempted for the first time last year

The Mountain Bike races (25km and 55km) will start and end at Steyn City

The kiddies race is to be held at Steyn City this year with various distances depending on age group.

One thing that does remain the same is that you can enter and RIDE FOR A PURPOSE! If you would like to ride in aid of Rare Diseases South Africa, you can participate in either the main Discovery 947 Ride Joburg or the 40km Fun Ride. Whilst we can guarantee an earlier start time in the main event, the 40km ride won’t secure an earlier start time for charities but riders will all start in the same batch (they are still finalising seeding protocols). Event details are as follows:


Date: Sunday 17 November 2019

Start: Riversands Commercial Park

Finish: Riversands Commercial Park

Cost: R540 incl. VAT

This years’ race follows the reversed route which was attempted for the first time in 2018. Whist we received mixed reviews on the route, many preferred it to the traditional route. Regardless, the vibe along the route and the post-race hospitality is worth pedalling for! Enter to ride as part of team RARE ACTIVists and use your mobility for the benefit of those without.

To Enter the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg, click here:


Date: Sunday 17 November 2019

Start: Atholl Oaklands

Finish: Riversands Commercial Park

Cost: R440 incl. VAT

The Short Ride will start at Atholl Oaklands from 09h30* and join the main route onto the M1 South, continuing along the remaining Ride Joburg route through the Kyalami Grand prix Circuit, finishing at Riversands Commercial Park. Shuttles will be available to transport finishers at staggered intervals back to the short route start. (*subject to change)

To enter the 40km Fun Ride, click here:


Every Rare ACTIVist participating in the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg or 40km Fun Ride will be required to raise R1500 over and above the race entry fee for Rare Diseases South Africa.

A reminder of what you will receive as a member of the #RareACTIVist team:

An earlier start time (for the 947km race)

Team JerseyGoodie Bag

Pre and Post race hospitality (including soft serve and ‘adult’ slush machines at the finish 🙂

Two dedicated water points on the route

An invitation to our pre race pasta party & early race pack collection

The opportunity to use your mobility for the benefit of those without it

You can pay upfront on our online store (, or fundraise up until closer to race day. To those who plan on fundraising up until the fundraising deadline, a reminder to please pay the R150 commitment fee on our online shop in the interim 🙂


If you have already signed up and paid via the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg website you can simply complete our online form on our website so we can obtain your details and we will manually add you to our team 🙂 Please follow the link to complete the form:

If you still need to sign up for the race:

You can sign up for our team when you complete your entry on by selecting Rare ACTIVists as your charity bond OR,

Please complete on our online sign up form on our website ( and pay for your entry via our online store and we can complete your entry on your behalf.

If you had already entered before the race changes took place, your entry is still secure!


Whilst you can’t select a charity for the MTB and kiddies rides online via the race entry portal, we do still welcome cyclists riding for Rare Diseases. If you or your children are entered for these races, please complete the form at so that we know you will be riding and by Fundraising R500 you will receive:

Team JerseyGoodie Bag

An invitation to our pre race pasta party & early race pack collection

The opportunity to use your mobility for the benefit of those without it

If you have any queries or would like more information on joining team RARE ACTIVists and riding in aid of Rare Diseases SA please email

Please also visit our Facebook Page ( for regular updates and information on team rides and activations.

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