Virgin Active back in the saddle for the 2023 Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg

Virgin Active South Africa’s second year as title sponsor of the iconic  Ride Joburg cycling event solidifies the gym group’s commitment to exercise and wellness for every South African. The multi-year collaboration with the organiser, Faces Africa, includes a mountain biking and children’s ride component, as well as the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg road race.

This partnership extends an array of benefits to entrants all aimed at helping them as they prepare for the race. From securing safe weekend outride opportunities through Virgin Active Train Joburg rides, Virgin Active’s exclusive indoor cycling classes that simulate the route profile, , nutritional support, and cross-training opportunities like strength training and yoga to help with endurance, Virgin Active is providing an array of support for the riders.

“The Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg is more than just a cycling event—it’s a celebration of Johannesburg’s spirit and brings together thousands of South Africans, as they cycle past Jozi’s most iconic landmarks,” says Leandre Kark, Head of Brand Marketing at Virgin Active South Africa. “We are committed to fostering wellness, whether in our gyms or in the magnificent outdoor landscapes that South Africa has to offer. “

The Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg features the highly popular 97-kilometer road race, drawing some of the world’s top cyclists and globally impressive participant numbers.

The event also encompasses subsidiary activities, including the 35-kilometer short route designed for less experienced riders, making the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg community more accessible. The event also hosts three mountain biking races at Steyn City, along with the kids’ race the weekend before, scheduled for the 11th and 12th of November.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Virgin Active as the title sponsor for the second edition of the Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg,” adds Clark Gardner, Group CEO of Faces Africa. “Their support has played an instrumental role in elevating this already outstanding event. Together, we’ll continue to focus on benefiting the riders, and support riders who are eager to elevate or maintain their relationship with health and wellness.”

In addition to the various training opportunities, Virgin Active members will enjoy privileges such as access to preferential start groups and exclusive hospitality areas during the event. Virgin Active clubs serve as ideal meeting points for group rides, fostering a vibrant community centered around Virgin Active 947 Ride Joburg.