10 June 2024.

The J-Bay Wind Farm MTB Classic & Trail Run, scheduled for Saturday, 22 June 2024, has been cancelled following a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak in the Eastern Cape. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development confirmed the outbreak today and has advised livestock farmers across all provinces to restrict the movement of cloven-hoofed animals to prevent further spread.

The event features a unique course through the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, a 3,700-hectare site that hosts livestock among its turbines. Pieter Oosthuizen, Asset Director at Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, emphasized the wind farm’s commitment to supporting the prevention of cross-contamination, prioritizing the health and safety of livestock and local livelihoods.

Recognizing the significant role of agriculture and livestock in the regional economy, the decision was taken, together with the event organizers, to support the farming community’s efforts during this critical time.

All registered participants will receive refunds, and the event is rescheduled for the same weekend in 2025.