Dakar Rally start trades four wheels for two

Renowned for winning the 2009 Dakar Rally, Stellenbosch based racing and rally driver, Giniel De Villiers has added the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails two- day mountain bike stage race to his Dakar racing fitness regime. Seen here:  Giniel De Villiers in action during the 2014 FNB W2W MTB Race.  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Renowned for winning the 2009 Dakar Rally, Stellenbosch based racing and rally driver, Giniel De Villiers has added the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails two- day mountain bike stage race to his Dakar racing fitness regime. Seen here: Giniel De Villiers in action during the 2014 FNB W2W MTB Race. Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Stellenbosch – Renowned for winning the 2009 Dakar Rally, Stellenbosch based racing and rally driver, Giniel De Villiers has added the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails two- day mountain bike stage race to his Dakar racing fitness regime.

According to De Villiers mountain-biking helps him keep fit for the Dakar Rally. “Keeping fit for the Dakar Rally is very important. It’s more physically demanding than people realize. As with any sport, if you want to do well you have to keep fit. I also love riding my Specialized Epic bicycle. The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails has great trails and it’s in my backyard. I’d recommend it to other riders because of its great trails and beautiful scenery. It’s an all-round good weekend.”

EVENT INFORMATION: Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails

Stage One: Friday, 27 November 2015           

Long Course: +-60km / Elevation 1750 and single track length 23.4km
Short Course: +- 31km / Elevation 850km
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 60km race
Start Venue: Hofmeyer Hall, Church Street, Stellenbosch
Finish Venue: Blaauwklippen, Stellenbosch

Stage Two: Saturday, 28 November 2015    

Long Course: +-65km / Elevation 1700m and single track 17.1km
Short Course: +- 34km / Elevation 1000m
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 65km race
Start Venue: Hofmeyer Hall, Church Street, Stellenbosch
Finish Venue: Blaauwklippen, Stellenbosch

ENTRY FEES:

Option 1: Long (60km and 65km) R1050.00
Option 2: Medium (60km and 34km) R950.00
Option 3: Short (31km and 34km) R850.00

Win a Specialized Bicycle: One lucky Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails entrant will go home with a 2016 Specialized 6 Fattie (Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6 Fattie for men or a Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 6 Fattie for women). The winner will have to be present during prize giving on the Saturday to claim his/her prize.

The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails supports the Aitsa Aftercare Centre. Each rider will receive homemade placemats and a handcrafted gift compliments of the Aitsa Aftercare Centre. The children will also show their support on route by singing, blowing vuvuzelas and serving locally made koeksisters and/or vetkoek at the water point in Kylemore.

Live entertainment will set the mood at the finishing venue. Family and friends are invited to enjoy the special vibe!

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For more information on the Aitsa Aftercare Centre visit http://aitsa.org/ For more information on the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 086 138 3591, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.