Exciting mountain biking on the cards at Penny Pinchers Origin of Trails

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Stellenbosch – Mountain biking enthusiasts taking part in the 2015 Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails on Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 November 2015 can look forward to an experience like no other.

 

According to Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports, since the event’s inception in 2013 the emphasis of this exciting mountain bike event has always been on the route.  “Our goal has always been to combine a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity, while raising funds to further trail building in Stellenbosch.  The 2015 event will be no different.  A portion of every entry fee will go directly towards trail building and local organizations aligned around these trails.”

“Riders are in for a treat,” says Hendrico Burger, Technical Route Designer.  “Each stage features a few iconic sections.  Stage One will see riders experiencing both old and new trails in Jonkershoek.  There are new trails between Eden and Mont Marie.  The Banhoek trails have received further love and care, making them even nicer to ride during Stage Two.  Highlights include the new single trails in Boschendal and also a new contour single track that replaces the climb after the culvert on the return leg.  Although an end of year MTB celebration, the long stages are proper MTB routes with lots of single tracks.  My advice to participants is to ride some of the public trails in Jonkershoek and even G-Spot before the event.   Most importantly, enjoy the ride.”

EVENT INFORMATION:

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 & Finish Venue: Stellenbosch

   Brief Description:  Starting in Church Street, riders will head towards a rejuvenated Jonkershoek.  Although its location is still a secret, the new descent that was specially designed for Origin Of Trails is sure to impress.  Some existing trails have undergone make overs resulting in ample single track and fun.  Heading back to Stellenbosch, the route will go through the established water hole of Ride In, before the Coetzenburg cross over to the next sector in Blaauwklippen.  A new route takes everyone on a scenic pastureland, avoiding the 2014 rocky climb.  This year Blaauwklippen is a hive of activity, with a lot of attention on route building in the area.  Crossing Eden Forest, riders will experience a new 3km descent into Mont Marie, before entering Dornier.  The return into Eden is more level, before the last descent starts.

While the long course riders proceed into Jonkershoek, the short course riders will turn right into Ride In and after the first single track tackle the climb into the cross over to Blaauwklippen. To prevent bottlenecks, short course riders will do the second section of the long course route.

 Stage TwoSaturday, 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 & Finish Venue: Stellenbosch

Brief Description:  Leaving Church Street riders will head in the direction of Botmaskop, the first change in this area is the new trails that will make the crossing towards Banhoek a better experience than before, while creating a better approach to Bartinney’s Skyfall.  The route reverts back to the easier and more scenic river dual tracks on route to Madala`s No 1, one of the signature signal tracks in the Banhoek Valley, heading down into Klein Bethlehem.  The biggest change to the route will lead riders through the valley and onto Boschendal’s new single tracks.  A prospector’s road drops into pristine virgin track, an unknown gem for many until now.  The return is via Vuurberg’s lesser known tracks and onto Hillcrest Berry Farm before the steady climb exits the valley.  After crossing under the Helshoogte Pass through the culvert, riders will be pleased to see that the crazy climb of 2014 has been replaced by a contour single track that takes riders back in the direction of Stellenbosch via the bottom part of the Old Downhill Track. This landmark has been given a facelift.  Expect new winding trails on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, before heading to the new finish location via Coetzenburg.  Short course riders will visit the spectacular Jonkershoek trails on Day Two.

ENTRY FEES:    

Option 1:  Long (65km and 65km) R1050.00
Option 2:  Medium (65km and 40km) R950.00
Option 3:  Short (40km and 40km) R850.00

      The entry fee includes the following:

  1. Entrant T-Shirt
  2. Fedhealth Massage
  3. A scrumptious ProNutro Breakfast Zone
  4. Lunch on both days
  5. A finishers medal
  6. A gift compliments of Pennypinchers

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.