Experience MTB heaven at the 2021 Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience!

Seen here:  Mountain bikers enjoying a previous year’s Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience routes.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Mountain bikers can look forward to experiencing heaven on a mountain bike at the 8th annual Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience that will take place in the picturesque City of Oaks (Stellenbosch) on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November 2021.

An individual 2-day MTB Stage Race, the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience routes highlight the beauty and splendour of Stellenbosch. Mountain bikers can look forward to experiencing a vast network of world-class and exclusive trails while celebrating the origin of SA mountain biking. 

“Affectionately dubbed the ‘MTB Party of the year’, mountain bikers will be treated to an on-route party from start to finish,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Event. “Both Days will start and finish at the Stellenbosch High School. Stage 1 of the Marathon will treat entrants to long, single-track climbs, fun filled technical descents and open road flat sections. Look forward to experiencing the iconic Jonkershoek Trails and yes Irish – the long and winding climb at the Jonkershoek entrance – will be in the mix.  Your reward will be stunning views of the Jonkershoek Valley. Farms that will be traversed will include Lanzerac, Rudera Wines, Old Nectar Gardens, Ride In and Rivierbosch.  Half Marathon riders will experience sections of this route before heading back to the finish.”  

“Stage 2 of the Marathon will start with an undulated climb, followed by kilometers of smooth winding single- track,” continues Meyer. “The beautiful Banhoek Valley is iconic to this stage, while the Klein Bethlehem single tracks are out of this world. Look forward to experiencing the biggest berms you will find in the Stellenbosch area. Farms that will form part of this route includes DeMorgenzon, Bartinney Wines, Zeven Rivieren, Klein Bethlehem, Zorgvliet, Summercourt, Thelema and Tokara. Again the Half Marathon Route will incorporate sections of this route, riders are definitely in for a treat.”

In closing Meyer adds: “The Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience will treat riders to the best trails on offer in Stellenbosch. Remember that temperatures can soar in Stellenbosch around this time of the year. Although the water points will be fully stocked, we encourage riders to also carry enough water with them. We cannot wait to welcome riders to the 2021 on-route ‘MTB Party of the year’!”  

EVENT INFORMATION:  Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience 

Date:Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November 2021
Festival Village:Stellenbosch High School
Format:Two-Day Stage Race for individual entrants
Categories, Distances & Entry Fee:Full Marathon Age:  18+
 Entry Fee:  R1600.00
 Distance Day 1:  +-45km
 Distance Day 2:  +-40km
 Half Marathon Age:  18+
 Entry Fee:  R1400.00
 Distance Day 1:  +-27km
 Distance Day 2:  +-22km

The entry fee includes:

  • Finisher Technical Rider Tee
  • Finisher Medal
  • Race Number
  • Trail Access Fees
  • Spectacular on route experience
  • Access to world class routes that are usually not open to the public
  • A light breakfast pack with coffee on both days
  • A scrumptious lunch pack on both days
  • Complimentary drinks and refreshments
  • Well stocked water points (on route and in the race village)
  • Entertainment (on route and in the race village)
  • An impressive selection of gifts from our sponsors including Beet It Sport, Savanna and THIRSTI.

CHARITY SUPPORT:  The Savanna Origin of Trails proudly supports the Stellenbosch Trail Fund.  

PLEASE NOTE:  The event organisers will at all times adhere to Government Regulations regarding COVID-19.

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 For more information or to enter the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience please email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.