SA’s ‘MTB Party of the Year’, the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience, will start and finish at Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2022 and mountain bikers are in for a treat!
“The Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience is an individual 2-day MTB Stage Race that is ideal for all mountain biking enthusiasts. It is SA’s ‘MTB Party of the Year’ after all,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the Event. “Entrants can choose between a Full Marathon that caters for mountain bikers that possess a moderate level of fitness and experience, and a Half Marathon that is the perfect event for those riders that are looking to have a fun experience on route.”
Stage One of the Marathon will include five moderate climbs with very little flat sections. Iconic farms to look out for on route will include Lanzerac, Coetzenburg, Stellekaya, Mont Marie, Chaloner Estate, Dornier and Vriesenhof. This stage boasts exciting new trails in Botmaskop, large sections of single track that aren’t accessible during the year, the well-known floating bridge at Mont Marie as well as the iconic G-Spot. Look forward to experiencing surprising features in Stellekaya and Mont Marie. Stage Two will feature open roads and easier single track. Farms that will form part of this stage will include Blaauwklippen, Stellenrust, Annandale, Alto, Ernie Els, Guardian Peak, Audacia and Spier. Memorable sections are sure to be the single track in Alto and Ernie Els, Stellenbosch Airfield and a vast network of new trails at Spier.
Stage One of the Half Marathon will consist of open roads and fun single track. Look forward to experiencing trails at Coetzenburg, Stellekaya, Mont Marie, Dornier and Vriesenhof. The trails at Dornier and the floating bridge at Mont Marie are guaranteed route highlights. This stage is not very technical but does include quite a bit of climbing. Stage Two will predominantly consist of open flat trails through Blaauwklippen, Stellenrust, Audacia, Annandale and Spier. The water point at the Stellenbosch Flying Club will add excitement.
In closing, Meyer adds: “Irrespective of the event entered (Full Marathon or Half Marathon), all Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience routes will highlight the beauty and splendor 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.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2022 Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience
Date: Saturday 19 November 2022 – Sunday 20 November 2022
Start and Finish Venue: Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University
Start Time: 08:00
Event Format: Two-Day Stage Race for individual riders
Categories, Distances & Entry Fee:
Entry Fee: R1600.00
Total Ascent: 1350m
Total Ascent: 700m
Entry Fee: R1400.00
Total Ascent: 600m
Total Ascent: 480m
Tented Village Party Package: includes tented accommodation, weekend meals and drinks, exclusive Pub Ride through Stellenbosch, and access to the MTB Party of the Year function on Saturday evening: R1,300.00 for two nights
Entries Close: Tuesday 15 November 2022 or once full capacity has been reached
The entry fee includes:
• Two pre-event warm up rides (inclusive of a light breakfast, coffee, trail access fees and sponsor giveaways)
• An exclusive First Ascent Rider Jersey delivered to your door if you enter (and pay) by Friday 28 October 2022.
• One lucky rider that enters the event (and pays) by Friday 28 October will stand a chance to win a R10 000 First Ascent apparel voucher.
• A Finisher Tee
• Finisher Medal
• Free massages on Saturday and Sunday
• Access to world class routes that are usually not open to the public
• Spectacular on route experience
• A light breakfast with coffee on both days
• A scrumptious lunch on both days (spit braai on Saturday and a beef sirloin steak braai on Sunday)
• Complimentary drinks and refreshments
• Well stocked water points (on route and in the race village)
• Live entertainment (on route and in the race village)
• Access to a fantastic Chill Area and the Savanna Oasis Bar
• Access to the complimentary Savanna Bike Park & Wash
• Access to hot showers
• Fun sponsor competitions and giveaways
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: A strong supporter of South African comedic talent, Savanna is excited to host a comedy night on Friday (after Race Pack Collection) and Saturday (as part of the Pub Ride) where a leading SA comedian will have mountain bikers and the public in stiches.
DRESS UP COMPETITION: Stage Two of the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience on Sunday 20 November will be Dress Up Day. The two best dressed riders (x1 male and x1 female) will receive R10 000 in cash as well as ten cases of Savanna (each). For more information click here.