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Savanna Origin of Trails routes set to live up to the reputation of being SA’s MTB Party of the Year

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· By Press Office · 3 comments

The upcoming 10th annual Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience promises to deliver exciting route enhancements that are guaranteed to captivate riders from start to finish in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch on both Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 2023.

“We’re excited to mark a decade of mountain biking excellence at the 2023 Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Event Founder. “This 10th-anniversary celebration will be one for the history books. Stellenbosch’s extensive network of world-class and exclusive trails have and always will be the event’s foundation, however this year we plan to really shake up the vibrant city of Stellenbosch by bringing the ‘MTB Party’ home.”

“The Marathon is ideal for everyday riders that possess good technical skills. To get the most out of this route, you do need to be fit,” advises Meyer.

Stage 1 of the Marathon will consist of a +-50km route that boasts a total ascent of 1250m. The terrain will consist of hard packed open climbs, manicured and flowing trails with a fair number of technical sections to keep riders honest. Iconic sections will include the magnificent views at Lanzerac, the Eerste River trails and G-Spot. New exciting sections include a short single track at Lanzerac and local route builder Kim Lord’s bridges in Dornier.

According to Course Designer, Corrie Muller, the stage isn’t too technical, but it does hold many surprises. “Riders must trust the trail builder and go with the flow. Don’t forget November can be hot, so stop at the water points and hydrate well.”

Stage 2 of the Marathon will feature a +-48km route that has a total ascent of 750 meters. The trails start off technical, but soon evolve into miles of smooth single track.

“This stage has many highlights to look forward to including airplanes at the Stellenbosch airfield, brandy tasting at the Van Ryn Distillery and pizza at The Wine Pod to mention just a few,” confirms Meyer. “Traversing Vredenheim for the first time and getting close to the farm’s lions and other wildlife on your mountain bike is guaranteed to be at the top of the highlights list.”

“Apart from the first descent into the Paradyskloof Plantation, Stage 2 is less technical than Stage 1,” says Muller. “Look forward to experiencing the ‘lesser ridden paths’ of Stellenbosch. You will get to enjoy a lot of beautiful scenery that under normal circumstances is not accessible to the public. Enjoy every minute.”

Stage 1 of the Half Marathon will feature a +-31km route with a total ascent of 680m.

“The Half Marathon is ideal for weekend warriors that don’t prefer technical riding,” confirms Meyer. “You don’t necessarily need to be very fit, but again to get the most out of the event training is recommended. Stage 1 will boast mostly farm roads but with very little flat sections. Iconic sections will include the much-loved floating bridge at Mont Marie and Dornier’s trails.”

“We tried our best to steer clear of the technical stuff, but this is Stellenbosch, so always be on the lookout,” warns Muller. “Kim Lord`s beautifully designed arch bridges in Dornier are sure to be a hit on this stage. My advice to riders is to start within yourself, you will need your climbing legs.”

Stage 2 of the Half Marathon will treat riders to a +-36km route that features a total ascent of 500m. After one early climb and technical descent, look forward to an open flat road and easy single track.

“Half Marathon riders will also be treated to glimpses of airplanes and wildlife, brandy tastings and pizza,” says Meyer.

“You’ll get close to Vredenheim’s wildlife just after the brandy tasting at the Van Ryn’s Distillery. So don’t be brave here,” laughs Muller. “Enjoy the water points on this stage, but don’t underestimate the ride back after Vredenheim. The road is flat but there are sections that are washed out and sandy. You might lose your sense of humor a bit but keep your eyes on the prize as an ice-cold Savanna awaits you on the finish line.”

EVENT INFORMATION2023Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience

Affectionately dubbed ‘SA’s MTB Party of the Year’, the Savanna Origin of Trails is an individual 2-Day MTB Stage Race that highlights the beauty and splendor of Stellenbosch. Mountain bikers will be treated to a vast network of world-class and exclusive trails while celebrating the origin of SA mountain biking.

Date:Saturday 18 November 2023 – Sunday 19 November 2023
Start and Finish Venue:Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University
Start Time:08:00
Event Format:Two-Day Stage Race for individual riders
Categories, Distances & Entry Fee:Full Marathon Age:  18+
 Distance Day 1:  +-50km
 Distance Day 2:  +-48km
 Entry Fee: R2100.00 Additional Tented Accommodation: R1500.00
  
 Half Marathon Age:  18+
 Distance Day 1:  +-31km
 Distance Day 2:  +-36km
 Entry Fee: R1900.00Additional Tented Accommodation: R1500.00
  
Entries Close:Monday 06 November 2023 or once full capacity has been reached

The entry fee includes:

  • Exclusive First Ascent Rider Jersey
  • Finisher Cotton Tee
  • Finisher Medal
  • Spectacular on route experience
  • Access to world class routes that are usually not open to the public.
  • A light breakfast with coffee on both days.
  • A scrumptious lunch 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)

WIN a Giant Stance 2 mountain bike at the Savanna Origin of Trails in 2023: One lucky Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience entrant will go home with a brand-new Giant Stance 2 mountain bike to the value of R31 090.00 on Sunday 19 November 2023. All paid entrants stand a chance to secure this remarkable prize. The process is straightforward – just visit the Giant Bicycles activation in the festival village at Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University over the weekend, follow the simple guidelines, and, of course, be present at the prize-giving ceremony on Sunday in case luck is on your side.

Charity Support: The Savanna Origin of Trails proudly supports the Stellenbosch Trail Fund (STF), a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) entirely funded by donations from local trail users and corporate sponsors. Since 2011, STF’s aim has been to create, improve and maintain hiking, biking and running trails in and around the Greater Stellenbosch

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Hilton.

Oct 25, 2023, 8:31 AM

I'm sure many newcomers and weekend warriors will enjoy this route. It's very similar to last year. The vibe is always great. But man I miss the days of Jonkershoek. And Banhoek, with Skyfall etc. I would venture to say that it's gotten a lot less technical in recent years, which is a pity for more experienced riders. This used to be one of the few opportunities for technical trail riding, outside of events like Eselfontein.
Craig D

Oct 25, 2023, 11:11 AM

Did this years ago and really enjoyed it. Was quite keen to enter again until I saw the price... For the half marathon its almost R30/km. I do understand all the free goods but there should be an option to forego the shirts and lunch.

babse

Oct 25, 2023, 11:53 AM

3 hours ago, Hilton. said:

I'm sure many newcomers and weekend warriors will enjoy this route. It's very similar to last year. The vibe is always great. But man I miss the days of Jonkershoek. And Banhoek, with Skyfall etc. I would venture to say that it's gotten a lot less technical in recent years, which is a pity for more experienced riders. This used to be one of the few opportunities for technical trail riding, outside of events like Eselfontein.

Did it 2016,17 and 18. All years did the jonkers, banhoek and gspot routes. Super hard yet extremely rewarding route...was great fun! I once won 2 amazing prizes too.

 

The current not so technical party vibe race doesnt appeal to me. Price seems okay considering that other race happening this week. 🙃

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