Origin Of Trails MTB

Welcome to SA’s Premier 2-Day Mountain Biking Experience where we celebrate the origin of South African mountain biking  through the network of magnificent trails within Stellenbosch and it’s surroundings. Experience on-route offerings different to the norm whilst having a base at the Race Village filled with festivities and good and wholesome food.

What is unique at the new revamped 2018 Origin of Trails Experience:

  • All entrants in the long and medium events will receive a unique Origin of Trails cycling jersey (Pictured here not the final design)
  • The addition of a fun race over two days of between 8 and 10km. Bring the kids to ride. (no jersey)
  • Event T-Shirts
  • Event finisher caps and much more
  • Quality lunch offering and breakfast zone with a free coffee at the start of each day
  • Full day entertainment (Live Music)
  • Loads of fun competitions
  • The addition of a the Origin of Trails Trail Run

Stellenbosch is a mountain biker’s paradise with a network of trails that can keep riders entertained for days. Since its first year in 2013, the Origin of Trails has made use of the existing trail network in Stellenbosch, whilst also adding in its own unique flourishes with specially built and event-only exclusive trails. Make a weekend of it by enjoying the pleasures Stellenbosch has to offer with world class restaurants, quaint coffee shops and numerous “watering holes”, it’s an ideal place to unwind.

Starting in the stunning centuries old town, riders make their way to the mountains to tackle jeep track, singletrack, steep climbs and pulsating descents – everything you’d want in a two-day stage race with exciting on route and race village experiences. Legendary mountain bike spots like Jonkershoek form part of the route, while access is also granted to farms that are usually off-limits to bikes.

The main benefactor of the Origin of Trails is the Stellenbosch Trail Building Fund which is committed to further developing the trails in Stellenbosch and sealing the town’s reputation as a global mountain biking destination.


Date 24 & 25 November 2018
Venue Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch
Format Individual 2-day MTB Stage Race
Distances Long (50-60km/day)

Medium (25-30km/day)

Fun Ride (8-10k/day)

Entry Fees Long: R1200 (Includes: rider jersey, peak cap, t-shirt, breakfast and lunch on both days)

Medium: R1100 (Includes: rider jersey, peak cap, t-shirt, breakfast and lunch on both days)

Fun ride: R600 (Includes: T-shirt and breakfast and lunch on both days)

Start Time From 07h00 (according to batched starts)
Entries open 7 February 2018
Entries close 18 November 2018 (or when sold out)


Initiatives taken by Origin of Trails to ensure we do not make use of Municipal drinking water from the city grid:
With the severe drought in the Western Cape and strict water restrictions in place we as an event endeavours to stick to the quantity of water allowed per individual per day.
At the Origin of Trails we aim to be water wise and limit the use and wastage of water at the event and have put the following in place.
Each entrant will have to bring their own water bottles filled with water. No free running water will be available at the venue to fill up water bottles. A hydration pack is recommended for the mountain bike ride and trail run.
Ensure you have water available for yourself post the event. 500ml water will be on sale at the bar.
All refreshment points on route will be stocked with coke and water sourced from an alternative source and not taken from the municipal drinking water.
No showers will be available.
No bike wash will be available.
Being water wise includes:
The Origin of Trails is hosted outside of the city on privately owned land.
The limited water at the venue is sourced locally and off the municipal grid
All our suppliers/ sub-contractors will be briefed about our initiatives and will have to comply with our water policy and strictly adhere to not using municipal drinking water.
Origin of Trails makes use of Sale’s Hire as our service provider for portable toilets. All water used in the toilets is grey water and will be disposed of in a responsible manner by the service provider.
Waterless hand sanitisers will be used in the toilets instead of basins to wash hands.
We will educate both participants and spectators regarding our initiatives towards saving water.

The Origin of Trails gives riders of all levels the opportunity to ride this  special event. Riders can choose between 3 different options depending on fitness levels! 

Routes will be announced during the year – keep watching on social media!