Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails

Stellenbosch is a mountain biker’s paradise with a network of trails that can keep riders entertained for days. So it makes perfect sense to host a two-day stage race in a town that is synonymous with cycling and world class trails.

The Pennypinchers Origin of Trails makes use of the existing network, while also adding in its own unique flourishes with specially built and event-only exclusive trails. The town itself is the race village, with participants encouraged to spend a weekend enjoying the pleasures of “Eikestad”. With world class restaurants, quaint coffee shops and numerous “watering holes”, it’s an ideal place to unwind after a morning on the bike.

Starting in Church Street in the heart the stunning 336-year-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. 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 Pennypinchers 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.

EVENT FAST FACTS

Date:  3-4 December 2016
Venue:  Stellenbosch
Format:  Individual 2-Day MTB Stage Race
Pre-Entries Open:    15 April 2016
Pre-Entries Close:  25 November 2016 at 17h00
Daily Start Time  7am – Seeded/ Batched Starts – Starting with +/-65km.
Accommodation  Book into the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport – Kezia Spicer @ 021 861 7800 or email,  kezia@sastraining.co.za

 

 

The Pennypinchers 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! 

The singletrack and access to trails which you would not usually be able to gain access to is what makes this event so special, along with the kms and kms of singletrack which is built of the funds generated through this event.

ROUTES ARE FINALISED CLOSER TO THE TIME, BUT THE LONG ROUTE IS RATED FOR A RIDER EXPERIENCE LEVEL OF BETWEEN 3-5 (5 BEING VERY EXPERIENCED), THE SHORTER ROUTE OPTION IS FOR A RIDER EXPERIENCE LEVEL OF BETWEEN 2-5 (5 BEING VERY EXPERIENCED).

 

    1. Stage 1 – 65km – 1650m vertical  17,5km single track
    2. Stage 2 – 60km – 1580m vertical  20,9km single track
    3. Stage 1 – 35km – 810 vertical 8,9km single track
    4. Stage 2 – 30km – 890 vertical 8,6km single track