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.
Since it’s first year in 2013, the BUCO 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. 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 BUCO 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
25 & 26 November 2017
START DAY1: STELLENBOSCH
FINISH DAY1: STELLENBOSCH
START DAY2: STELLENBOSCH
FINISH DAY2: STELLENBOSCH
Individual 2-Day MTB Stage Race
1 April 2017 – 31st Aug 2017 – Early Bird Entry Fees Apply
31 Aug 2017 – 17th Nov 2017 – Late Entry Fees Apply
No Entries will be accepted after midnight on the 18 Nov 2017
Midnight 17th November 2017
Daily Start Time
7am – Seeded/ Batched Starts
Book into the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. You can contact them on 021 861 7800
The BUCO 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 FINALIZED 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).
Day1&2: 25km Stage1 and 25km Stage2 Untimed Event – Only Youth, Juniors and Under 23’s are timed. The top 3 male and female Youth, Juniors and under 23’s will each be called up for prize-giving.
Medium Route Options:
Day1&2: 25km Stage1 and 55km Stage2 Timed Event – All age groups are timed, but only top 3 overall will be called up for prize-giving.
Long Route Options:
Day1&2: 55km Stage1 and 55km Stage2 Timed Event – Overall Top 3 men and ladies will be called on stage for prize-giving only; Elite registered athletes are not timed and ride only with a special name board/ number board.
Breakfast at the ProNutro Breakfast Zone (Sat & Sun)
Light Lunch (Sat & Sun)
Wine Tastings at Registration, at the Waterpoints and at the end of each day.
Loads of Lucky Draw Prizes
Live Entertainment on both days
Trail Access Fees
An Entrant Garment
A Finisher gift
An amazing MTB experience like no-other
Fully stocked water-points
THIS IS A FUN EVENT AIMED AT CELEBRATING THE NEW AND EXISTING TRAIL NETWORK IN STELLENBOSCH. Fun prizes will only be awarded to top 3 men and woman in each event. There is no prize money for this event.