BUCO 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.

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

Date:  25 & 26 November 2017
Venue: START DAY1: STELLENBOSCH

FINISH DAY1: STELLENBOSCH

START DAY2: STELLENBOSCH

FINISH DAY2: STELLENBOSCH

Format:  Individual 2-Day MTB Stage Race
Pre-Entries Open:    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

Pre-Entries Close:  Midnight 17th November 2017
Daily Start Time  7am – Seeded/ Batched Starts
Accommodation  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).

2016 Route Overviews as a Reference:

    1. 2016 Stage 1 – 65km – 1650m vertical  17,5km single track
    2. 2016 Stage 2 – 60km – 1580m vertical  20,9km single track
    3. 2016 Stage 1 – 35km – 810 vertical 8,9km single track
    4. 2016 Stage 2 – 30km – 890 vertical 8,6km single track 

There will be two distances but 3 entry options:

Short Route Options:

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.