BUCO Origin Of Trails proudly supports Aitsa

Seen here:  Zandre Swarts enjoying being outdoors on his bicycle.

Stellenbosch (Western Cape) – By taking part in the 2017 BUCO Origin Of Trails Two-Day MTB Stage Race on Saturday, 25 November 2017 and Sunday, 26 November 2017, riders will make a difference in the lives of the children of the Aitsa After Care Centre.

“The Aitsa After Care Centre opened its doors in January 2014,” says Marietjie Steyn, Aitsa After Care Centre Founder and Manager.  “The Centre strives to expose children to fun activities and programs in an alternative home environment where they feel loved and special.  We currently have 145 children between the ages of 5 and 9.  All the children reside in the Dwarsriver Valley, Kylemore in the Banhoek Valley and surrounding farms.  We offer meals, sport, chess, choir, drama, e-learning, mathematics, reading programs, homework assistance, counselling, parent support groups and life skills training to name just a few.”

“It is a privilege to be part of the BUCO Origin Of Trails,” says Steyn.  “We believe that mountain biking positively influences children.  The children are granted the opportunity to be:  active, outdoors in nature and have fun.  The BUCO Origin of Trails ticks all these boxes.  We’ve started a MTB initiative where riders can give back by joining our children on weekly pump-track training sessions.  Through this the children are also exposed to the sport of mountain biking.  In 2016 our children loved being at the water points where they supported riders by either singing or handing them treats.  This year will be no different.  The children will also take part in a BUCO Origin of Trails art competition, where their art will be used as placemats at the event.”

Riders wanting to support the Aitsa After Care Centre can do so by either donating their second hand bicycles, kids cycling clothes, gloves and gear or by donating their time on the trails with the children.  The donations can be left in the Aitsa After Care Centre bin at registration.

For more information on the Aitsa After Care Centre visit www.aitsa.org


The BUCO Origin Of Trails highlights the beauty and splendor of the City Of Oaks.  An individual two day stage mountain bike race, mountain bikers can look forward to experiencing a vast network of world class trails.  Entrants will be granted the “once a year” opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-tracks in the pristine setting of the majestic Stellenbosch Winelands.

STAGE ONE:    Saturday, 25 November 2017

Distance: +-55km or +-28km
Start & Finish: Coetzenburg Soccer Field (Stellenbosch)
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with +- 55km race

STAGE TWOSunday, 26 November 2017

Distance: +-58km or +-29km
Start & Finish: Coetzenburg Soccer Field (Stellenbosch)
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with +- 58km race

Riders can look forward to sharing their race stories while enjoying an ice cold Becks Blue ‘guilt free’ in the finish area.

GIVEAWAYOne lucky rider will take home a magnificent Specialized Epic Comp Mountain Bike to the value of R40 000 after completing the 2017 BUCO Origin Of Trails Two-Day MTB Stage Race.

To stand a chance to win riders need to collect a lucky draw ticket from the Specialized stand in the festival village.  Please note, this competition is only open to the 2017 BUCO Origin Of Trails entrants.  The lucky draw will take place during Prize Giving on Sunday.  The winner needs to be present to collect his/her prize.


Option 1:  Long (+-55km and +-58km) R1050.00
Option 2:  Medium (+-55km and +-29km) R950.00
Option 3:  Short (+-28km and +-29km) R850.00

The first 1200 entrants will receive an Under Armour Garment.

Entry fee includes:  Breakfast at the ProNutro Breakfast Zone (Sat & Sun), a light lunch (Sat & Sun), Wine Tastings at Registration and at a Water Point, lucky draw prizes and Live Entertainment.

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For more information or to enter the BUCO Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com

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