First Ascent excited to enhance the rider experience at SA’s ‘MTB Party of the Year’!

First Ascent, one of South Africa’s oldest and leading specialist outdoor brands, will treat mountain bikers to fantastic innovations and prizes at the 9th edition of the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience that will take place at Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2022.

“We are committed to enhancing the experience of all entrants,” says Riaan Oosthuizen, General Manager of First Ascent. “This year riders will not only receive an exclusive First Ascent Rider Jersey as part of their entry, but one lucky rider will also stand a chance to win a premium First Ascent cycling kit hamper valued at R3200. Forming part of a social media competition, the prize will include a men’s or ladies Podium Cycling Bib and a men’s or ladies Vent Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey, just in time to get kitted out for event weekend.”

“To add to the excitement, for the first time since the event’s inception, when entering the event online riders can choose the tented Village Party Package,” continues Oosthuizen. “This option includes accommodation in the Festival Village in an individual First Ascent tent, which is great. This option also includes complimentary drinks throughout the weekend, dinner on Friday and Saturday as well as a ticket to the fun-filled Pub Ride through Stellenbosch on the Saturday after the rugby. We are really excited to once again be part of SA’s ‘MTB Party of the Year’. Amidst all the fun activities and activations, I am really looking forward to finishing the race. It’s going to be a challenge, but a lot of fun.”


EVENT INFORMATION2022 Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience

Date: Saturday 19 November 2022 – Sunday 20 November 2022
Start and Finish Venue: Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University
Start Time: 08:00
Event Format: Two-Day Stage Race for individual riders
Categories, Distances & Entry Fee: Full Marathon

Age:  18+

Entry FeeR1600.00
Day 1:

Distance: +-45km

Total Ascent: 1350m

Day 2:

Distance: +-48km

Total Ascent: 700m

Half Marathon

Age:  18+

Entry FeeR1400.00
Day 1:

Distance: +-29km

Total Ascent: 600m

Day 2:

Distance: +-31km

Total Ascent: 480m

Tented Village Party Package: includes tented accommodation, weekend meals and drinks, exclusive Pub Ride through Stellenbosch, and access to the MTB Party of the Year function on Saturday evening. R1,300.00 for two nights
Entries Open: Friday 05 August 2022
Entries Close: Tuesday 15 November 2022 or once full capacity has been reached


The entry fee includes:

  • An exclusive First Ascent Rider Jersey.
  • A Finisher Tee
  • Finisher Medal
  • Free massages on Saturday and Sunday
  • Access to world class routes that are usually not open to the public
  • Spectacular on route experience
  • A light breakfast with coffee on both days
  • A scrumptious lunch on both days (spit braai on Saturday and a beef sirloin steak braai on Sunday)
  • Complimentary drinks and refreshments
  • Well stocked water points (on route and in the race village)
  • Live entertainment (on route and in the race village)
  • Access to a fantastic Chill Area and the Savanna Oasis Bar
  • Access to the complimentary Savanna Bike Park & Wash
  • Access to hot showers
  • Fun sponsor competitions and giveaways


ROUTE INFORMATION: The Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience is an individual 2-day MTB Stage Race that is ideal for all mountain biking enthusiasts. Entrants can choose between a Full Marathon and a Half Marathon. The Full Marathon caters for mountain bikers that possess a moderate level of fitness and experience, while the Half Marathon is the perfect event for mountain bikers that are looking to have a fun experience on route. For a more in-depth route description CLICK HERE


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: A strong supporter of South African comedic talent, Savanna is excited to host a comedy night on Friday (after Race Pack Collection) and Saturday (as part of the Pub Ride) where a leading SA comedian will have mountain bikers and the public in stiches.


DRESS UP COMPETITION: Stage Two of the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience (Sunday 20 November) will be Dress Up Day. The two best dressed riders (x1 male and x1 female) will receive R10 000 in cash as well as ten cases of Savanna (each). For more information CLICK HERE


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