Live music set to shake up the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience

Seen here (left to right):  Brother Brother (photo by:  Chris Joubert Photography) and Stone Jets (photo by: 

Laura McCullagh).

Celebrating its 6th anniversary in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 November 2018, South Africa’s premier 2-day MTB Experience, the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience will boast live performances by two prominent South African bands:  BrotherBrother (on Saturday) and Stone Jets (on Sunday).

Consisting of brothers Theunis (guitar, vocals and bass) and Roelof (vocals and guitar) van der Merwe and friend (turned brother), Paul Avenant (percussion, vocals and Cajon), BrotherBrother has started carving a big name for itself in the South African Music Industry.

“Theunis and I have been making music together from a very young age, but it was only after the addition of Paul that the band became a more permanent feature and we had to think of a name.  BrotherBrother seemed suitable,” confirms Roelof.  “Although we play a variety of music, our style is heavily folk influenced.  This will be the first time that we perform for a group of mountain bikers.  We are really looking forward to it.  We put a unique twist on well-known songs and love to keep things natural.  So there will be no electronic sounds, just pure acoustic instruments and perfectly harmonized vocals.  After a long ride, come sit back take it easy and let us make your weekend better with great music and a lekker vibe.”

Also making their “mountain biking performance” debut at the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience, Stone Jets consists of Manfred Klose (guitar), Eduan Joubert (drums) and Given Nkanyane (vocals and bass).

“When deciding on a name for the band, we were looking for something that would constantly remind us of who and what we are and where we come from,” confirms Nkanyane.   “We are, essentially, a group of musicians who want to reach the highest heights like jets but still be humble and grounded like stones.  We perform toe-tapping pop music that is wrapped in soul and traditional elements.  Entrants (mountain bikers and trail runners) and spectators alike can look forward to a day filled with music that is sure to evoke strong emotions!”


Date:    Saturday, 24 November 2018 

Venue: Coetzenburg Sports Fields (Stellenbosch)
Event: Stage One / Origin Of Trails MTB Experience
Start Time: 07:00 – Long Route / +- 55km
  07:40 – Short Route / +- 30km
  08:20 – Fun Ride / +- 10km

Date:  Sunday, 25 November 2018 

Venue: Coetzenburg Sports Fields (Stellenbosch)
Event: Origin Of Trails Trail Run
  12km – 15km (Long) / R150
  5km (Short) / R100
Start Time: 06:45
Event: Stage Two / Origin Of Trails MTB Experience
Start Time: 07:00 – Long Route / +- 55km
  07:40 – Short Route / +- 30km

EXCITING NEWS:  The 2018 Origin Of Trails MTB Experience, in association with Specialized Bicycles Africa, will boast a Turbo E-bike category.  Please Note:  This category will start in its own batch.

SPECIALIZED BIKE up for grabs:  One lucky Origin Of Trails MTB Experience rider will take home an awesome Specialized Stumpjumper FSR ST to the value of R30 000 the weekend of Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 November 2018 compliments of the event’s bicycle partner.  We will post a riddle to social media.  If correctly solved, riders will know where to take a photograph on route during Day 1.  These photographs need to be shared to Instagram.  Don’t forget to tag @specializedza.  The winner will be announced during prize giving after Day Two.

WIN with Aramex SA:  Aramex SA, the courier partner of the 2018 event, will give away a prize to the whopping value of R5000.  To stand a chance to win, Origin Of Trails MTB Experience long and short route riders will receive an armband with perforated bike number when they collect their race packs from the Coetzenburg Sports Field (opposite the netball courts) on Friday, 23 November 2018 (between 12:00 – 18:00) and on Saturday, 24 November 2018 (between 05h30 – 06h00).  The perforated bike number needs to be placed in the Aramex box that will be stationed somewhere on the Stage One route.  Keep a look out!

FALKE Foot ZoneAll entrants (runners and mountain bikers) are invited to visit the Falke Foot Zone once they’ve crossed the finish line for a free Falke leg and foot massage.  All riders taking on the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience long and short route will receive a pair of Falke socks in their race packs.

Best Dressed CompetitionOne lucky rider will win his/her weight in beer with Flying Fish Chill Lite.  All that you need to do is “dress to impress” on Saturday, 24 November 2018.  The rider with the most memorable outfit will be announced during Prize Giving on Sunday, 25 November 2018. 

CHARITY SUPPORTThe Origin Of Trails proudly supports Aitsa and the Stellenbosch Trail Building Fund.  The Fund is committed to continuously developing the trails in Stellenbosch, further sealing the town’s reputation as a global mountain biking destination.

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For more information or to enter the Origin Of Trails Trail Run and/or Origin Of Trails MTB Experience please visit, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email

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