Origin Of Trails’ Long Route Stage 1 boasts 18.5km of spectacular single track

Mountain bikers can look forward to 18.5km of pristine single track heaven during Stage One of the 2018 Origin Of Trails MTB Experience Long Route. 

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Taking place at the Coetzenburg Sports Fields (Stellenbosch) on Saturday, 24 November 2018 the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience Long Route will boast a spectacular +-55km-58km Stage One Route that features an impressive 1550m vertical ascent.

Stage One of the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience Long Route is ideal for mountain bikers that are accustomed to spending time in the saddle,” says Corrie Muller, Origin Of Trails Route Designer.  “It might sound daunting, but the 1550m vertical ascent is needed to ensure that riders have the maximum single track experience.  Although we focused a lot of our attention on eliminating unnecessary climbs, this stage is by no means flat.  From the start there will be a 5.5km climb alongside picturesque vineyards.  The good news is that there will be a short single track descent in the middle.  There will be two long single track sections in Jonkershoek, flat sections next to the Eerste River, a visit to the old aqueduct at Dornier and an endless array of single track that will lead home.”

“This stage boasts 18.5km of pristine single track heaven,” continues Muller.  “Stage One is designed to feature most of the hard climbs at the start, the rest of the route however does feature climbs.  Considering the time of year, weather conditions in Stellenbosch are sure to soar.  Riders with a good sense of humor are sure to have an advantage.  Remember to keep hydrated and do not go out too hard.  If the weather plays along, this stage will be bliss.”

Iconic sections to look out for during Stage One of the Origin Of Trails Long Route will include:

  1. Canaries in Jonkershoek
  2. Mont Marie and its spectacular floating bridge.
  3. G-Spot
  4. The last 2 kilometres will be on the 2018 World Cup XCO Track

To view the 2018 Origin Of Trails Long Route Stage 1 Briefing Video CLICK HERE

EVENT INFORMATIONOrigin Of Trails MTB Experience

Celebrating its 6th anniversary in November, South Africa’s Premier 2-day MTB Experience features a:  Fun Ride (1-day), Long Route (2-days) and Short Route (2-days).  Each Stage highlights the beauty and splendor of the City Of Oaks.  Mountain bikers can look forward to the “once a year opportunity” to experience a vast network of exclusive world class trails.

STAGE ONE:    Saturday, 24 November 2018

Distance: +-55km – +- 58km (Long Route)

+-30km (Short Route)

+-10km (Fun Ride)

Start & Finish: Coetzenburg Sports Fields (Stellenbosch)
Start Time / Long Route: 07:00 in seeded batch starts
Start Time / Short Route: 07:40
Start Time / Fun Ride: 08:20

STAGE TWOSunday, 25 November 2018

Distance: +-58km (Long Route)

+-27km (Short Route)

Start & Finish: Coetzenburg Sports Fields  (Stellenbosch)
Start Time / Long Route: 07:00 in seeded batch starts
Start Time /  Short Route: 07:40

 ENTRY FEES:    

Option 1:  Long (+-55km and +-58km) R1200.00 – Includes: a rider jersey to all paid entrants before 14 September 2018, a peak cap on Day 1 and lunch on both days.
Option 2:  Short (+-30km and +-27km) R1100.00 – Includes: a rider jersey to all paid entrants before 14 September 2018, a peak cap on Day 1 and lunch on both days.
Option 3:  Fun Ride  (+-10km) R150.00 – Includes:  breakfast

 Other exciting offers to look forward to:

  • Bartinney Wine Tastings at Registration and on route
  • Wildekrans Méthode Cap Classique Tasting on route
  • On route fun sponsor activations and competitions
  • Lucky draw prizes
  • Live entertainment (Sat & Sun)

EVENT INFORMATION:    Origin Of Trails Trail Run

Date: Sunday, 25 November 2018
Start & Finish: Coetzenburg Sports Fields (Stellenbosch)
Distance & Entry Fee: 12km – 15km (Long) / R150
5km (Short) / R100

CHARITY SUPPORT – The Origin Of Trails proudly supports 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 MTB Experience please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.

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ON BEHALF OF:                          Stillwater Sports

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