Origin of Trails welcomes the Urban Caracal Project as a charity in 2019

Seen here:  A male caracal spotted in Stellenbosch.

Photo Credit: F Cotterill

The organisers of SA’s MTB party of the year, the Origin of Trails MTB Experience and Origin of Trails Trail Run that will take place at the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 01 December 2019, have welcomed the Urban Caracal Project as its 3rd charity in 2019!

“We are proud to support the Urban Caracal Project,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “There is something magical about training in an area when you know that although you don’t see them, you are more than likely being watched by this elusive feline.  Some sports men and women have even had the privilege of sighting these majestic cats while on a training ride or run especially in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.  We would like to encourage all entrants not only to show their support of the Urban Caracal Project, but also to consider the wildlife in the areas in which they train.”

Founded in November 2014, the Urban Caracal Project addresses research shortfalls on urban wildlife in South Africa; provides insights for conservation of species in human-impacted landscapes; helps build scientific capacity locally and helps inform management about the best wildlife-friendly conservation practices.

“We are proud to be an official charity of the Origin of Trails MTB Experience,” says Laurel Serieys, Project Coordinator of the Urban Caracal Project.  “The opportunity will help us to realize two goals:  One, the funding will help us reach an important funding goal: to conduct genetic analysis on the local caracal populations to determine whether inbreeding threatens the Cape Peninsula caracal’s genetic health. Two, by being a charity we also have the opportunity to connect with the local community, and help the community feel more connected with local caracals and have a better understanding of them.  There are three ways in which the public can support our project:  1. Go online to report caracal sightings: urbancaracal.org; 2. If you see caracal roadkill, please call: 079-837-8814; 3. To donate, go to urbancaracal.org/support.  We cannot wait to be part of the Origin of Trails MTB Experience.”

When entering the 2019 Origin of Trails MTB Experience and Origin of Trails Trail Run online, mountain bikers and trail runners can show their support by donating towards the Urban Caracal Project.

Interesting Facts compliments of the Urban Caracal Project:

  • Caracals are common in the Western Cape and are a very adaptable species.
  • They primarily prey on small rodents and birds including guinea fowl, Egyptian geese, and cormorants.
  • The males have very large home ranges, often exceeding 70 km2!
  • While they are mostly active at night, some people have been fortunate to see them during the day.
  • Their adaptability allows them to live close to the city and in agricultural areas. But this means that they are vulnerable to exposure to common rat poisons and are frequently victims of vehicle collision. They are also threatened by disease and poachers.
  • The oldest wild caracal that the Urban Caracal Project found was 16-years old and lived in Stellenbosch!

EVENT INFORMATION:  Origin of Trails MTB Experience & Origin of Trails Trail Run 

Date:    Saturday, 30 November 2019 

Venue: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate
Event: Origin of Trails MTB Experience/ Stage One
Start Time: 07:00 / Marathon (50 – 60km)
  08:10 / Half Marathon (28 – 30km)
  09:00 / Fun Ride (8 – 10km)

 Date:  Sunday, 01 December 2019 

Venue: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate
Event: Origin of Trails Trail Run
Start Time: 06:45 / 12 – 15km
  06:50 / 5km
Event: Origin of Trails MTB Experience / Stage Two
Start Time: 07:00 / Marathon (50 – 60km)
  08:10 / Half Marathon (28 – 30km)


Origin of Trails MTB Experience        

Option 1:  Marathon (50 – 60km per day) R1600.00
Option 2:  Half Marathon (28 – 30km per day) R1400.00
Option 3:  Fun Ride  (8 – 10km) R200.00

 Origin of Trails Trail Run

Option 1: Long 12 – 15km R350.00
Option 2: Short 5km R250.00

Entry fee includes:  This applies to the Marathon and Half Marathon MTB Experience entrants ONLY.

  • Exclusive T-shirt
  • Spectacular on route experience
  • Scrumptious lunch offering on both days
  • A light breakfast with coffee on both days
  • Well stocked water points
  • A finisher Medal

Fun Ride entrants will be rewarded with a medal and an exclusive t-shirt. 

CHARITY SUPPORTThe Origin of Trails proudly supports the:  1. Urban Caracal Project, 2. Aitsa After Care Centre and the 3. Stellenbosch Trail Fund.

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.

Like our Facebook page:  Urban Caracal Project, Cape Town, South Africa / Stillwater MTB Events

Instagram:  @urbancaracalproject

Follow us on Twitter:  @urbancaracal / @OriginOfTrails

For more information or to enter the Origin of Trails MTB Experience and/or Trail Run please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com

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