StellenboschMountain bike enthusiasts taking part in the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails at the end of November can look forward to being part of the mountain bike party of the year while supporting a good cause, the Aitsa Aftercare Centre.

According to Aitsa After Care Centre Founder and Manager, Marietjie Steyn, the Centre opened its first class in January 2014 with 35 Grade R learners.  “Most of the parents in the area have full time jobs, but no one to look after their children in the afternoons,” says Steyn.  “The Aitsa Aftercare Centre strives to expose children to fun activities and programs in an alternative home environment where they feel loved and special.  We take in 35 children every year in Grade R and progress with the rest of the group to the next grade.  We are blessed with amazing volunteers that share their talent and passion with the children.  Amongst an array of activities, children also get to take part in music, dance and art lessons.  It’s a huge privilege for us, as a young project, to be adopted by a big event such as Origin Of Trails.  We are looking forward to exposing the children to new places, spaces and faces, introducing them to the sport and people who enjoy the sport.”

Each Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails entrant will receive homemade placemats and a handcrafted gift compliments of the Aitsa Aftercare Centre.  The children will also show their support on route by singing, blowing vuvuzelas and serving locally made koeksisters and/or vetkoek at the water point in Kylemore.

For more information on the Aitsa Aftercare Centre CLICK HERE


This much anticipated event gives riders the “once a year” opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-track that have been previously unknown and through the year inaccessible to the mountain biking community of Stellenbosch. 

     Stage One Friday, 27 November 2015           

Distance: +-65km or +-40km
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 65km race
Start & Finish Venue: Stellenbosch

     Stage Two Saturday, 28 November 2015      

Distance: +-65km or +-40km
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 65km race
Start & Finish Venue: Stellenbosch

     ENTRY FEES:    

Option 1:  Long (65km and 65km) R1050.00
Option 2:  Medium (65km and 40km) R950.00
Option 3:  Short (40km and 40km) R850.00

 The organizers of the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails aim to offer participants an unbelievable cycling experience, while raising funds to further trail building in Stellenbosch.

Each morning riders will be able to stock up on much needed energy at the Bokomo Breakfast Zone, while a mouth-watering lunch table will beckon riders once they’ve crossed the finish line.

In addition to a mountain bike experience like no other, riders will also receive a fantastic goody-bag, while stunning lucky draw prizes will be up for grabs.

Live entertainment will set the mood at the finishing venue.  Family and friends are invited to enjoy the special vibe!

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For more information on the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 086 138 3591 or email

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