Single track heaven continues on Stage Two of BUCO Origin Of Trails

Seen here:  Riders in action during the 2016 BUCO Origin Of Trails.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Stellenbosch (Western Cape) – Stage Two of the BUCO Origin Of Trails Two-Day MTB Stage Race will take place in Stellenbosch on Sunday, 26 November 2017.

An individual rider race, entrants can choose between three entry options:  Long (+-55km on Saturday and +-58km on Sunday), Medium (+-55km on Saturday and +-29km on Sunday) or Short (+-28km on Saturday and +-29km on Sunday).

Long Course Information:

“Stage Two will also start and finish at the Coetzenburg Soccer Field in Stellenbosch,” says Corrie Muller, BUCO Origin Of Trails Route Designer.  “The route goes straight up and through the farmstead.  A gradual climb will see riders visiting Eden and all the trails that were missed during Stage One.  Turning back, the route will re-enter Coetzenburg with a long descent from the upper end of G-Spot.  Crossing over to ‘The Dart’ riders will enjoy this new flowing trail that was designed as part of next year’s Cross-Country (XCO) World Cup.  The section from here is flat and includes a bridge over the Eerste River, constructed just for BUCO Origin Of Trails riders thanks to the boys from Form-Scaff.  A stint through some leafy suburbs will take riders to the big climb of the day.”

“In Botmaskop riders will get to experience the longest possible manicured single track,” continues Muller.  “Hitting the famous Skyfall at 40km an hour is a feast.  After experiencing ‘Jackies’ riders will make their way to the beautiful Banhoek.  Be sure to fill up on the sweet water when crossing the river.  The route then snakes its way up the other side.  After a decent followed by more technical single track riders just might be treated to sightings of Eland and other wild animals.  From here the route turns home through Kylemore and up into Andre`s orchards for a re-entry into Botmaskop.   The first single track is new and dips onto the old downhill course of 1998 and then into G-spot’s little brother. Riders will have a swift surge through the neighborhood with the last single track being along the Eerste River.”

Distance:  58 km

Vertical climb:  1570 m

Amount of Single Track:  23.2 km

Water Tables:

  • Water Table 1: 17km
  • Water Table 2: 27km
  • Water Table 3: 45km

Short Course Information:

“Short course riders will enjoy the same route to Eden as the long course riders,” confirms Muller.  “The route goes through the Eerste River and halfway up Botmaskop. Just as the legs start to come off, short course riders will part ways with the long course riders by hopping onto the new single track section.”

Distance:  28 km

Vertical climb:  740m

Amount of Single Track:  10km

Water Tables:

  • Water Table 1: 17km
  • Water Table 2: 25km


The BUCO Origin Of Trails highlights the beauty and splendor of the City Of Oaks.  An individual two day stage mountain bike race, mountain bikers can look forward to experiencing a vast network of world class trails.  Entrants will be granted the “once a year” opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-tracks in the pristine setting of the majestic Stellenbosch Winelands.

 STAGE ONE:    Saturday, 25 November 2017

Distance: +-55km or +-28km
Start & Finish: Coetzenburg Soccer Field (Stellenbosch)
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with +- 55km race

STAGE TWOSunday, 26 November 2017

Distance: +-58km or +-29km
Start & Finish: Coetzenburg Soccer Field (Stellenbosch)
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with +- 58km race

Riders can look forward to sharing their race stories while enjoying an ice cold Becks Blue ‘guilt free’ in the finish area.


Option 1:  Long (+-55km and +-58km) R1050.00
Option 2:  Medium (+-55km and +-29km) R950.00
Option 3:  Short (+-28km and +-29km) R850.00

 The first 1200 entrants will receive an Under Armour Garment.

Entry fee includes:  Breakfast at the ProNutro Breakfast Zone (Sat & Sun), a light lunch (Sat & Sun), Wine Tastings at Registration and at a Water Point, lucky draw prizes and Live Entertainment.

SPECIALIZED MOUNTAIN BIKE UP FOR GRABSOne lucky mountain biker will take home a magnificent Specialized Epic Comp Mountain Bike to the value of R40 000 after completing the 2017 BUCO Origin Of Trails Two-Day MTB Stage Race.

To qualify for the lucky draw, riders need to collect a lucky draw ticket from the Specialized stand in the festival village.  Please note, this competition is only open to the 2017 BUCO Origin Of Trails entrants.  The lucky draw will take place during Prize Giving on Sunday.  The winner needs to be present to collect his/her prize.

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