According to Corrie Muller, Route Designer, the emphasis of this exciting mountain bike event is to combine a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity. “Riders can look forward to experiencing a spectacular combination of single-track that to date has been unknown to the mountain biking community. We’re very excited by the fact that 45% of the long route on day one and 30% of the long route on day two is completely new, having only recently been constructed on private property. We are thankful to all landowners for giving us the opportunity to access their land, allowing us to host an exciting mountain bike event that will be a reflection of the magnificent jewel that is Stellenbosch,” says Corrie.

“Mountain biking enthusiasts can look forward to an unforgettable experience,” says Michael Meyer, Director of Stillwater Sport & Entertainment. “Stellenbosch is blessed with trails that are stunningly beautiful and diverse. The goal behind the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is to offer participants an unbelievable cycling experience, while raising funds to further trail building in Stellenbosch. A large portion of every entry fee will go directly towards trail building and local organizations aligned around these trails,” says Meyer.

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The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails, a two day mountain bike stage race, will debut in Stellenbosch on Friday, 29 and Saturday, 30 November 2013. Seen here at the official route launch (from left to right): Theodore De Klerk (CEO: SteinBuild), Bobby Behan (Director, Specialized Bicycles, Africa) and Michael Meyer (Director of Stillwater Sport & Entertainment). Photo Credit ~ Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

EVENT INFORMATION:

The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is a two day mountain bike stage race that will take place in Stellenbosch on Friday, 29 and Saturday, 30 November 2013. Ideal for all riders, participants can choose between three entry options:

STAGE ONE: Friday, 29 November 2013

Distance: +- 70km or +- 38km

Start: Church Street (Stellenbosch)

Finish: Paul Roos Gymnasium (Stellenbosch)

Stage One Long Route Description (+- 70km): Day 1 is described as more mountainous with long climbs. Starting in Church Street in the social hub of Stellenbosch, the route heads towards a secluded valley above Lanzerac and connects with Botmaskop. Thereafter the route drops into the spectacular Banhoek Valley passing through orchards, vineyards and protea plantations. Crossing the farms of the Banhoek Conservancy, kilometers of specially built single tracks will treat riders before returning in a spectacular fashion to the Jonkerhoek basin. This is virgin MTB territory and will undoubtedly be the highlight of Day 1. Using the best networks of single tracks in Jonkershoek, riders will be spoilt with an entertaining and beautiful ride. After enjoying the Jonkershoek trails, riders will enjoy a fast return to Stellenbosch using new single tracks and river crossings. On route to the finish line riders will need to contend with a climb above Coetzenburg before crossing over on new single track to the infamous G-Spot and the final descent to Paul Roos Gymnasium.

STAGE TWO: Saturday, 30 November 2013

Distance: +- 68km or +- 42km

Start: Church Street (Stellenbosch)

Finish: Paul Roos Gymnasium (Stellenbosch)

Stage Two Long Route Description (+- 70km): Day 2 takes riders into farmlands with shorter but steeper climbs. After the start in Church Street, riders will enjoy a truly unique South African experience with a winding descent through Kayamandi before going around Pappagaaiskop and into the Bottelary Hills. A playground awaits in the vast single track network of the Bottelary Hills with some new surprises on the cards. A flat section greets the riders with 10km of single tracks and farm roads under lanes of oak trees along the banks of the Blaauwklippen and Eerste Rivers. The last climb of the day takes riders into the forests of Eden and to the highest point of the day. The tree-lined cross over takes the riders on a brand new single track in Coetzenburg before returning to the finish at Paul Roos Gymnasium.

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Members of the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails route building team enjoying the routes in Stellenbosch. Photo Credit ~ Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

ENTRY OPTIONS:

Option 1: Long: Day 1 / 71km & Day 2 / 68km

Option 2: Medium: Day 1 / 71km & Day 2 / 42km

Option 3: Short: Day 1 / 38km & Day 2 / 42km

COST:

Option 1: Long / R1800 per rider

Option 2: Medium / R1800 per rider

Option 3: Short / R1400 per rider

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For more information on the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sport & Entertainment on 086 138 3591, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.