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  1. Taking place on Saturday, 03 and Sunday, 04 December 2016, the 4th annual Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails has attracted the attention of a number of sporting celebrities both local and from abroad. Click here to view the article
  2. SA Rally Driver, Ashley Haigh-Smith in action during the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Race. Photo Credit: Jetline Action Photo Newlyweds, Christoph and Andrea Sauser will make their Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails debut in December. “We’ve only heard positive things about the event,” says Christoph. “Stellenbosch has been my second home for many years. I am really excited to race on the trails. It’s very important to have an event that encourages riders to enjoy the route and scenery. All the trails are connected. This is a big plus for great flow and enjoying special views and trails.” According to Andrea the sport of mountain biking is very important in their relationship. “It’s probably how we have the most fun together,” says Andrea. “Back home in Switzerland we often plan rides where we can meet somewhere at the top of a mountain and take the downhills together or even do a full ride together, when Susi feels like riding at my pace. I can’t wait to explore more trails, meet people and feel the cheerful atmosphere of the event.” Reigning FNB W2W MTB Women’s Team Champions, Robyn De Groot and Jennie Stenerhag are eagerly awaiting the start of the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails. “My goal will be to have fun, test and fine tune my 2017 equipment and enjoy an event from a new perspective other than racing,” says De Groot. “The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is a nice, relaxed event. It has a great social atmosphere with fantastic mountain biking.” According to Stenerhag, being able to relax at an event is a welcomed change. “Sometimes it is very important to forget about racing, relax and be reminded of why we ride our bikes,” says Stenerhag. “There is always something new at the Origin Of Trails. Although I am looking forward to seeing the new trails, the single track that I am aware of is also really awesome. My goal is to have fun and talk to as many riders as possible, while enjoying two really nice training rides.” The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails has also caught the attention of SA Rally Driver, Ashley Haigh-Smith. “There are definite similarities in the technical side of rally racing and mountain biking,” says Haigh-Smith. “I enjoy mountain biking because it takes me to new, refreshing places. Being the last event of the year, everybody seems to be more relaxed. There is a lot of banter between riders, while enjoying a solid time on the bike. As a mountain bike destination, Stellenbosch is fantastic. Jonkershoek is very special. The incredible amount of work that they put into keeping the trails perfect all year round is unreal.” Win with MTO at the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails: MTO will be running an exciting “selfie” competition during Stage One of the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails. To stand a chance to win a one year pass into Jonkershoek or any of MTO’s trails, entrants need to take a selfie at the top of the MTO Monster Climb and share it to the MTO Facebook page. The five riders with the most creative photographs will win the prize. Lucky Draw: One lucky entrant will go home with a Specialized Turbo Levo Hardtail 29er. The lucky draw will take place after Stage Two during Prize Giving. The winner needs to be present to claim his/her prize. For more information or to enter the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.
  3. Celebrating its 4th anniversary in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 03 and Sunday, 04 December 2016 one lucky Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails rider will go home with a spectacular Specialized Turbo Levo Hardtail 29er. Click here to view the article
  4. According to Harry Orr, Specialized Bicycles Africa Business Development, the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails takes place in the best place in the world. “We are excited by the fact that the route will go past our retail store (over the flow track), highlighting our commitment to serve riders in this community,” says Orr. “We’ve invited industry media to test our 2017 range of mountain bikes over the two day period. Our team will also be riding. To top things off we’ll be giving away a Specialized Turbo Levo Hardtail 29er to one lucky entrant.” “This specific bicycling was chosen because it is cool and gives riders the opportunity to ride more trails and have more fun,” continues Orr. “The Specialized Levo is ideal for many different kinds of riders. The pedal assist function takes the edge off of the steep hills and gets you where you want to go faster, with less suffering. The rider does, however, still need to pedal to gain assistance from the motor. Featuring an exclusive, custom-tuned motor that smoothly and quietly puts out up to 530 watts of additional power to the pedals, in relation to the riders input, which is fully adjustable through a smart phone App, the Specialized Levo truly has few limitations.” EVENT INFORMATION: An individual two day mountain bike stage race, the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails combines a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity. Entrants are given a “once a year” opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-tracks in the pristine setting of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Stage One: Saturday, 03 December 2016 Distance: +-65km or +-35km Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 65km race Start Venue: Hofmeyer Hall, Church Street, Stellenbosch Finish Venue: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Stage Two: Sunday, 04 December 2016 Distance: +-60km or +-30km Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 65km race Start & Finish Venue: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch ENTRY FEES: Starting and finishing in Stellenbosch on both days, riders can choose between three entry options. Option 1: Long (65km and 60km) R1050.00 Option 2: Medium (65km and 30km) R950.00 Option 3: Short (35km and 30km) R850.00 For more information or to enter the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.
  5. Riders in action during the 2015 Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg The Aitsa After Care Centre opened its doors in January 2014. According to Founder and Manager, Marietjie Steyn, the 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,” says Steyn. “Currently we have 140 children aged 5 to 9, all residing in Kylemore in the Banhoek Valley and surrounding farms. We offer meals, sport, chess, choir, drama, e-learning, homework assistance, counselling, parent support groups and life skills training.” “We are blessed with amazing volunteers that share their talent and passion with the children,” continues Steyn. “It is a privilege to be part of the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails. The children will be exposed to the wonderful sport and sportsmanship of mountain biking. Last year they really enjoyed supporting the cyclist at the water table. They sang and handed out some local treats. This year we will do the same. Our newly formed choir will also sing during prize giving. We hope that the event will bring a better awareness among riders, not just about the work Aitsa does, but also about the beautiful children in the Banhoek Valley and how the riders can help to improve their lives.” For more information on the Aitsa After Care Centre visit www.aitsa.org According to Jan Scannell, Managing Director of Prochorus, the organisation was established in 1996 with a primary focus to redress the social imbalances in society and secondly to meet the needs and concerns of the local community. “Prochorus aims to take care of the needs of the poor by focussing on Education, Skills Development and Poverty Alleviation,” says Scannell. “It’s a privilege to be involved with the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails. It not only creates a lot of excitement and team spirit, but involves both the younger and older riders with the younger riders serving as ‘activators’ in the route activation, cheering riders on. This will also motivate the younger riders to earn their spot on the racing team as they get older. Our involvement with Origin of Trails also broadens the horizons of these youngsters by exposing them to the various possibilities and excitement that the event and sport offers. We aim to inspire the children to dream big, aim for the stars and follow their dreams.” For more information on Prochorus visit www.prochorus.org/ EVENT INFORMATION: An individual two day mountain bike stage race, the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails combines a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity. Entrants are given a “once a year” opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-tracks in the pristine setting of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Stage One: Saturday, 03 December 2016 Distance: +-65km or +-35km Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 65km race Start Venue: Hofmeyer Hall, Church Street, Stellenbosch Finish Venue: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Stage Two: Sunday, 04 December 2016 Distance: +-60km or +-30km Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 65km race Start & Finish Venue: Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch ENTRY FEES: Starting and finishing in Stellenbosch on both days, riders can choose between three entry options. Option 1: Long (65km and 60km) R1050.00 Option 2: Medium (65km and 30km) R950.00 Option 3: Short (35km and 30km) R850.00 For more information or to enter the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.
  6. http://i9.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. RIDER COMMUNIQUE http://i2.cmail2.com/ei/j/CE/661/B34/csimport/2015Silverstarlogo.113542.jpg Our route crew have just finished their mammoth task on the final descent for Saturday's event and the result is sublime. Riders who are familiar with the Krugersdorp Ridge will remember the cutting from some previous editions which brings the event back to Silverstar at the end of both distances, but they won't recognise it with various bridges having now been built and lots of landfill work having been done to make it rideable all the way to the bottom. Quick riders in the 40km event are advised that they will encounter slow traffic on this section and they need to be cautious on their way down. RACING SNAKES NEED TO BE VERY VOCAL ON THE DESCENT TO ALERT SLOWER RIDERS OF THEIR PASSING. We will have marshals that will try and keep slow traffic left for the faster guys to pass, but there are no guarantees, SO PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS. Unfortunately the dynamics on the route don't allow free passage for the 40km racing snakes on this section - the only way was to allow the 40km riders to start 2 hours before the 20km, but this isn't possible due to start and finish logistics. We've traditionally had the quicker 40km guys link up with the 20km route in the final few kilometers of the event so this year won't be any different - all riders are just requested to be courteous. The Bicycle Company in Muldersdrift has let us know that they are going to have some great specials on High 5 supplements at number collection on Friday, so look out for these specials if you are collecting in Muldersdrift on Friday. Starting times for the batches are as follows: 08h00: 40km batch A 08h05: 40km batch B 08h10: 40km batch C 08h20: 20km batch A 08h25: 20km batch B All riders have to report to the registration venues to collect number boards, batch stickers and race packs. Every rider will receive a temporary Spectrum Sport timing board which they have to affix to their handlebars with cable straps. These boards have to be handed in at the finish line once you’ve completed your ride. RIDERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RIDE WITH THEIR PERMANENT SAS BOARDS. Registration venues: Thursday 3 September 2015: Cycle Lab Superstore, Fourways (10h00 – 16h00) Friday 4 September 2015: The Bicycle Company Muldersdrift (10h00 – 16h00) Riders who cannot get to these venues will be helped on the morning from 07h00 at the main entrance to the Casino, but will not receive race packs and will not be able to collect any race merchandise. There will be event T-shirts on sale at registration (limited sizes) - please enquire from our crew. Our route crew under the guidance of experienced route builder Darren Herbst have been working hard on the route and we will do our utmost to help everyone have a pleasant day out on the bike. With more than 1000 riders entered, it’s inevitable that the route will be congested in certain areas where the 20km and 40km events are on the same stretches. The Hillsnacks climb does, however, provide ample distance to stretch bunches out and the route keeps climbing for a further 2km after riders exit off the R28. The split point is at the 13km mark where the 40km ride turns back onto the mountain for a sublime loop on the Ridge while the 20km riders turn down towards the finish line. The split point is clearly marked in the lead-up as well as at the split, so make sure you look out for it. The two distances join each other again shortly before the final descent. The final descent down the old ox wagon trail is technical, but we’ve done a lot of work on it to try and make it ride-able. The race starts inside Silverstar Casino’s new top parking lot above the complex (not the bottom parking area next to the boom gates as was the case in previous years) and goes out onto the R28 tarred main road climb before turning left into the bush on the Krugersdorp Ridge. Metro police will provide an escort and pointsmen on this section and we request riders to be cautious until we leave the main road (big thanks to Chief Sup Bryan Murray and his officers!). There are two water points on the route, which are stocked with PowerAde and Coke as well as tasty titbits, including koeksisters and crunchy cookies. We ask riders to be courteous at all times and stick to the left of the track whenever possible to allow faster riders to pass. NO SHOUTING AT SLOWER RIDERS WILL BE TOLLERATED AND THE ORGANISERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY ANY RIDER DUE TO MISCONDUCT IN THIS REGARD. The boom gates at Silverstar Casino will be open from 6:30 on Saturday. Prize giving is in the Piazza in front of the big screen at 11:00. Festivities are hosted by the “Voice of Cycling” in South Africa, Johnny Koen. The prize giving function will be broadcast on the big screen, creating a nice atmosphere at the venue. The finish line is inside the Super Dome at Silverstar For directions to the venue go to www.silverstarcasino.co.za A big thank you to our sponsors and partners: Pennypinchers Silverstar Casino Mogale City Metro Police Action Ford High 5 Ftech Rudy Project For further information email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za or phone 076 621 1807 .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i3.cmail2.com/ei/j/CE/661/B34/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editable_Page_1.055748.jpg FOR ENTRIES AND INFO ON THE BESTMED SATELLITE CLASSIC, CLICK HERE. 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  7. Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge participants could strike gold when they cover a historical mining route during Saturday’s feature race in Krugersdorp. Click here to view the article
  8. Riders like defending champion Pierre Smith will be on the hunt for gold when the Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge takes place in Krugersdorp on Saturday. Photo: Jetline Action Photo Mountain bikers will follow a revamped 40km route from Silverstar Casino up onto the Krugersdorp Ridge and then down the old Pretoria-Krugersdorp road through the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens en route back to the casino.According to local historian Rod Kruger, the area is famous for being right in the middle of the early hunt for gold, with old mines and prospecting cuts found all over. “We found one right below the botanical gardens waterfall.” Krugersdorp was established as the main town on the West Rand in 1887 after the discovery of the main gold reef on the Witwatersrand the previous year. Over the next few decades the entire area changed dramatically from a scene of peaceful farms to tented mining camps and then the bustling City of Gold, Johannesburg, and its satellite towns. Kruger said the old Pretoria-Krugersdorp road was built around a century ago to accommodate the first motorcars in the area but that, while it shortened the distance from Krugersdorp to Muldersdrift, it proved too steep and difficult for those early vehicles. “Later they changed it by building the existing Krugersdorp road from Silverstar, which includes the famous Hill Snacks climb.” According to route director Darren Herbst, the well-known ascent will be the only part of the race route remaining from previous editions of the event. “This year, we’ve decided to change everything and take riders up Hill Snacks and then through the new Hero Adventure Hobby Park.” Herbst said riders could look forward to good technical riding up on the ridge, featuring floating bridges over the dams, little drop-offs and jumps, forested sections and rocky trails. “Those who aren’t racing for gold can stop and enjoy the views over the West Rand.” The race, which is presented by ASG Events, finishes inside the spectacular Super Dome adjacent to the piazza at the casino resort. Finishers will be able to get their medal, use the bike wash, leave their bike in the secure bike park and enjoy a well-deserved meal at one of the restaurants lining the piazza. “The event also offers a 20km racing option for those looking for a more manageable but still exciting day on the bike,” said Herbst. Entries for the event close at midnight on August 31.Enter at www.asgevents.co.za or go to Silverstar MTB Challenge on Facebook or @silverstarMTB.
  9. Participants in action during the 2014 Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails, two day mountain bike (MTB) stage race. // Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / Newsport Media. This much anticipated event gives riders the “once a year” opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-tracks that have been previously unknown and through the year inaccessible to the mountain biking community of Stellenbosch. Event Information: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 organizer 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 beckons 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 make a day of it and come enjoy the special vibe! Follow us on Twitter: @OriginOfTrails Like our Facebook page: Origin Of Trails For more information on the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 086 138 3591, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.
  10. Entries are now open for the mountain bike party of the year, the 3rd annual Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails, two day mountain bike (MTB) stage race. Returning to the picturesque Stellenbosch region and surrounds on Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 November 2015, the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails combines a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity. Click here to view the article
  11. Fondly referred to as a mountain biker’s dream, the second annual Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails 2-Day Mountain Bike (MTB) Stage Race returns to Stellenbosch this coming weekend (Friday, 28 and Saturday, 29 November 2014). Click here to view the article
  12. Riders in action in the Banhoek Valley, a section of the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails 2-Day Mountain Bike (MTB) Stage Race route. // Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / Newsport Media. Combining a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity, riders will be granted the unique opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-track that have been previously unknown to the MTB community. 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. According to Corrie Muller, Route Designer, riders can expect lots of exciting trails. “There are technical and fun sections that will suddenly appear from nowhere. Trust the trail builder. It is easier than it looks, don’t overthink it, every obstacle is a joyful experience. On both days, both distances will have a long climb early in the stage. Finding a gentle incline to link 45 farms is somewhat challenging, but luckily the legs will still be fresh. The stretches will be short, while the reward will be plenty,” says Muller. “Route highlights to look out for on Day One will include Dornier Farm where two aqueducts were opened, taking riders deep into the dense forest,” continues Muller. “Then, Jonkershoek and the GSpot feature some of the best trails in the country. On Day Two riders will get to experience the Noble Savage Trail at Bartinney Wine Estate. A new single-track that is easy to ride, the Noble Savage Trail features the most breathtaking views, hanging hair pins and top quality route designs that will blow your mind” “The Banhoek Conservancy Team has been working on the routes for the last two years,” says Rose Jordaan, Owner Bartinney Wine Estate and Trustee: Banhoek Conservancy. “The idea is to generate work for the community, while socially and environmentally uplifting the whole Banhoek Region. Riders can look forward to experiencing brand new single track through land that on any other day will not be open to the public, breathtaking vistas and spectacular wine tasting on route”. NUMBER COLLECTION: Date: Thursday, 27 November 2014 Venue: Hofmeyer Hall, Church Street (Stellenbosch) Time: 15:00 – 19:00 (Race Briefing at 18:00) EVENT INFORMATION: Stage One: Friday, 28 November 2014 Distance: +- 70km or +- 40km Start Time: 07:00 Start Venue: Hofmeyer Hall, Church Street (Stellenbosch) Finish Venue: Markotter Sports Field, Paul Roos Gymnasium (Stellenbosch) Stage Two: Saturday, 29 November 2014 Distance: +- 70km or +- 40km Start Time: 07:00 Start Venue: Hofmeyer Hall, Church Street (Stellenbosch) Finish Venue: Markotter Sports Field, Paul Roos Gymnasium (Stellenbosch) Follow us on Twitter: @OriginOfTrails / @Stillwater_MTB Like our Facebook page: Stillwater MTB Events For more information on the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 086 138 3591, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.
  13. Stefan Sahm in action during Stage Two. // Photo credit: Jetline Action Photo. Once again starting at the Hofmeyer Hall in Stellenbosch, Stage Two saw riders having to complete a tough 68km route or a slightly less challenging 40km route before crossing the finish line at the Markotter Sports Field at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. According to Sahm, the 68km Stage Two route was one of two phases. “The first phase saw me smiling, while the second phase saw me grimacing. The route was really rough on some places. I am going to hear it from my wife tonight, as she also rode today. The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is a great event. It features awesome single track and takes place in one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. It’s been two days of awesome mountain biking,” said Sahm. Simon Stiebjahn came in second, while Matthew Beers finished third. Diana Carolin claimed victory in the women’s long route completing the two stages in a well-deserved combined time of 07 hours 50 minutes. Louise Ferreira came in second, while Katie Viljoen finished third. Defending short route champion Manie Lubbe claimed his first stage victory and overall event victory completing the 2-Day Stage Race in a combined time of 03 hours 49 minutes 19 seconds. “The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is a great event,” said Lubbe. “The trails are awesome and there is an amazing vibe amongst all the people. I am really happy to claim my second consecutive win”. Matthew Lombardi came in second, while Michel Lord finished third. Allison Morton secured her second consecutive stage victory of the weekend, claiming the overall short route title in an impressive combined time of 05 hours 40 seconds. “It was really nice riding with my dad today,” said Morton. “I loved the single track. The vibe at the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is great, while the people are really helpful. I will definitely be back next year”. Amy Williams came in second, while Famke Allen finished third. Francois Roux set the route ablaze in the men’s category of the medium route completing the two stages in a well-deserved combined time of 05 hours 49 minutes 43 seconds. Joel Schaeffer came in second, while Richard de Villiers finished third. Kerry Gray was the rider to beat in the men’s medium route completing the two stages in an impressive combined time of 06 hours 44 minutes 49 seconds. Robyn Williams came in second, while Kate Munnik finished third. Final results for Pennypinchers Origin of Trails available here.
  14. Swiss mountain biking star Stefan Sahm continued his winning streak at the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails 2-Day Mountain Bike (MTB) Stage Race on Saturday, 29 November 2014 claiming the Stage Two victory in an impressive time of 03 hours 10 minutes 17 seconds, securing the overall champion title in an awe-inspiring combined time of 06 hours 01 minutes 48 seconds. Click here to view the article
  15. “It was not overly technical and was a hit in this respect,” Evans commented of the sold out event. “It was also limited in numbers, which created a great atmosphere.” The 2014 event took place from 18-20 September and offered solo and team categories. Every day’s racing was done on an out-and-back route a cloverleaf from the race village in Wittedrift (just outside Plettenberg Bay), which, believes solo winner Kevin Evans, is a big part of the race’s allure. “Riders can base themselves in Plett if they want. Although, with sponsors like Saronsberg Wines and Mitchells Brewery, the race village is the place to be,” Kevin said. While the vibes in the race village were relaxed and friendly; and the routes not necessarily aimed at racing snakes, the sharp-end still saw some hot action. “I would love to say I was able to take it easy for the three days, but reality was that the young guns wouldn't take it lightly,” said Kevin. “Nor the older ones for matter of fact, and I had to lay down the law on day one and piece myself back together from there.” Day one was 70 kilometres, (with 1320m ascent), with the track through the indigenous forest at Petrus se Brand as highlight. Day two was the longest of the event, with 80 kilometres of mountain and sea views through the Krantzbosch and Buffels Nek Forest reserves with some climbing in the Paardekop area, for good measure. “The whole stage was a highlight,” claims Evans. “The views were all spectacular - too many to name them all!” Day three was 50 kilometres only, to allow for an early finish for those travelling to Uniondale for the Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast. “Those who didn’t come with their climbing legs suffered a bit,” Kevin said. “You start off at an altitude of 0m above sea level. You can guess where my father takes you from there…” “The scenery however compensated and just when you felt like you’d had enough, there were the magical forest singletracks of Knysna and Harkerville,” he said. The 2015 event promises to be no different, and, while there will be tweaks and improvements the route will not differ dramatically from this year’s event, which translates to ‘something for everybody’ – a combination of singletrack, scenic district roads and forest trails. “Nowhere in the country can you ride indigenous forests as you can here,” Evans concluded. Entries: Open 31 October (zandile@drevilclassic.com)Dates: 17th, 18th and 19th September 2015 Numbers: The event will be limited to 350 riders Discount: Riders who enter the Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast (that will take place on the 20th September) and wish to ride the Dr Evil Classic will once again receive a R200 discount on their (manual) Dr Evil entry. In order to arrange this please contact directly if you would like a manual entry form. Full results of the 2014 event are available at www.drevilclassic.com
  16. Entries are open for the fourth installment of Leon ‘Dr Evil’ Evans’ own three-day stage race in the Garden Route. The 2014 event was a classic mix of forest single track, scenic district roads and logging routes. And, in complete contrast to his infamous nickname and the race for which he earned it, the Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic was a fun ride rather than a racing-oriented event. Click here to view the article
  17. The streets of Stellenbosch came alive with excitement on Friday, 28 November 2014 when just under 1200 eager mountain bikers toed the line to be part of the action at the 2014 Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails 2-Day Mountain Bike (MTB) Stage Race. Click here to view the article
  18. Swiss mountain biking star Stefan Sahm claimed the 65km Stage One victory in a lightning fast time of 02 hours 51 minutes 32 seconds. // Photo credit: Jetline Action Photo Starting at the Hofmeyer Hall in Stellenbosch, Stage One saw riders having to complete a tough 65km route or a slightly less challenging 40km route before crossing the finish line at the Markotter Sports Field at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. Swiss mountain biking star Stefan Sahm claimed the 65km Stage One victory in a lightning fast time of 02 hours 51 minutes 32 seconds. “Today was amazing, a blast from start to finish,” said a very happy Sahm. “Stage One was proper racing with proper single track. This is why I mountain bike. I know the Jonkershoek trails. It was so much fun racing it flat out, riding it to the limits. This was definitely the coolest and most enjoyable route that I’ve ever ridden”. Simon Stiebjahn came in second, while Matthew Beers finished third. Tanya Weaver was the first female rider home in the medium route completing the 65km stage in a time of 03 hours 50 minutes 28 seconds. Kerry Gray came in second. Matthew Lombardi was the first short route rider to cross the finish line. “The Stage One route was awesome. It featured a lot of diversity with Jonkershoek never disappointing. All in all good racing,” said Lombardi. Lombardi’s finishing time was 01 hour 54 minutes 38 seconds. Manie Lubbe came in second, while Michael Lord finished third. Allison Morton was the female rider to beat in the short route crossing the finish line in 02 hours 34 minutes 59 seconds. “Today was good, but tough,” said Morton. “I’ve always wanted to do a stage race. Stage One was amazing. I’ll definitely do it again”. Jackie de Villiers came in second, while Amy Williams finished third. Diana Carolin set the route ablaze in the women’s 65km race claiming victory in a well-deserved time of 03 hours 43 minutes 19 seconds. Leanne Brown-Waterson came in second, while Louis Ferreira finished third. Thembisile Shaun Mtintisilana claimed gold in the medium route / 65km stage in an impressive time of 03 hours 35 minutes 22 seconds. Francois Roux came in second, while Richard de Villiers finished third. Combining a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity, the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails grants riders the unique opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-track that have been previously unknown to the MTB community. 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. Full results from Pennypinchers Origin of Trails Stage One available here.
  19. Williams claimed two consecutive stage victories at the 2013 Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails, with an overall winning time of 05 hours 47 minutes 56 seconds. “I enjoyed the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails because it featured the most amazing single track, the race village had an awesome atmosphere and I got to connect with so many different people,” says Williams. “The route was challenging, yet exciting. The terrain would change around every corner keeping things fresh and fun, but the single track made the race for me. Nothing beats ending off a hard race with awesome single track to the finish line”. “The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails was one of the highlights of my 2013 racing season,” continues Williams. “The trail, views across the vineyards and the awesome race village atmosphere is what attracted me to enter this year again. My goal is to defend my title, take home another overall win and of course have fun. I have one more year of racing as a junior, after that I will definitely be back to tackle the long route to see more of the stunning trails on offer at this event. With varied distances the event caters for a wide range of cyclists. It is a great opportunity for the recreational cyclist wanting to experience stage racing. What better way to end off the racing season than riding the trails of Stellenbosch”. Event Information: The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is an individual two day mountain bike stage race that combines a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity. Riders are given the unique opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-tracks that have been previously unknown to the mountain biking community of Stellenbosch. 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. Be part of the action at this end of year mountain bike season celebration. Choose between three entry options: Long (70km and 70km), Medium (70km and 40km) or Short (40km and 40km). Stage One: Friday, 28 November 2014 Distance: +- 70km or +- 40km Start & Finish: Stellenbosch Stage Two: Saturday, 29 November 2014 Distance: +- 70km or +- 40km Start & Finish: Stellenbosch Entry Fees: Option 1: Long / 70km and 70km / R900.00 per rider Option 2: Medium / 70km and 40km / R800.00 per rider Option 3: Short / 40km and 40km / R700.00 per rider Twitter: @OriginOfTrails / @Stillwater_MTB Facebook page: Stillwater MTB Events 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.
  20. Reigning Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails short course champion, Amy Williams (17) of Knysna will be hoping for a successful title defense on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November 2014 when she returns to Stellenbosch to take on this much anticipated 2-Day Mountain Bike Stage Race. Click here to view the article
  21. XTERRA legend, Conrad Stoltz obliterated the field at the inaugural Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails 2-Day Mountain Bike (MTB) Stage Race in Stellenbosch in 2013. Stoltz, who claimed victory in an impressive combined time of 06 hours 27 minutes 36 seconds, will be hoping for a successful title defense when he toes the line at the 2014 event that will start in Church Street (Stellenbosch) on Friday, 28 November 2014. Click here to view the article
  22. Conrad Stoltz in action during the 2013 Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails 2-Day Mountain Bike (MTB) Stage Race in Stellenbosch. // Credit: Jetline Action Photo “The 2013 Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails was a trail rider’s delight, or as I like to call it, real mountain biking,” says Stoltz. “Day 1 was quite tough physically and technically, so you needed to have your wits about you. Day 2 was easier and shorter. Although I’ve been riding in the area for nearly 20 years now, I can honestly say that the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails took us to views and fun trails I did not know existed. The Banhoek Conservancy was especially impressive”. “Each stage showcases the best of what iconic Stellenbosch has to offer in terms of trails and scenery,” continues Stoltz. “This is all thanks to the local communities and especially the private land owners that give us permission to access their property over the two day period. I’m looking forward to fantastic mountain bike racing in my backyard. My goal is to go hard, have fun and enjoy the scenery and friendship”. Other top riders to look out for will include: Darren Lill, Erik Kleinhans, James Reid, Waylon Woolcock, Ariane Kleinhans, Jennie Stenerhag and Robyn De Groot to name just a few. Event Information: The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is an individual two day mountain bike stage race that combines a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity. Riders are given the unique opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-tracks that have been previously unknown to the mountain biking community of Stellenbosch. 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. Stage One: Friday, 28 November 2014 Distance: +- 70km or +- 40km Start & Finish: Stellenbosch Stage Two: Saturday, 29 November 2014 Distance: +- 70km or +- 40km Start & Finish: Stellenbosch Twitter: @OriginOfTrails / @Stillwater_MTB Facebook page: Stillwater MTB Events 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.
  23. Ariane Kleinhans at 2013 ISUZU Ride The Rock MTB Race. “I am looking forward to seeing all my South African mountain biking friends, while having a great time riding the nicest trails around Stellenbosch,” says Kleinhans. “The event is about raising funds to build and maintain trails in and around Stellenbosch. The great trails are a huge attraction for the best mountain bikers in the world. It’s really great for the sport that Stillwater Sports hosts this event in this very special town to further develop the trail network”. Jennie Stenerhag at 2013 FNB W2W MTB Race. According to Stenerhag, hosting a 2-Day MTB stage race in Stellenbosch is a great idea. “We have so many nice trails. It is awesome that mountain bikers from outside of Stellenbosch can come and ride them. It is also nice for all the mountain bikers in Stellenbosch to have a stage race at home. I support the event because of its Stellenbosch trail developing initiative. It is the last race of the year so I will probably be riding more than racing”. Robyn De Groot. // Photo by Darren Goddard. “A 2-Day MTB stage race in Stellenbosch can only be absolute bliss,” says De Groot. “I am looking for a new adventure and I’ve heard that the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails features awesome single-track and trails. This will be the first time that I ride in Stellenbosch. I've only heard good things so to experience it firsthand will be great”. Event Information: The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is an individual two day mountain bike stage race that combines a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity. Riders are given the unique opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-tracks that have been previously unknown to the mountain biking community of Stellenbosch. 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. Be part of the action at this end of year mountain bike season celebration. Choose between three entry options: Long (70km and 70km), Medium (70km and 40km) or Short (40km and 40km). Stage One: Friday, 28 November 2014 Distance: +- 70km or +- 40km Start & Finish: Stellenbosch Stage Two: Saturday, 29 November 2014 Distance: +- 70km or +- 40km Start & Finish: Stellenbosch Entry Fees: Option 1: Long / 70km and 70km / R900.00 per rider Option 2: Medium / 70km and 40km / R800.00 per rider Option 3: Short / 40km and 40km / R700.00 per rider Twitter: @OriginOfTrails / @Stillwater_MTB Facebook page: Stillwater MTB Events 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.
  24. The 2014 Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails, Stellenbosch’s only 2-Day Mountain Bike Stage Race, has attracted the interest of a number of top female riders including the likes of Ariane Kleinhans, Jennie Stenerhag and Robyn de Groot. Celebrating its second anniversary, the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails will take place on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November 2014. Click here to view the article
  25. The Steinbuild Group, through its Pennypinchers brand, is proud to be the Title Sponsor of the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails a two day mountain bike stage race that will take place in Stellenbosch on Friday, 29 and Saturday, 30 November 2013. Pennypinchers is a leading customer focused supplier of building materials and home improvement products. Click here to view the article
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