SA’s MTB Party of the year, the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience, will hit the streets of Stellenbosch this coming Saturday 18 November 2023. As the sun begins to set, riders staying over in the First Ascent Tented Village at Coetzenburg will embark on an exciting Pub Ride that will lead them to popular spots like Cognito Restaurant and De Akker Pub. The night will culminate at Casa Cerveza, when Pub Riders join fellow event entrants, sponsors, guests, and event organizers at the official Event Party!
“The Pub Ride offers a perfect way to unwind after an exhilarating day on the trails, all while uncovering Stellenbosch’s hidden treasures,” explains Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Event Founder. “Riders (that are staying over in the First Ascent Tented Village) will assemble in the Race Village at Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University from 16:00 on Saturday. Each participant will receive a goodie bag filled with snacks, a safety light for their bikes, and drink vouchers, along with their official Pub Ride accreditation. The adventure kicks off at 16:30, taking us past the Coetzenburg Cricket Field and up a slight hill to get the blood pumping. We’ll pause briefly for a quick photo opportunity before making our way into town.”
“Our first stop is Cognito Restaurant, where riders can enjoy their first round of drinks, courtesy of Heineken Beverages, along with some delectable snacks,” elaborates Meyer. “We encourage our riders not to exhaust all their vouchers here, as we have two more exciting stops in store. At Cognito, a secure bike park is available, and we’ve arranged for live entertainment by the talented Kezia Duo. Our next stop is at De Akker Pub, where more Heineken beverages await. Be ready for a surprise when it comes to entertainment at this leg of the journey.”
“Our grand finale takes us to Casa Cerveza, the vibrant venue for the official Savanna Origin of Trails party,” continues Meyer. “For those riders not staying in the First Ascent Tented Village but eager to join the festivities at Casa Cerveza, tickets can still be purchased at race pack collection or at the race office at Coetzenburg. Our guests will be treated to an electrifying live performance by The Electric on the main stage. To enhance the experience, an enticing selection of Heineken beverages will be available, perfectly complementing a light dinner. We look forward to enjoying a memorable evening with riders. As a friendly reminder to all Pub Ride participants, don’t forget to bring a bike light or headlamp for your ride back to the festival village.”
EVENT INFORMATION: 2023 Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience
Affectionately dubbed ‘SA’s MTB Party of the Year’, the Savanna Origin of Trails is an individual 2-Day MTB Stage Race that highlights the beauty and splendor of Stellenbosch. Mountain bikers will be treated to a vast network of world-class and exclusive trails while celebrating the origin of SA mountain biking.
|Saturday 18 November 2023 – Sunday 19 November 2023
|Start and Finish Venue:
|Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University
|Two-Day Stage Race for individual riders
|Categories, Distances & Entry Fee:
|Distance Day 1: +-50km
|Distance Day 2: +-48km
· Additional Tented Accommodation: R1500.00
|Distance Day 1: +-31km
|Distance Day 2: +-36km
· Additional Tented Accommodation: R1500.00
The entry fee includes:
- Exclusive First Ascent Rider Jersey
- Finisher Cotton Tee
- Finisher Medal
- Spectacular on route experience
- Access to world class routes that are usually not open to the public.
- A light breakfast with coffee on both days.
- A scrumptious lunch on both days.
- Complimentary drinks and refreshments.
- Well stocked water points (on route and in the race village)
- Entertainment (on route and in the race village)
2023 Savanna Origin of Trails Route Announced: The 10th annual Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience promises to deliver exciting route enhancements that are guaranteed to captivate riders from start to finish in the beautiful town of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch’s extensive network of world-class and exclusive trails have and always will be the event’s foundation, however this year event organisers plan to really shake up the vibrant ‘City of Oaks’ by bringing the ‘MTB Party’ home. Read more here: https://www.stillwatersports.com/news/savanna-origin-of-trails-routes-set-to-live-up-to-the-reputation-of-being-sas-mtb-party-of-the-year/
WIN a Giant Stance 2 mountain bike at the Savanna Origin of Trails in 2023: One lucky Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience entrant will go home with a brand-new Giant Stance 2 mountain bike to the value of R31 090.00 on Sunday 19 November 2023. All paid entrants stand a chance to secure this remarkable prize. The process is straightforward – just visit the Giant Bicycles activation in the festival village at Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University over the weekend, follow the simple guidelines, and, of course, be present at the prize-giving ceremony on Sunday in case luck is on your side. Read more here: https://www.stillwatersports.com/news/win-a-giant-stance-2-mountain-bike-at-the-savanna-origin-of-trails-in-2023/
Charity Support: The Savanna Origin of Trails proudly supports the Stellenbosch Trail Fund (STF), a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) entirely funded by donations from local trail users and corporate sponsors. Since 2011, STF’s aim has been to create, improve and maintain hiking, biking and running trails in and around the Greater Stellenbosch
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