21 Oct, 2015

DAKAR STAR aims at Origins

Photo Credit: Cherie Vale/NEWSPORT MEDIA

Renowned for winning the 2009 Dakar Rally, Stellenbosch based racing and rally driver, Giniel De Villiers has added the Pennypinchers Origin of Trails two- day mountain bike stage race to his Dakar racing fitness regime.

According to De Villiers mountain-biking helps him keep fit for the Dakar Rally. “Keeping fit for the Dakar Rally is very important. It’s more physically demanding than people realize. As with any sport, if you want to do well you have to keep fit. I also love riding my Specialized Epic bicycle. The Pennypinchers Origin of Trails has great trails and it’s in my backyard. I’d recommend it to other riders because of its great trails and beautiful scenery. It’s an all-round good weekend.”

The Pennypinchers Origin of Trails is a two day mountain bike stage race set in the mountains around Stellenbosch. There are two options, the long course and the short course.

Stage one, on Friday 27 November, is around 60 kilometres long and includes 1750 metres of climbing. It also includes 23.4 kilometres of are single track. The short course is 31 kilometres long.

Stage two, on Saturday 28 November, is 65 kilometres in length with 1700 metres of climbing. There are 17.1 kilometres of single track. The short course is 34 kilometres long.

Entry fees are R1050 for the long course and R850 for the short course.

One lucky Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails entrant will go home with a 2016 Specialized 6 Fattie (Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6 Fattie for men or a Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 6 Fattie for women). The winner will have to be present during prize giving on the Saturday to claim his/her prize.

The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails supports the Aitsa Aftercare Centre. Each rider 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.

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

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