Stage One of the 6th annual Origin Of Trails MTB Experience, South Africa’s MTB party of the year, treated mountain biking enthusiasts of all ages to spectacular routes and magnificent scenery in Stellenbosch on on 24 – 25 November 2018.
Liyema Madolo from Stellenbosch made his Origin Of Trails debut by taking on the +-10km Fun Ride, while Karen Derman from Sea Point also made her debut in the +-10km Fun Ride. The Origin Of Trails MTB Experience Short Route (+- 30km) was dominated by Luca Ruwiel from Bellville. Ruwiel completed the stage in a deserving time of 01 hour 29 minutes 27 seconds with Lachland Mundie in second, while Juan Erasmus finished third.
Michele Jennings from Milnerton was the first lady to cross the finish line in the short route (+- 30km). Polish riders, Marius Kozak, Piotr Brzozka and Wozciech Halejak made the best of the stunning Stellenbosch weather by obliterating Stage One of the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience Long Route (+-55km). Danielle Strydom crossed the finish line first in the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience Long Route (+-55km) with Mari Rabie in second, while Tarryn Povey finished third.
Dakar Rally star and Stellenbosch resident Giniel de Villiers rates the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience as an event that should not be missed. “Stellenbosch is the home of mountain biking. I take part in the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience every year because it’s practically on my doorstep and it helps with my fitness for the Dakar Rally. People don’t realize it, but it’s physical in the car. You need to concentrate when tired and choose the correct line. The same goes for mountain biking. The Origin Of Trails is a tough little race. In the long route there’s a lot of climbing and single track. It’s a great race.”
Stellenbosch was buzzing with excitement on 25 November 2018 to either take part in Stage Two of the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience or be part of the action of the inaugural Origin Of Trails Trail Run.
Luca Ruwiel claimed his second consecutive stage victory in the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience Short Route (+- 30km). Ruwiel crossed the finish line in 01 hour 15 minutes 12 seconds. Juan Erasmus came in second, while Lachlan Mundie finished third.
The women’s Short Route (+-30km) was won by Lenetia Mundie in 01 hour 39 minutes 08 seconds. Jan van Wyngaarden came in second, while Nina du Plessis finished third.
The Origin Of Trails MTB Experience Long Route (+-55km) was once again dominated by Polish riders Marius Kozak, Piotr Brzozka and Wozciech Halejak. Kozak completed the Stage Two route in 02 hours 20 minutes 10 seconds. Piotr Brzozka came in second, while Wozciech Halejak finished third.
German mountain biker Laura Stark claimed gold in the women’s race in a time of 02 hours 34 minutes 40 seconds. “I loved the route,” said a very happy Stark. Mari Rabie came in second, while Danielle Strydom finished third.