Origin Of Trails MTB Experience heads to Blaauwklippen Wine Estate in 2019

Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg

The organisers of the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience are excited to welcome Blaauwklippen Wine Estate as the host venue of the 2019 event that will take place on Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December 2019.

“We are excited to celebrate the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience’s 7th anniversary at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “A popular tourist destination, Blaauwklippen also boasts some iconic trails. We are proud to include these trails as part of our 2019 route. After each stage mountain bikers together with their family and friends can relax in the festival village that will be buzzing with activity. Indulge in mouthwatering food, awarding winning wine and live entertainment. The Origin Of Trails MTB Experience is the perfect way to close off a busy year.”

The Origin of Trails routes highlight the beauty and splendor of the City Of Oaks. Mountain bikers can look forward to the ‘once a year opportunity’ to experience a vast network of world class trails. In 2018 the experience was opened to trail runners with the introduction of the Origin Of Trails Trail Run (+-15km and +-5km) making Saturday, 30 November and Sunday, 1 December the perfect weekend in Stellenbosch for off-road adventurers.”

The organisers of the SA’s MTB party of the year, the Origin of Trails MTB Experience have welcomed the Urban Caracal Project as its 3rd charity in 2019!

“We are proud to support the Urban Caracal Project,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. There is something magical about training in an area when you know that although you don’t see them, you are more than likely being watched by this elusive feline. Some sports men and women have even had the privilege of sighting these majestic cats while on a training ride or run especially in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. We would like to encourage all entrants not only to show their support of the Urban Caracal Project, but also to consider the wildlife in the areas in which they train.”

Founded in November 2014, the Urban Caracal Project addresses research shortfalls on urban wildlife in South Africa; provides insights for conservation of species in human-impacted landscapes; helps build scientific capacity locally and helps inform management about the best wildlife-friendly conservation practices.

Interesting Facts compliments of the Urban Caracal Project: Caracals are common in the Western Cape and are a very adaptable species. They primarily prey on small rodents and birds including guinea fowl, Egyptian geese, and cormorants. The males have very large home ranges, often exceeding 70km2. While they are mostly active at night, some people have been fortunate to see them during the day.

Their adaptability allows them to live close to the city and in agricultural areas, but this means that they are vulnerable to exposure to common rat poisons and are frequently victims of vehicle collision; and they are also threatened by disease and poachers.
Did you know: The oldest wild caracal that the Urban Caracal Project found was 16-years old and lived in Stellenbosch!

For more information visit www.stillwatersports.com