Trail Angels ready to experience mountain biking heaven at Savanna Origin of Trails 

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Participants in the Savanna Origin Of Trails MTB experience in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape Province of South Africa on 20 November 2022. Photo: Chris Hitchcock via PhotoSport-ZA

Taking place in the majestic city of oaks this coming Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 2023, the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience has become a firm favourite of South Africa’s largest women-only mountain bike club, the esteemed Trail Angels.

“Our aim is to introduce more women to the exhilarating world of mountain biking by providing support and encouragement,” expresses Nikki Haywood, Trail Angels Founder and Owner. “We have a genuine affection for the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience, as it not only brings the thrill of mountain biking close to home but also injects a great deal of enjoyment into the mix. The availability of two distinct distances to choose from makes it inclusive for a broader range of riders. Moreover, the vibrant social atmosphere within the race village is unparalleled.”

“This year, we’re thrilled to have nearly 30 Trail Angels donning our fantastic ‘demons kit’ to champion women’s cycling,” Haywood elaborates. “We can’t wait to experience the camaraderie, the chance to bond over our shared love and passion for the sport, while infusing the event with our spirited enthusiasm. We’d like to invite more female riders to join us at South Africa’s MTB Party of the Year. The routes are genuinely accessible, offering varying levels of technicality, and you can select the distance that’s suits you best. Join us as we strive to grow the sport of Women’s Mountain Biking in South Africa!”

More about Trail Angels: Established in 2012, Trail Angels is a vibrant community of like-minded women with a passion for mountain biking. There are five distinct riding groups, each catering to different fitness and skill levels. Whether you’re new to the sport and seeking guidance to kickstart your journey or you’re a seasoned rider ready to take on competitive events, there is a place for everyone. For more information on The Trail Angels visit

EVENT INFORMATION2023Savanna 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.

Date:Saturday 18 November 2023 – Sunday 19 November 2023
Start and Finish Venue:Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University
Start Time:08:00
Event Format:Two-Day Stage Race for individual riders
Categories, Distances & Entry Fee:Full Marathon Age:  18+
 Distance Day 1:  +-50km
 Distance Day 2:  +-48km
 Entry Fee: R2100.00 Additional Tented Accommodation: R1500.00
 Half Marathon Age:  18+
 Distance Day 1:  +-31km
 Distance Day 2:  +-36km
 Entry Fee: R1900.00Additional 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)

Best Dressed Competition: In honour of the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience’s 10th anniversary in November, event organizers are spicing things up by calling on riders to ‘dress for the occasion’ on Sunday, 19 November (the final stage of the event). It’s not a proper celebration without some exciting prizes, so the two riders with the most creative outfits (one male and one female) will each take home a whopping R10,000 and 10 cases of Savanna. Read more here:

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:

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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