Kelsey, Kleinhans ready for MTB party of the year


Words: Newsport Media

Affectionately known as the mountain bike party of the year, the 3rd annual Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is guaranteed to live up to its reputation. Taking place in Stellenbosch on Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 November 2015, entrants are encouraged to focus more on the trails and less on racing.

Photo credit: Johan Badenhorst

Former Master’s World Downhill Champion and multiple SA Downhill Champion Myles Kelsey is excited to toe the line at the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails. “South Africa is packed with events that cater for the hardcore racing snakes,” says Kelsey. “The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails places more emphasis on the trail experience of the rider. I believe that more mountain bike events should have such a focus. Life is too short for it always to be about racing. A proper mountain bike race, the routes feature killer climbs, killer single-track and minimal district roads. I am looking forward to good times on the bike with other riders and of course the beer at the finish. ”

“As a professional mountain biker I need to be on peak performance for as long as possible during the season,” says Ariane Kleinhans. “I therefore really welcome the invitation to enjoy an event. At other races there is never time to talk to other riders. After having spent two months in Europe I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again while doing what we love most, riding our bikes. For me the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is like a yearend function that celebrates our sport.”

This much anticipated event gives riders the “once a year” opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-track that have been previously unknown and through the year inaccessible to the mountain biking community of Stellenbosch.


Stage One: Friday, 27 November 2015
Distance: +-65km or +-40km
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 65km race
Start & Finish Venue: Stellenbosch

Stage Two: Saturday, 28 November 2015
Distance: +-65km or +-40km
Start Time: 07:00 in seeded batch starts, starting with 65km race
Start & Finish Venue: Stellenbosch

Option 1: Long (65km and 65km) R1050.00
Option 2: Medium (65km and 40km) R950.00
Option 3: Short (40km and 40km) R850.00

The organizers of the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails aim to offer participants an unbelievable cycling experience, while raising funds to further trail building in Stellenbosch.

Each morning riders will be able to stock up on much needed energy at the Bokomo Breakfast Zone, while a mouth-watering lunch table will beckon riders once they’ve crossed the finish line.

In addition to a mountain bike experience like no other, riders will also receive a fantastic goody-bag, while stunning lucky draw prizes will be up for grabs.

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

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For more information on the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 086 138 3591, email or visit