Seen here:  Ila Stow in action during Stage Two of the BUCO Origin Of Trails Two Day MTB Stage Race.
Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg
Stellenbosch (Western Cape) – Stage Two of the 2017 BUCO Origin Of Trails Two-Day Mountain Bike (MTB) Stage Race treated riders to 23.2km of single track riding in and around the picturesque City of Oaks on Sunday, 26 November 2017.

Riders could choose between three entry options:  a Long Course (+-55km on Saturday and +-58km on Sunday), a Medium Course (+-55km on Saturday and +-29km on Sunday) and a Short Course (+-28km on Saturday and +-29km on Sunday).


Christine van der Walt was the first rider home in the women’s Short Course in a time of 02 hours 05 minutes 21 seconds.  Sannelize Janse Van Rensburg came in second, while Mikayla Forrester finished third

Elrita Blignaut was the first rider home in the women’s Medium Course crossing the finish line in 02 hours 14 minutes 06 seconds.  Robyn Tully came in second, while Justine Laver finished third.

Marlene Lourens crossed the finish line first in the women’s Long Course.  According to Lourens the stage was fantastic.  “It really is a privilege to be able to ride in Stellenbosch.  Everybody comes to chill.  The pros get to relax and enjoy themselves.  Origin Of Trails is what mountain biking is all about.  It is true mountain biking.”  Lourens crossed the finish line in 03 hours 31 minutes 15 seconds, followed by Ila Stow in second place.

“Today was amazing,” says Stow.  “It’s nice to see how the trail networks have expanded in Stellenbosch.  It was a treat riding with Marlene.  We had a lot of fun out there.  The routes have so much to offer and are really rewarding.”  Tanya Rabie rounded off the podium.

EVENT INFORMATIONAffectionately known as the MTB party of the year, the BUCO Origin Of Trails highlights the beauty and splendor of Stellenbosch while offering entrants the “once a year” opportunity to experience a vast network of world class trails that include a spectacular combination of single-track in the pristine setting of the majestic Stellenbosch Winelands.

After each stage riders had the opportunity to share their war stories while enjoying an ice cold Becks Blue ‘guilt free’ in the finish area.

The first 1000 entrants received an Under Armour Garment.

SPECTACULAR SPECIALIZED GIVEAWAY:  Tiaan van der Merwe of Saldanha Bay was the lucky winner of a magnificent Specialized Epic Comp Mountain Bike to the value of R40 000.

“The prize couldn’t have come at a better time,” says a very happy van der Merwe.  “I had to borrow a friend’s bike in order to take part in the event.  I plan on riding my new Specialized Bike as soon as possible.”

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RESULTS: GCStage One and Two combined

Long Course (+-55km on Saturday and +-58km on Sunday)


1 Renay Groustra                                      05:34:57

2 Jean-Pierre Lloyd                                   05:39:19

3 Craig Uria                                                   05:45:43


1 Ila Stow                                                      06:38:22

2 Marleen Lourens                                   06:38:22

3 Tanya Rabie                                              07:15:12

Short Course (+-28km on Saturday and +-29km on Sunday)


1 Daniel van der Walt                               02:49:11

2 Ico Coetzee                                              02:59:51

3 Tjaart van der Walt                                03:00:09


1 Christine van der Walt                         03:55:16

2 Sannelize Janse van Rensberg          04:02:27

3 Mikayla Forrester                  04:10:49

Medium Course (+-55km on Saturday and +-29km on Sunday)


1 Daniel Groenewald                               05:08:11

2 Rory Harris Smith                                   05:14:38

3 Unathi Msophi                                        05:38:17


1 Justine Laver                                            06:08:06

2 Elrita Blignaut                                           06:26:36

3 Robyn Tully                                               06:51:19

For more information on the BUCO Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email

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