SA’s “MTB Party” of the year, the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience, closed off on a high note on Sunday, 01 December 2019, with mountain bikers being treated to a spectacular 50 – 60km route (Marathon) or 28 – 30km route (Half Marathon), experiencing the best routes on offer in Stellenbosch before crossing the finish line at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate.

Laura Stark (Germany) claimed gold in the Marathon (50 – 60km) at the seventh annual Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience.

Laura completed the two stages of the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience marathon in a combined time of 05 hours 23 minutes 08 seconds.

According to Laura, she suffered more during Stage Two as temperatures were much higher. “This stage had a lot of new trails. I didn’t know most of the trails except for G-Spot (referring to an infamous section on route).  It was great. I especially enjoyed the section through the forest. It was really nice. The two days were amazing. It’s definitely better than last year. I really enjoyed riding it.”  Nicole Schafer came in second, while Lehane Oosthuizen finished third.

The Half Marathon (28 – 30km) was won by Nienke Mostert in a combined time of 03:39:08, Cecile Coetzee came in second, while Lynne Vermeulen finished third.

“Unapologetically bold, Savanna is proud to be the title sponsor of SA’s MTB Party of the year,” says Kavir Gangiah, Media, Sponsorship and Events Manager Distell Southern Africa.

“Savanna launched a category breaking new innovation in 2019, the first non-alcoholic cider in the SA market. Riders were proudly treated to an ice-cold Savanna Non-Alcoholic Lemon in the Chill Area once they had crossed the finish line. We thoroughly enjoyed our first year as title sponsor and are excited to see what the 2020 event holds in store,” Gangiah ended.

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Laura Stark (Germany) claimed gold in the women’s Marathon (50 – 60km) at the seventh annual Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience on Sunday, 1 December 2019. Photo: Tobias Ginsberg

 

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