Trail Angels excited to get more women to take on the Savanna Origin of Trails

Taking place at Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University on Saturday 19 November 2022 – Sunday 20 November 2022, SA’s ‘MTB Party of the Year’, the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience has attracted the attention of SA’s largest women-only mountain bike club, the Trail Angels.

Started in 2012, Trail Angels consists of an energetic group of like-minded women, who love to mountain bike. There are five riding groups to choose from based on fitness and skill levels – from those who are new to the sport and need a helping hand to get started, to those who want to compete in events.

“Our goal is to build a women’s mountain biking community that encourages more women to enjoy the sport in a nurturing, encouraging and supportive environment,” says Nikki Haywood, Trail Angels Founder and Owner. “We have created a community of women who support each other and do tough things together. We have amazing Bike Instructor Certification Program (BICP) qualified coaches who show empathy and encourage women to reach their full potential both on and off the bike.”

“Many of our members love being part of an event but are not competitive, so the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience is the perfect event for them,” continues Haywood. “I am really looking forward to taking part in a local two-day event that is non-competitive and encourages entrants to enjoy the trails. Our goal is to have as many Trail Angels there as possible to grow the sport of Women’s Mountain Biking, while showing the community that we provide a space for all female riders.”

For more information on the Trail Angels visit their website


EVENT INFORMATION2022 Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience


Date: Saturday 19 November 2022 – Sunday 20 November 2022
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+

  Entry FeeR1600.00
  Day 1:

Distance: +-45km

Total Ascent: 1350m

  Day 2:

Distance: +-48km

Total Ascent: 700m

  Half Marathon

Age:  18+

  Entry FeeR1400.00
  Day 1:

Distance: +-29km

Total Ascent: 600m

  Day 2:

Distance: +-31km

Total Ascent: 480m

Tented Village Party Package: includes tented accommodation, weekend meals and drinks, exclusive Pub Ride through Stellenbosch, and access to the MTB Party of the Year function on Saturday evening. R1,300.00 for two nights
Entries Open: Friday 05 August 2022
Entries Close: Tuesday 15 November 2022 or once full capacity has been reached


The entry fee includes:

  • An exclusive First Ascent Rider Jersey.
  • A Finisher Tee
  • Finisher Medal
  • Free massages on Saturday and Sunday
  • Access to world class routes that are usually not open to the public
  • Spectacular on route experience
  • A light breakfast with coffee on both days
  • A scrumptious lunch on both days (spit braai on Saturday and a beef sirloin steak braai on Sunday)
  • Complimentary drinks and refreshments
  • Well stocked water points (on route and in the race village)
  • Live entertainment (on route and in the race village)
  • Access to a fantastic Chill Area and the Savanna Oasis Bar
  • Access to the complimentary Savanna Bike Park & Wash
  • Access to hot showers
  • Fun sponsor competitions and giveaways


ROUTE INFORMATION: The Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience is an individual 2-day MTB Stage Race that is ideal for all mountain biking enthusiasts. Entrants can choose between a Full Marathon and a Half Marathon. The Full Marathon caters for mountain bikers that possess a moderate level of fitness and experience, while the Half Marathon is the perfect event for mountain bikers that are looking to have a fun experience on route. For a more in-depth route description visit stillwater

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