Conrad Stoltz was in a league of his own on Friday, 29 November 2013 claiming a Stage One victory at the inaugural Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails 70km (long route) in a finishing time of 03hours31minutes11seconds.
“Now that was a mountain biker’s course,” said a very happy Stoltz. “Today was phenomenal, starting in the centre of Stellenbosch, my home town. It was great to be able to ride single track that is the best in the country. We had access to private property and valleys that I’ve never been through before. I actually took some time to look at the scenery”.
“I rode the stage like a time trial not stopping at water points,” continues Stoltz. “I did stop at a couple of rivers I am the cave man after all. Stage One was 3 ½ hours of hard riding. Specialized is the perfect mountain bike to have for this course and I feel sorry for any rider that’s not riding a Specialized bike today. The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails will definitely become one of the bigger events on the calendar in terms of fun”. Matthew Beers came in second, while Stuart Marais finished third.
Sharon Laws claimed victory in the women’s category of the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails 70km (long route) in a time of 04hours24minutes24seconds. “The route was amazing, but now I am hot and thirsty,” said Laws. “I have not yet looked at tomorrow’s route, but if today is anything to go by I am really looking forward to it”. Hanlie Booyens came in second, while Cherise Stander finished third.
Manie Lubbe was the first 42km (short route) rider to cross the finish line. “Today was lekker,” said Lubbe. “The single track was great and so was the vibe amongst riders. It’s clear that a lot of effort has gone into building these trails that feature everything from rocks to drops and more. I’m really looking forward to riding G-Spot tomorrow”. Lubbe’s finishing time was 02hours36minutes. Jacques Faurre came in second, while Bruce Poole finished third.
Amy Williams was the female rider to beat in the 42km (short route) crossing the finish line in 03hours11minutes23seconds. “Today’s route was great, tough with a lot of climbing, but great,” said Williams. “I totally underestimated today’s stage. It’s different to what we’re used to in Knysna, featuring a nice mix of terrain. I’m looking forward to the single track tomorrow. I love single track”. Gabrielle Chaizy came in second, while Carli Cooke finished third.
The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is an individual two day mountain bike stage race. Riders are getting the opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-track that to date has been unknown to the mountain biking community of Stellenbosch.
Starting in Church Street (Stellenbosch) and finishing at Paul Roos Gymnasium (Stellenbosch) Stage One saw mountain bikers either needing to complete a 71km (long route) or a 38km (short route).
Stage Two: Saturday, 30 November 2013
Distance: +- 68km or +- 42km
Start: Church Street (Stellenbosch)
07:00 / 68km (long route)
07:30 / 42km (short route)
Finish: Paul Roos Gymnasium (Stellenbosch)
Riders can stock up on energy at the much loved Bokomo Breakfast Zone that will be open from 05h30.
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