Amidst frantic wedding preparations, well-known South African actress and TV presenter Vanessa Haywood is still managing to keep her cycling calendar up to date and has entered the second annual Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails 2-Day Mountain Bike Stage Race, that will take place in Stellenbosch on Friday, 28 November and Saturday, 29 November 2014, one month after her marriage to ultra-marathon runner, Ryan Sandes.

“I missed the inaugural event last year because I was away.  I was so bummed because I heard it was great,” says Haywood.  “I love riding in Stellenbosch and now have a great excuse to get out there and train on those beautiful trails.  I like the challenge that the sport of mountain biking presents.  I love pushing myself and seeing my riding improve over time.  I am crazy about stage racing particularly because of the social aspect.  I can’t wait to experience new trails and meet interesting people”.

“The whole wedding/race schedule thing has been a bit tricky,” laughs Haywood.  “I can’t do too many races before the wedding due to possible injury.  A black eye or roastie isn’t the best bride look.  I also don’t have enough time to train as the wedding is almost a full time job.  It is nuts!  This is also why I have opted to do the 40km race and not the 70km race.  So I am planning most of my racing for after the wedding and am really looking forward to it”.


The Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is an individual two day mountain bike stage race that combines a vast network of world class trails with beauty and exclusivity.  Riders are given the unique opportunity to experience a spectacular combination of single-tracks that have been previously unknown to the mountain biking community of Stellenbosch.  The goal behind the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails is to offer participants an unbelievable cycling experience, while raising funds to further trail building in Stellenbosch.

Be part of the action at this end of year mountain bike season celebration.   Choose between three entry options:  Long (70km and 70km), Medium (70km and 40km) or Short (40km and 40km).

    Stage One:        Friday, 28 November 2014

    Distance:                            +- 70km or +- 40km

    Start & Finish:  Stellenbosch


    Stage Two:         Saturday, 29 November 2014

    Distance:                            +- 70km or +- 40km

    Start & Finish:  Stellenbosch


   Option 1:  Long / 70km and 70km / R900.00 per rider

   Option 2:  Medium / 70km and 40km / R800.00 per rider

   Option 3:  Short / 40km and 40km / R700.00 per rider

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For more information on the Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails please contact Stillwater Sport & Entertainment on 086 138 3591, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com

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