mountain biking

The Stanford MTB Classic

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The popular Stanford MTB Tour is rebranding and relaunching to become the Stanford MTB Classic; and while many of the aspects will remain unchanged new race director Anneke Viljoen has exciting plans to refine the event into a true South African classic.
Taking place on the 17th and 18th of February 2018 the Stanford MTB Classic remains a two day, untimed, stage ride – aimed at experienced mountain bikers who happen to be new to stage racing, and long-time stage racers looking for a change of pace. The relaxed and beautiful setting at Stanford Valley Guest Farm provides the perfect introduction to the event which will also visit other gems of the area like, Beloftebos and Hermanuspietersfontein.
Viljoen explains the changes which will differentiate the Stanford MTB Classic: “The objective of the Stanford MTB Classic is to give newcomers to multi-stage events (not newcomers to mountain biking) a weekend of sublime riding. The routes are diverse and scenic, but can be surprisingly tough though, so don’t come unprepared. We will also be creating a race village at the start/finish line at Stanford Valley, where riders will be served three meals – two lunches and a dinner, which are included in the entry fee – and we are sure this will help ease any weary bodies after a fairly challenging day on the bike.”
At the heart of the updates for the event is the new route. For 2018 it will take in more challenging and rewarding sections to better showcase the area. Two particularly exciting new sections are the Beloftebos singletrack and the climb to a saddle in the Perdeberg Mountains. The Beloftebos singletrack winds its way along the Waboomsrivier – which it crosses via a suspension bridge and a floating bridge, amongst other crossings – gliding between stands of bluegum and wattles on smooth surfaces. The climb from Beloftebos to the Perdeberg Mountain saddle, which overlooks the race village at Stanford Valley, is undoubtedly a challenging one; but it is also exceptionally rewarding. The climb offers spectacular views over the Papiesvlei valley, within which Beloftebos and Hermanuspietersfontein lie nestled. The reward though comes from the summit where an exhilarating descent to the finish awaits, concluding the opening day on the perfect high note.
The Stanford MTB Classic will feature two relatively short stages, at roughly 55 and 45 kilometres in length, which provides experienced stage racers with enough distance to ensure a good workout without challenging the newcomers to stage racing with days that prove to be too long on the saddle. In addition to this, for the riders of a more social persuasion the Stanford MTB Classic will also feature short route options, of just 25 kilometres per day. The shorter daily distances also ensure that riders have enough time to enjoy the attractions of Stanford off their bikes too. The foremost of these attractions for the Stanford MTB Classic will undoubtedly be the race meals at Stanford Valley. Included in the entry fee are two lunches, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and a dinner, on Saturday evening; which will help create a festive post-stage atmosphere in the race village, as riders sit down to relish the delicious catering provided by the Stanford Valley Restaurant.
Riders can also choose their own accommodation for the Stanford MTB Classic with options varying from the luxurious to the rustic and even to camping. But with the locations at or closest to the race village at Stanford Valley sure to sell out fast would be entrants are encouraged to book accommodation directly after they enter the Stanford MTB Classic.
Entries & contact details
Entries to the 2018 Stanford MTB Classic, which takes place on the 17th and 18th of February, are open and for more information on the Stanford MTB Classic please visit; like Stanford Classic on Facebook or follow @stanfordmtb on Twitter and stanfordmtb on Instagram. To download the high resolution versions of these images please click here. For more information on the Stanford MTB Classic please contact Anneke Viljoen on 084 228 0414 or via email at

Summer Holidays


Summer Holidays!

The Smmer Holidays are officially upon us so why not make Arabella Country Estate your base of operations these holidays? The Overberg region offers exciting adventures and outings to keep you and the kids entertained non-stop. Or alternatively you could just have fun on the estate with our golf course, swimming pool, segway tours of the estate, trail running and mountain biking routes and don’t forget about the famous Arabella Spa to indulge yourself at!

See you there!

Visit the Fernkloof Nature Reserve


The Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus has activities on offer for all!

Walk; Run; Cycle on the Yellow route; Birdwatch; Photograph; Picnic; Discover fantastic flowers; Enjoy great views; Stay in the Galpin Mountain Hut; Buy local plants; Go geocaching; –or just sit and soak up the beauty!

Walking trails

  • A 60 km network of paths traverses the Reserve.
  • Maps and brochures are available at the Visitors’ Centre or the Fernkloof Nursery.
  • The colour coded paths are well graded and signposted.  Occasional benches allow for rest and an opportunity to enjoy magnificent views over Walker Bay.
  • Choose from paths that take you to the heights of Aasvoelkop at 824m or follow the lower level contour paths that take you from Vogelgat Nature Reserve in the east through to Rotary Way in the west.

A popular walk for youngsters is the 800m path from the Visitors’ Centre to the waterfall.  This also follows a stream through a narrow stretch of forest. There is a bench by the little waterfall and a forest pool.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at ALL times and are only permitted on the lower paths, BLUE and YELLOW routes.

Guided walks
Book a guided walk through the Reserve for which a small charge is levied.
Contact Vic : +27 (0)82 7855145

Cliff Path
The Cliff Path, running for almost 12km along the Hermanus coastline from Grotto beach to the New Harbour is also part of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. It offers a totally different experience, a level walking surface, mostly wheel-chair friendly; coastal-,sea- and land bird watching, whale watching in season and enjoyment of fynbos species which are not found at higher altitudes. Dogs are welcome on the cliff path if leashed. Cliff Path Brochures are available from the Visitors’ Centre in the Reserve.

The Hermanus Cycle trail leads east from the Fernkloof gardens, crosses the Mossel River and runs above Voelklip turning south and west again at the Vogelgat boundary.
Contact Hermanus Cycles : +27 (0)82 9323938 (Office Hours)

Fernkloof Nature Reserve gardens
Picnic and walk in the landscaped Nature Reserve gardens, a tranquil alternative to hiking. Most of the paths are wheelchair friendly, there are plenty of benches and a small playground for children. The amphitheatre area is bounded by stone walls and includes a fern garden and a drinking fountain. Learn about our indigenous trees in the arboretum situated at the lower end of the garden.

Visitors’ Centre
Learn about the fynbos. The Visitors’ Centre has a freshly labelled display of flowers picked in the Reserve. Maps and brochures available. The various hiking trails radiate out from the Centre.

Indigenous Nursery
Visit the Fernkloof Indigenous Nursery where you can purchase from a large selection of indigenous plants suitable for local conditions.

For more information please visit

The Greyt Escape Weekend


The Greyt Escape Weekend

The Greyt Escape. Get a wake-up call before entering the winter season and come and challenge yourself by riding the most beautiful and phenomenal variation of trails, the town of Greyton and surrounds will offer you! Greyton is part of the 2017 Cape Epic and it’s showing off its beauty and potential to mountain bikers who has never gone there before. The variation in riding The new Premier Winter 3 day Stage race will keep you interested enough to actually enjoy a seriously challenging route prepared for you. This 3 day Stage race will get you sorted for the Knysna Oyster Festival MTB race later in the season, so make sure not to miss this amazing new event!

Race date: 16-18 June 2017

Entry fees for the 3 Day MTB stage race as follows:

1) Solo entries: R4200 p/p

2) Team entries: R8000 per team

Approximate distance: 61km. Elevation: 1270m
The longest but perhaps easiest stage to get you warmed up and into the mood.
Roadies will have to secure a proper lead here as things get more technical as the weekend progresses!

A start on jeep track opens up onto fast rolling farm roads that lead straight into the beast of the day – the increasingly famous UFO climb. The fame is as much for the great elevation that you gain as for the stunning Middelplaas single track that now stretches all the way from the dizzy heights to the river below. After this there is chance to tuck in again and make up some time before the final singles crossing the old bridge and skirting in front of Genadendal. A final climb up from Boschmanskloof drops you via swooping single track into the race finish at the Uitkyk Primary school.

Day 2:
Distance: 60km. Elevation: 1250m
This more punchy route follows the spine of the old Greyton Classic route but cuts a bit of boring distance to give you a killer compact day of fun.
A bunch splitting climb up and over into Happy Valley sends you onto an open section before the fun starts. First the Oewerzicht trails followed with a quick connection through a bit of Greyton village singles to the blue hippo climb. This drops you down around the dam and then up another bit before flying down to the tepee village. Another connection brings you to the Oaks singles – saving the best for last so leave something in the legs if you need to accelerate past the Ngunis. The last run past the Nguni fynbos camp and through the Casy is one continuous 200m descent.
Your picnic on the Oaks lawns have been well deserved!

Day 3:
Distance: 47km. Elevation 1145m
Short and sharp, and fun! This stage is an action packed selection of the close to home Greyton trails. If you can climb, and know how to descend there is still time to climb a position or two on the GC.

Maermanskloof (maybe called that because the thin guy has the advantage on this climb!) is the first climb of the day. Get this one in the bag and then blast some of the liaison singles to the beast of Bakenskop switchback climb and single track heaven on Buffalo ridge. Drop down, and catch your breath on your way to Bereaville for Davey’s sprocket and Rocky Horror and your last treat of the weekend that will send you flying into the finish.

For more information or ro secure your entry please visit or contact:

Anneke Viljoen
084) 228-0414


Petie Viljoen
082) 323-3502

Quickly get your entries in now for the Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge

CellCArabellaMTB Challenge

Already a familiar favourite amongst mountain bikers and trail runners in the Western Cape, the newly named and taken over by Stillwater Sports “Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge,” promises to be your best MTB Stage Race experience to date. 5 Star treatment at the beautiful Arabella Hotel and Spa in Kleinmond, as well as stunning and brand new MTB trails to be experienced. This is the 5 Star MTB Stage Race of the year, with a truly community based feeling which focuses on building the Overstrand Community and leaving a legacy along the routes.




With more than R56million in property sales to date this year, property sales at Arabella Country Estate have continued their rise since 2013. “This year 14 properties within the estate have been sold, with plots ranging from R500k to R700k and homes from just under R3million to over R8million,” says Dirk Uys, Estate Manager at Arabella Country Estate.