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



Klein River Cheese Farmstead is a celebration of cheese, picnics and family. We exist to unleash the inner artisan in every one of us. We are not just creating cheese and picnics but inspiring chefs and romantics, nature lovers and healthy, family-centered ambassadors. Our cheese is a vehicle to join the artisan movement. Klein River Cheese Farmstead is not only about our products, it’s our culture.
From the land. About the land. Of the land. The supreme flavour, texture and aroma of a farmstead cheese links us to decades of history and country living. It connects us to the culture of the farmstead and to the circle of microbes, plants, animals, and people living in balance with one another and the environment.
Klein River Cheese crafts 4 styles and 11 types of exceptional and award-winning South African cheese. We have been producing cheese for over 25 years with only one cheese-maker, Jacko van Beulen. He has been with us since day one and has extensive knowledge and experience in cheese craft.
These days, people want fast, convenient and easy food. Sustainability, nurturing and health comes from slow, deliberate and the purposeful. It comes from the small things – the attention to detail. The land that cows graze, the quality of milk, the nurturing and art of the cheese-makers hand, the shuffle of the cheese brush and precision of the cheese cutter. Klein River Cheese crafts cheese. Real cheese slowly and purposefully.
For more information please visit or email or call 028 341 0693




Have you entered the Race2Stanford taking place on the 18th of November 2017?

A new breathtaking half iron distance triathlon taking place on 18 November 2017, with a route that begins in Hermanus & ends in the historical town of Stanford. A farm style festival awaits athletes, supporters and the local community ensuring a fun family weekend away.

The Route:
Swim 1.9km: Sea swim with start & finish at Hermanus Harbour
Cycle 90km : One lap cycle from Hermanus to Stanford via Caledon…over Shaw’s Pass
Run 21.1km : 3 loop trail & tar run in and around historic Stanford Village

Entry Fee:
Individual R1950
Team R1950 (incl. team specific swim cap, cycling top & run top)

Special Warmwater Package: Early entries qualify for non-transferable guaranteed early bird entry option to Warmwater Weekend.

Saturday 18 November
6:30-8:00am Bike Rack
8:30am – Race Start
Start Venue: Hermanus Old Harbour
Finish Venue: Stanford Village Park
Formats: Individual & Team Half Iron

Registration: Wednesday 15 November 2017 – in Cape Town (TBA)
Friday 17 November 2017 – 3:00pm to 8:00pm at Birkenhead Brewery (Stanford)
Race Briefing: Wednesday 15 November 2017 – in Cape Town (TBA)
Friday 17 November 2017 – 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Birkenhead Brewery (Stanford)

River Cruises
Enjoy a leisurely wine tasting river cruise, along the Klein River bordering the run route after the event. Bookings will open on 01 October

To enter visit

Stanford Full Moon Walk tonight


Bring your friends, children and dogs to this monthly Full Moon stroll. R30 adults, R10 children includes a complimentary bevvy. Meet at the Tourism Office and bring a jersey as it still gets quite cold as the sun sets. Funds raised this month go to Stanford Conservation Trust for all the work they are doing to throw a fitting 160th anniversary celebration weekend for Stanford (22-25 September)

The Stanford River Festival


The Stanford River Festival
Apr 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm  —  Apr 9, 2017 @ 2:00pm

Join us for an amazing weekend away in Stanford.

A great opportunity to mix SUP, Surf ski and Kayaking in an awesome relaxed environment. Funds raised go to the Stanford Canoe Club Development Academy.

7 – 9 April 2017
Entry Fee: R100 per paddle | R50 Under 23’s

** All events start at the bottom of King Street

There is a Saturday Stanford Market. Lots of food stalls & refreshments – cool drinks & ice cold beer. There will be a lucky draw on both Saturday & Sunday with loads of prizes

For accommodation bookings:
Or call: 028 3410 340

For more info:
Felix: 082 492 7914

Gary: 082 552 3177

Evening cruise to clear the cobwebs 0-5km

**Registration from 07h30 at the bottom of King Street**
K1 – 15km WCC Presidents Trophy Race
K2, K3, Surf Ski -15km | SUP – 10km & 5km
Open Class | Sea Kayaks | Indians | All boats welcome | Guppies 5km
12h00: Guppy 2km
14h00: Prize-giving / Lucky draw at event start

Subject to course change due to water/weather conditions – R50 per paddle.
9h00: Stanford Hermanus 20km (Marathon Training) K1, K2
Stanford Hermanus Pursuit: 12km Tour. K1, K2, K3, Single Ski, Double Ski & SUP
12h00: Prize-giving / Lucky draw at Hermanus Yacht Club

For more info please visit

It’s the Stanford Street Festival this Sunday


Stanford Street Festival – 13 December 2015

The Stanford Street Festival is a celebration of summer in beautiful Stanford, one of the few Heritage Villages left in South Africa with its Victorian charm, original early-settlers village green, meandering river and beautiful Wandlepad.

Now in its third year the festival is expanding, and plans are afoot to make it even better and more exciting than last year.