With its evergreen meadows, rolling hills, a plethora of exciting restaurants, and accommodation to suit every taste, the riverside village of Stanford has become a popular destination for out-of-towners flocking to the valley to enjoy and explore the diverse range of activities on offer. One such activity is the annual Stanford MTB Tour, recently renamed the Stanford MTB Classic, that invites lovers of the outdoors to enjoy a fun, non-competitive ride through the valley.
A weekend at the races
That’s right, this event is for everybody – not just the pros. Happening on 17 and 18 February 2018, the event will see experienced stage racers and newcomers taking part in either the long or short stages.
The short stages, which take place on Saturday and Sunday, feature a short 25km and 27km route, and are the perfect way to enjoy the magnificent views while getting in a bit of exercise. The long stages feature a 55km route (on Saturday) and a slightly shorter 45km route (on Sunday).
In addition to consuming some of the Western Cape’s best mountain biking routes, meals are available (at an additional cost), including lunch on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a dinner on Saturday night at Stanford Valley Guest Farm, where a hospitality area and bike-wash facility will be set up. If you have already booked for entrance without meals, but would like meals to be included, please email Anneke at email@example.com.
Apart from two new exciting sections being added to the event – the Beloftebos singletrack and the breathtaking (literally) climb to a saddle in the Perdeberg Mountains – there is also a new route for riders to try out. No matter which road you take you’re bound to come across some of the most spectacular views in the region.
Stay a while
While accommodation isn’t included in the ticket price, there are plenty of beautiful places to stay in and around Stanford. Stanford Valley Guest Farm will even provide luxury tented accommodation a mere 300 metres from the starting point, and will include a Rider’s breakfast on both mornings. The luxury tented accommodation cost R2 300 per tent for two nights and needs to be booked directly with Anneke Viljoen (084 228 0414 or firstname.lastname@example.org)