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 Classic, hosted at Stanford Valley Guest Farm, which invites lovers of the outdoors to enjoy a fun, noncompetitive ride through the valley.
A weekend at the races
Happening on the weekend of 29 February to 1 March 2020, the event sees experienced MTB riders and newcomers alike taking part in either the long or short stages. That’s right, this event is for everybody – not just the pros. That said, Strava segment winners will be awarded for those who cannot resist racing!
Riders have the option of embarking on long or short distances on both days, as well as opting for a one-day entry. The long routes on Saturday and Sunday are 47km and 55km respectively, and the shorter options on both days are 27km and 25km.
Your entry also includes a (well-deserved) burger and chips after the ride – with a beer, glass of wine or a soft drink, overlooking the valley. There’ll also be food and drink stalls dotted around, and if you’d prefer an à la carte meal at Manor House, the farm’s acclaimed on site restaurant, call 072 198 0862 to reserve a table (for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner).
This year showcases the inaugural, custom-made single tracks between Stanford Valley and Paardenberg Farm. Experienced MTB riders will enjoy these skilfully sculpted routes, boasting spectacular scenery and exciting challenges.
And that’s not all – MTB riders can also expect exclusive routes through private wine farms including Hermanus Pietersfontein, Hartebeeskloof, Welgesind Winery, Sir Robert Stanford Estate, Goodwill Mountain Retreat, White Water Lodge, and Bluegum Estate. There will also be waterpoints and friendly assistance at Paardenberg Farm, Stanford Hills, and the newly renovated Oom Tat’s restaurant.
But with scenic rides through untouched fynbos and rolling farmlands, 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
084 228 0414 (Anneke Jacobs), firstname.lastname@example.org
082 927 7794 (Andries de Villiers)