Press Release – 2019 Stanford MTB Classic
Headline: The Tennents Reign Supreme at the Stanford MTB Classic
Husband and wife, James and Lara Tennent reigned supreme at the 2019 Stanford MTB Classic – which took place from the Stanford Valley Farm on the 16thand 17thof February. The pair may have claimed comfortable victories but the local community should really be considered the winner as the entire field was treated to a superb weekend of riding in the Overberg.
The relaxed village of Stanford is perhaps better known for its craft beer, wine farms and quiet English Countryside feel than it is for mountain biking. It is unsurprising then that when mountain bike stage racing comes to town that the majority of the field is geared to soaking up the laid back atmosphere, rather than racing through the spectacular scenery. That said, whenever bicycles are ridden there has to be a race and the Tennents did not let winning affect their ability to have a good time at the Stanford MTB Classic either.
“It was a very well organised event and the food in particular was outstanding” James Tennent enthused. “The venue, at Stanford Valley, was great; the portable showers and ample parking on site made it stress free. Plus the route was thoroughly enjoyable, especially the smooth fast singletrack sections.”
Tennent’s praise for the route will please route director Andries de Villiers; and the local land owners who graciously granted permission for their farms to be traversed by mountain bikers for the two days. In excess of 35 private properties were crossed in the 105 kilometres of riding which highlights the exceptional community involvement in the event. Their assistance in creating a memorable weekend for all did not end there however, Coia de Villiers, marshalled the much praised water points while Elsabe de Villiers and Reinder Nauta – of Stanford Valley – hosted and fed the ravenous mountain bikers to the aforementioned glowing praise. All-told the community and Overberg MTB Events provided a timely reminder that just over the mountain from Cape Town lies an exceptional adventure playground.
2019 Stanford MTB Classic Results
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Please take note of the following important dates and times.
REGISTRATION AT STANFORD VALLEY GUEST FARM
Online entries for the event will close on 11 February 2019.
Late entries will be available at registration at an additional cost of R150 per person.
E- bikes are allowed at this event.
The event will start at 08:00 each day.
Tents will be available on Friday 15 February 2019 from 14:00 – Sunday 17 February at 11:00. Please note that you need to be out by 11:00 on Sunday morning. Showers and toilets will still be available for your convenience after the event. The camping area will be visible as you enter Stanford Valley Guest Farm. Bookings for tents are still available. Contact Anneke: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (084) 228-0414.
Prize giving will take place at 14: 00 on Saturday and 13:00 on Sunday. Please note that this event is untimed and only lucky draw prizes will be given to individuals and teams. Prize giving is compulsory as winners will not receive their prizes if they do not attend.
The Stanford MTB Classic
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 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 www.stanfordmtbclassic.co.za; 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 email@example.com.