The objective is to give newcomers to multi-stage events (NOT newcomers to MTB) the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of scenic, fun and non-competitive riding. However, make sure that you are fit enough. Although the distances for both the Long and Short route are relatively short, it can be surprisingly tough. The routes are designed to accommodate riders of all levels of fitness. The route includes jeep track, flowing single tracks. There are sections which have never been included in a mountain bike event before. Be prepared to be physically and mentally overwhelmed by the breathless beauty of this virgin territory. The single tracks at Paardenberg are part of Country Bike Tours and trails, designed by the owner Andries de Villiers. Please note that most of the route is not accessible to public other than for the event purposes.
- Long distance: 46km with 1080m climbing
- Short distance: 27.7km with 725m climbing
For the 2018 event we are adding an extra 12km of stunning single track to Stage 1 of the Stanford Classic. The single tracks are authentically designed by Andries de Villiers of Country Bike Tours & Trails on his farm Paardenberg. Showing off the beauty of this fynbos region, these flowing and beautiful trails along the Paardenberg river is a fresh and interesting bonus to the original event.
- Long distance: 40km with 725m climbing
- Short distance: 30km with 570m climbing
Save your sprinting for the last day when riding through Panthera Africa. Those Lions might be interested in mountainbikers with a solid physical condition! For those who don’t know, the Panthera Africa is a Wild Cat sanctiory in the Stanford Valey region. If you do take the time to look around you, you will see them close up. Lots of surprises installed for our 2018 event.