Are you ready to stretch those legs and get out and about in 2019? We’re showcasing the best of the Cape Whale Coast’s outdoor and adventure events and we can’t wait for you to come and explore our gorgeous part of the Cape with us. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to pack up your gear and road trip, here are 5 great performance and sports events that’ll have you racing to the Cape Whale Coast in the next few months.
1. Stanford MTB Classic
When: 16-17 February
If you’re looking to explore 2 stages of around 45km each, and you’re new to multi-stage events (not MTB itself), this non-competitive weekend is just what you need. Explore jeep and single tracks with a max climbing per stage of 950m while taking in the “relaxed country village atmosphere”, scenic fynbos surrounds and more. Info here.
2. Lighthouse to Lighthouse Marathon
When: 23 – 24 February
“If you’re looking to ride a unique MTB experience in 2019, then the Lighthouse 2 Lighthouse is the event for you. On 23 & 24 February, 2019, enter as a 2-man team or single rider on this two-day event. Hosted by The Lions of Gansbaai, the L2L has been running for 18 years with all proceeds going to charity projects in the Southern Cape.” – More info here.
3. Stanford River Festival
When: 2 March
Join us for our annual river festival right here in the village. Organised by the Stanford Canoe Club, the even marks the opening of the Western Province Canoe Club season. With around 20km to paddle, kayak or SUP the event is a great day out for water enthusiasts and families alike. Contact: Wilien van Zyl firstname.lastname@example.org
4. ABSA Cape Epic 2019
When: 18-19 March
Hermanus hosts Stage one, as well as the start of Stage 2 for this year’s ABSA Cape Epic. Come cheer on the riders as they complete 112km on the first day before heading off for an 86km trek to Oak Valley Estate. It’s not called the EPIC for nothing! More info here.
5. Hi-Tec Walkerbay Extreme
When: 26-28 April
Something for everyone’s adrenalin needs at this epic sports adventure weekend in and around Hermanus. “The event features a host of sporting activities from running, swimming and cycling to functional fitness, paddling and SUPing.” Spectators and families alike enjoy the atmosphere while cheering at these multi-disciplinary events. Don’t miss out on the extreme action this April. More info here.
Stanford is conveniently located between both Hermanus and Gansbaai – ideal for accommodation, restaurant and recreation options during these events. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and What’s On for more great #capewhalecoast sporting events throughout the year. #visitstanford and make it your most active year yet!