Hemel and Aarde Marathon 2020

The Race is an escape from the average marathon and although most marathon runners will use the race to achieve a PB many runners will take a leisurely pace to experience the dazzling beauty of the race.


Tesselaarsdal MTB fun Ride

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Greyton and Hermanus are commonly known for their unique character, clean air, mountains, whales and wines. During spring the farm landscapes of Greyton are transformed into beautiful wheat green and yellow canola fields.

At the same time hubbly bubbly happy whales enjoy the warmer ocean waters of Hermanus. But these towns have also become favourite mountain bike destinations, due to amazing MTB trail networks supported by great local cuisine, diverse accommodation and their weekend breakaway characters.

Quite recently another gorgeous item was added to the town’s menu’s; craft beer. The Old Potter’s Brewery in Greyton and The Brewery @Hemel-en- Aarde in Hermanus, have become popular stops for mountain bikers and tourists, to quench a thirsty throat with a delightful and variety of good craft beers. The Germans established October as the Beer festival month thousands of years ago. That’s why the Old Potters Brewery and The Brewery are keen to invite you to the B2B October Fest and MTB Challenge on Sunday 6 October 2019, from Greyton to Hermanus (85km and 1550m ascent).

Hemel & Aarde Nissan Trailseeker – 6 July 2019


The Nissan Trailseeker returns to the magnificent valley of Hemel & Aarde close to Hermanus in 2019. The area flaunts a diverse array of mountain biking trails catering for all levels of riders. With panoramic views of vineyards surrounded by majestic mountains and glimpses of the coastline, it is no wonder that the area seems like it’s heaven on earth. The Hemel & Aarde routes have claimed their fame from the Wines to Whales and the Cape Epic and need no introduction, but exciting new additions to the routes will ensure a memorable time on the bike for all. Riders can choose between 10km, 20km, 40km and 70km routes on offer. The valley provides visitors with endless opportunities to explore with a variety of different activities to try and new things to discover, perfect for the school holidays.



Wine Village Trail Countdown – Vine to Valley

The Wine VillageWV



Saturday, 25th May 2019


The Wine Village, Hemel-en-Aarde offers a unique valley trail run experience, 6km, 12km & 18km trail starting at 8:30am at the Wine Village. The route offers exquisite single track, forest track and mountain top views. Distances and costs are, 6km – R120, 12km – R150, 18km – R180, Teens 10 -18y – R70 & kids under 10 run for FREE. Purchase your tickets online for four or more of the runs and you will receive a Civvio Vine to Valley running vest to the value of R240 (*the first 100 entries). Purchase a ticket for seven or more runs online and receive a Civvio Vine to Valley running vest worth R240 and a Hydration Pack work R599. (*First 10 Entries). Each runner will receive a medal, free wine tasting and free beer tasting. Breakfast and kiddies play area will be available. Book Now, don’t miss out! 

Vine to Valley 

Wine Village 

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HI-TEC WALKERBAY XTREME adds stage races to event mix

HI-TEC WALKERBAY XTREME adds stage races to event mix

A 2-day MTB stage race, 2-day trail running stage race and a night run have been added to the event mix offered by the HI-TEC Walkerbay Xtreme (WBX), a multi-day adventure sports festival returning to Hermanus for a fourth time from 26 to 28 April 2019.

“We are constantly looking for ways to make this event even more exciting and inclusive. Hermanus is a hotspot for adventure sports and we invite all sport lovers, no matter what their ability, to study the events line-up and choose two or even three events to challenge themselves,” says Gerhardi Odendaal, CEO of Old School Group (OSG). OSG co-own and run the event in close association and partnership with Hermanus and its people. The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme is also backed by sponsor Hi-Tec, the Hermanus Business Chamber and Hermanus Tourism.

The three new items offer participants an even greater selection. 

“Stage races as well as night runs are becoming increasingly popular and we wanted to incorporate them into our event because we know that there is a market for it. Along with the triathlon, the MTB races and trail runs are key events for us and we want to offer our athletes who thrive in these disciplines the opportunity to challenge themselves even further,” adds Odendaal. 

The Valley Xtreme MTB (MTB stage race) takes place on 26 and 27 April and participants will ride approximately 60 km per day over the two days. The routes will take them to the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley where participants in the ABSA Cape Epic competed only a few weeks ago. The Blue Mountain Xtreme (trail run) will also be held on 26 and 27 April, and includes stages of 19,1 km and 21 km. Both items offer scenic routes and amazing views over mountain and sea.        

Sport lovers who do not want to take part in a stage race, can choose between three distances (20 km, 35 km and 60 km) in the MTB race or two distances (21 km and 9 km) in the trail run on the Saturday.         

The third new item on the menu is the Twilight Xtreme (night race) – a 7,1 km run on Hermanus’s famous Cliff Path on 27 April. The first 50 entrants will receive LED Lenser head torches with their entry.

With 14 events to choose from, the Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme offers something for everyone – from adventure seekers, professional athletes and fitness fanatics to recreational outdoor enthusiasts looking for a new challenge and a fun-filled sporting holiday in one of SA’s favourite adventure sport hotspots.

All the old favourites are back too – the Big 6 Xtreme, sprint triathlon, MTB criterium, open water swim, cliff path runs and street mile – as well as the exciting swim-run-jump challenge, guaranteed to get the adrenalin pumping.

The 2019 Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme offers prize money in excess of R100 000 split across a number of events. The Big 6 Xtreme will be held over the course of three days and participants will share a R30 000 prize purse.

“The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme is multi-faceted, bringing in elements of family bonding, friendly competition, outdoor activity, and a sense of unity, all in what I consider to be one of the most beautiful towns in South Africa,” says Dan Gluckman, sports coordinator at Old School Group.

The big question is: which event(s) will you take part in to #findyourxtreme? Enter online at www.walkerbayxtreme.com

For more information, follow Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme on Facebook (www.facebook.com/walkerbayxtreme), Twitter (@walkerbayxtreme) or Instagram (@walkerbayxtreme).

The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme is backed by Old School Group, a leader in Sports Tourism and renowned for their award-winning sporting events. oldschoolgroup.co.za

Media enquiries: Gerhardi Odendaal – 079 895 0589



08h00 Valley Xtreme MTB 60km (STAGE 1)

09h00 Blue Mountain Xtreme TRAIL RUN 20km (STAGE 1) BIG 6

15h30 Windsor Marine Mile Sprint RUN 1.6km BIG 6

16h15 Cliff path Xtreme FUN RUN 12,2km

17h00 Cliff path Xtreme FUN RUN 5,6km


07h30 Valley Xtreme MTB 60km (STAGE 2)

07h45 Valley Xtreme MTB 35km BIG 6

08h00 Valley Xtreme MTB 20km

08h15 SurfSki 8km/16km

08h15 Blue Water Xtreme SUP 500m/5km

08h30 Blue Mountain Xtreme TRAIL RUN 20km (STAGE 2)

08h45 Blue Mountain Xtreme TRAIL RUN 10km

11h00 See & Sand SWIM-RUN-JUMP 400m swim/1.5km run/ jump/400m swim/1km run/500m swim BIG 6

14h00 Urban Xtreme MTB CRITERIUM 800m Laps with multiple heats

18h00 Twilight Xtreme NIGHT RUN 7.1km


08h00 WBX Sprint TRIATHLON 600m swim/ 23.7km cycle/5.6km run BIG 6

11h00 WBX JNR TRIATHLON 150m swim/5km cycle/2km run

10h30 Strongman Xtreme Deadlift and Squat

12h30 Strongman Xtreme Walk/sled pull/truckpull

12h00 Open Water Xtreme SWIM 600m

12h15 Open Water Xtreme SWIM 5km

13h00 Open Water Xtreme SWIM 2.5km BIG 6

ABSA Cape Epic – March 2019


The 2019 Absa Cape Epic route has been revealed! 

The Untamed African MTB Race.

Eight days, 624 kilometres and 16 650 meters of climbing – the bare statistics tell less than half the story. Rugged mountain trails, bone jarring dual tracks, windswept gravel roads and, yes, sand lie between the Prologue at the University of Cape Town and the trail to the Grand Finale at Val de Vie Estate. This is a reflection of modern Africa, where urbanization spreads to the edge of wilderness – riders will roll out of celebrated towns, straight into the hinterland where heaven and hades are the opposite sides of the same coin. 

 2019 Route

Heaven and Back to Earth

Relentless. Attritional. A return to the Absa Cape Epic Stage 1’s of old and the Hemel en Aarde Valley. Rotary Drive, the La Vierge stairs and the Paddocks set the tone for a day of relentless ascents before the day’s first spectator point at Creation Wines. Then it is onwards and upwards towards the Dimension Data Hotspot near the summit of the Katkloof Climb. Baked by the summer sun it will be littered with loose pebbles, clinging precariously to a shifting sand surface. In the wheat fields of Overberg, rolling roads provide momentary respite before the war of attrition resumes on the slopes of the Babilonstoring Mountains, then descending into the Tesselaarsdal Valley – where in 2017 many an Epic dream was dashed. Turning for Hermanus and home it is downhill in theory – but reality and Charley’s Babe have other ideas. The Gorge, in the final fifteen kilometres provides the day’s Land Rover Technical Terrain and one of the most exhilarating approaches to an Absa Cape Epic finish line yet. There is still one final sting in the tail though; the Water Works climb, designed to bring a tear to eye of those who failed to prepare. 


Enter Sandman

A teaspoon of cement is in order for the first move day of the 2019 Absa Cape Epic, as it packs challenge after challenge into its relatively brief 86 kilometres. Tyre choice and pressure are sure to be decisive on Stage 2 where 10 arduous kilometres within the first half of the day could prove definitive. The stage starts with an ascent of Rotary Drive before crossing out of the Hemel en Aarde Valley to the west – into the sandman’s playground. Dubbed The Machine, for the mysterious landowner known only by that moniker, it provides a steep ascent followed by the day’s Land Rover Technical Terrain, a rollercoaster ride along a trail carved out by motocross bikes. The key point of the stage is a brand new singletrack, cut into the Hottentots Holland Mountains by Wildekrans’ Braam Gericke. This 6 kilometre long climb gains over 500 meters in elevation and has been named the Wildekrans Tokoloshe. 


For more on the Absa Cape Epic visit the official website at www.cape-epic.com.


Paul, Joh & Johannes.


FinGlobal – Cliff Path Night Run – Wednesday 3 October 2018



  • These acclaimed and well attended night runs have become legendry with adventure runners and joggers alike. 
  • The 6km family fun run draws around 350 dedicated runners and joggers. 
  • The more adventuresome runners opt for the 10km cliff path run. A true night run, only you, your headlight, your heartbeat and the sea in your ears. 
  • Park your vehicle at Grotto Beach and make use of our FREE shuttles to the start lines.
  • Check out the beautiful unique whale tail medal!


6km FinGlobal Cliff Path Fun Run: 

From The Marine Hotel to Dutchies Restaurant at Grotto Beach – Hermanus

The FREE shuttle will leave Grotto Beach at 17:30 for The Marine Hotel.

Registration at The Marine Hotel will open at 17:00.

Starting at 18:30 at The Marine Hotel.

Prize Giving at 20:00.

10km FinGlobal Cliff Path Night Run: 

From the Hermanus New Harbour to Dutchies Restaurant at Grotto Beach – Hermanus.

The FREE shuttle will leave Grotto Beach at 18:00 for the New Harbour

Registration at New Harbour will open at 17:30.

10km run starts at 19:00 at the Hermanus New Harbour.

Prize Giving at 20:00.

This is a night run; a torch or headlamp is compulsory. Phone torch not sufficient!


Online Entry at www.entrytime.com [Close on Monday 1 Oct.]

10km – R130.00

6km – R70.00

Late Entry Fees:

10km – R150.00

6km – R80.00

Great cash prizes for men and lady winners.

Hydrate well, there will be no water station on the trail.

Full bar and food facilities will be available at Dutchies Restaurant.

Listen to the waves, feel your heart beating and enjoy the bliss of running in the dark, it is absolute fantastic!




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cashkows.com Cliff Path Night Run – Wednesday 5 October 2016


10km Cliff Path Night Run: From the Hermanus New Harbour to Dutchies Restaurant at Grotto Beach.
6km Cliff Path Fun Run: From The Marine Hotel to Dutchies Restaurant at Grotto Beach.

Plenty of parking at Grotto Beach, use our shuttle to the Marine Hotel and New Harbour and join us in one of these awesome runs.

6km Fun Run shuttle will leave Grotto Beach at 17:30.

Registration at The Marine Hotel will open at 17:00.

Fun Run will start at 18:00 with Prize Giving at 20:00.

10km Night Run shuttle will leave Grotto Beach at 18:00.

Registration at New Harbour will open at 18:00.

10km Night Run will start at 18:30 with Prize Giving at 20:00.

This is a night run, a torch or headlamp is compulsory. Phone torch not sufficient!


Online Entry at www.enteronline.co.za [Close on Monday 5 Oct.]

10km – R120.00

6km – R50.00

Late Entry Fees:

10km – R150.00

6km – R60.00

Great cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, men and ladies.

Whale Tail medal for all and Great Lucky Draw prizes at 20:00.

Hydrate well, there will be no water station on the trail.

Full bar and food facilities will be available at Dutchies Restaurant.

Listen to the waves, feel your heart beating and enjoy the bliss of running in the dark, it is absolute fantastic!


cashkows.com -What’s the red cow doing in town?

An international financial services brand founded in Hermanus. What do they do? “We full-fill the dreams of South Africans living abroad by moving retirement annuities, preservation funds and inheritances to their new home countries”. What else? They are patrons of Hermanus Rainbow Trust and sponsors of the Cliff Path Night Run.