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NISSAN TrailSeeker Western Cape Series #3 Hemel & Aarde

The magnificent valley of Hemel and Aarde will once again play host to the NISSAN TrailSeeker Western Cape Series. Majestic views over the valley and sea make this race something truly special.

With its generous offering of diverse trails, the valley remains friendly to riders of all fitness and technical levels. The routes are designed to be fun and the race is targeted at the young, the novice, the family, as well as at the experienced rider.

The NISSAN TrailSeeker series caters for those looking to get into mountain biking as a sport, the weekend riders and the family conscious. With great TV coverage, prize money and provincial points up for grabs, the serious riders may be drawn in to compete in the event as well.

Choose the idyllic life with sea, sun, whales and Mountain biking! We will provide meals and snacks while you share battle scars and war stories with your mountain bike buddies.

This event also features:

  • event for Wines2Whales
  • Bike wash
  • Massage area
  • Kiddies play area
  • Beer garden
  • Top medical services on site
  • Great goody bag
  • a true mountain bike experience making you grin from ear to ear!


Marathon [ 63km / 1365m Ascent – interactive map on right hand side under route maps ]

NISSAN TrailSeeker Western Cape Series #3 Hemel & Aarde - Marathon

Half-Marathon [ 36km / 776m Ascent – interactive map on the right hand side under route maps ]
NISSAN TrailSeeker Western Cape Series #3 Hemel & Aarde - Half Marathon

Fun Race [ 19km / 355m Ascent – interactive map on right hand side under route maps ]

NISSAN TrailSeeker Western Cape Series #3 Hemel & Aarde - Fun Race
Fun Ride [ 10km / 166m Ascent – interactive map on right hand side under route maps ]

NISSAN TrailSeeker Western Cape Series #3 Hemel & Aarde - Fun Ride

Date 8 October 2016
Venue Sumaridge Estate Wines, Hemel & Aarde, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa
GPS Location 34°22’07.8″S 19°15’20.9″E
Elevation 50m
Terrain Farm lands | Vineyards | Arid | Mountainous
Features Hand built trails | Bridges | Hiking Trails | 4×4 Trails | Dirt roads
Distances 10km / 19km / 36km / 63km
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25 Jun NISSAN TrailSeeker Western Cape Series #2 Grabouw Grabouw WESTERN CAPE
09 Jul NISSAN TrailSeeker Gauteng Series #2 Legends MX Donkerhoek GAUTENG
27 Aug NISSAN TrailSeeker Gauteng Series #3 Hazeldean Pretoria East GAUTENG
01 Oct NISSAN TrailSeeker Gauteng Series #4 Bundu Bash Buffelsdrift GAUTENG
08 Oct NISSAN TrailSeeker Western Cape Series #3 Hemel & Aarde Hermanus WESTERN CAPE
19 Nov NISSAN TrailSeeker Western Cape Series #4 Bosman Wellington WESTERN CAPE
26 Nov NISSAN TrailSeeker Gauteng Series #5 Diamond Rush Cullinan GAUTENG
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Camphill School Sports Challenge 2016

Welcome to 2016! What more fun for family and friends to join us on a day to explore, excite, and expire in the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley along the Onrust River. Hermanus is blessed with some of the most beautiful river and mountain trails in South Africa and Hermanus Adventures has set some new and very exiting trails to explore.[beware, the longer trails are more expiring challenges!]

The Sports Challenge is not a race! It is a day in the bush, a challenge with friends, a great way to meet new friends and to be able to ‘give’ to a very needy cause, Camphill School for children with special educational needs. Come and join us on the ‘farm’, meet the children and their carers, catch a breakfast roll, enjoy the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley and become a Camphill School Friend!

The Sport Challenge will also host the weekly Hermanus Park Run and regular Parkies may join in the exploring fun of our custom build rails.

The new routes and trails will be on Google Earth soon, so keep in touch. Visit for more info.

Safe training!


Hermanus Adventures and Camphill School Friend.


45km Mtb [loop] 35km Mtb 15km Mtb & Trail Run 8km Trail Run 5km Walk - Jog 2.5km Walk

NISSAN Trailseeker #3


NISSAN Trailseeker #3, Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hermanus @ Sumaridge Estate dominated by Buys and Stenerhag.

On Sat 8 Oct nearly 1,000 frantic mountain bikers set off on a challenge second to none in the Western Cape.

Riders from around the world took part, enjoying the great new Mtb paradise, created by Hermanus Adventures under the Planning Manager Deon Ferreira and Construction Captain Oom Schalk.

National and international riders enjoyed the various challenging trails, from great fynbos single tracks, mountain ridge jeep track and great downhills to some awesome river bank bush trails. Something for everyone.

2016? Yes, book the date! Saturday 8 October.

Philip Buys and Jennie Stenerhag showed their class as internationally successful racers when they claimed dominant wins in the men and women’s races respectively at the Nissan Trailseeker Hemel & Aarde mountain bike race in Hermanus, Western Cape at the weekend.

Buys, a multiple Cape Epic stage winner and national and continental cross-country champion, dispatched his closest rivals early on during the 65km race and charged to victory in a time of 2 hours 55 minutes 08 seconds. The SCOTT Factory Racing LCB team member was the only rider in the event to break the three-hour mark. Swiss ace, Konny Looser (Wheeler iXS) claimed second place, six minutes later with Adriaan Louw (Contego Swift) rounding out the podium places in 3:03:35.

For Stenerhag, the current Swedish national champion, it was virtually an individual time trial from start to finish. The in-form Ascendis Health rider finished an impressive 17th overall in a time of 3:26:12. Namibian champion, Vera Adrian (BestMed), finished a distant second in3:36:09, with Carmen Buchacher claiming third place another two minutes later.

Close to 1000 mountain bikers tackled the four distances on offer. Strong winds and rain later in the day made the scenic routes more challenging, but the race village at Sumaridge Wine Estate provided the usual Nissan TrailSeeker hospitality and comfort for both spectators and riders once they’d crossed the finish line.

“It was my first time racing in the region and I really enjoyed the trails. After I won the last Gauteng Nissan TrailSeeker event last weekend, I decided to make the most of my form and come down to do this one,” said Philip Buys.

“This is such a fantastic venue and the Advendurance guys always have a knack for finding and linking incredible trails for these events. I can really see the Western Cape Nissan TrailSeeker Series growing.”

“This was my first event back in South Africa and I loved the route. It was really tough. In Sweden we complete a 60-odd kilometre race in just over two hours and today it took me over three hours. This was real mountain biking with nice technical rocky sections, incredible views and fast downhills,” smiled a satisfied Jennie Stenerhag.

For more news, vimeos and photos visit

2015 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Western Cape
Round 3, Hemel & Aarde, 10 October 2015
Leading results
Overall men – 65km marathon:
1 Philip Buys (SCOTT Factory Racing LCB) 2:55:08
2 Konny Looser (iXS Wheeler) 3:01:17
3 Adriaan Louw (Contego Swift) 3:03:35
4 Nicol Carstens 3:05:08
5 Stephan Senekal 3:06:48
6 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse 3:10:05
7 Jurgens Uys 3:10:51
8 Jean de Villiers 3:12:26
9 Matthew Lombardi 3:12:39
10 Neil Bradford 3:15:34

Overall women – 65km marathon:
1 Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) 3:26:12
2 Vera Adrian 3:36:09
3 Carmen Buchacher 3:38:06
4 Ila Stow 4:05:32
5 Nicola Gilliomee 4:05:32
6 Hanli Cilliers 4:11:31
7 Kylie Hanekom 4:22:32
8 Zelda van Wijk 4:23:51
9 Kate Munnik 4:29:19
10 Sanja Murray 4:30:22

Overall male – 37km half-marathon
1 Edward Boschoff  1:43:17
2 Ian Lategan 1:46:00
3 Anrique Davids 1:46:20

Overall female – 37km half-marathon
1 Louise de Roubaix 2:05:06
2 Alison Morton 2:07:12
3 Beualah Buitendag 2:19:22 Night Run 2015


Dagsê almal

Dit was weereens ‘n fees van families en vriende wat die Nagwedlope geniet het. Sowaar een van die mees ongelooflikste byeenkomste in Hermanus. Die weer was pragtig, die mense het dit geniet en die atmosfeer was jolig met ‘n tikkie kompetiesie daarby. Hrermanus Adventures is opreg trots om saam met hierdie unieke wedlope aan te bied.

Nogmaal baie dankie vir julle volgehoue ondersteuning en deelname.

Daar was bykans 200 deelnemers [en twee brakke] met die familie wedloop by verreweg die meer populêre een. Van heinde en verre het hulle kom deelneem.

Daar is R2,000.00 aan Hermanus Rainbow Trust geskenk uit die inskrywings gelde.

Hier onder is die wenners. En al die fotos op

Nogmaals baie dankie. Ons hoop om julle weer in 2016 met ons te hê.



10km Gents

  • Chad Gordon
  • Rubin Schoombie
  • Charlie Jenkin

10km Ladies

  • Elbie de Kock
  • Caren Furst
  • Candice Holder

6km Gents

  • Luhann van Dyk
  • Eduan Naude
  • Jaco Theron

6km Ladies

  • Jansie Slabbert
  • Rina Parker
  • Megan Leppan

NISSAN Trailseeker – Western Cape MTB Series #3 – Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hermanus


Date :  10 Oct 2015

Venue :  Sumaridge Wine Estate, Hemel en Aarde Valley, Hermanus.

Terrain:  Farm lands | Vineyards | Arid | Mountainous I Everything!

Ascent:  70km – 1500m / 40km – 800m / 20km – 400m / 10km – 200m

Entry Limit:  1500 (70km – 500 / 40km – 600 / 20km – 300 / 10km – 100)

Features:  Hand built trails | Bridges | Hiking Trails | 4×4 Trails | Dirt roads


06:45 Riders Briefing/Leaders Jersey Handover

07:00 Start 70km

08:30 Start 40km

10:00 Start 20km

10:50 Start 10km

11:15 Winner of the Fun Ride 10km Expected

11:00 Winner of the Fun Race 20km Expected

10:15 Winner of the ½ Marathon 40km Expected

10:00 Winner of the Marathon 70km Expected

13:00 Prize Giving

General Info:

NISSAN Chill Area:

Come chill and relax in the NISSAN chill area.

Food & Beer Garden tent:

Get some great food at the food tent. Or some refreshments from the Beer garden, where you can sit and share your day’s experiences with your mountain bike buddies.

Kids play area:

Jumping castle and face painting for the kiddies!

We are glad to announce the third event in a new series of four events in the Western Cape that will make up the official Western Cape Marathon Mountain bike series for 2015. The series is targeted at the young, the novice and the family but also for the experienced rider. The routes are aimed to be fun and friendly, no technical and specialised bits that only the pro’s can ride. The series caters for those looking to get into mountain biking as a sport, the weekend riders and the family conscious.

With great TV coverage, good prize money with provincial points up for grabs, the serious riders are drawn in to compete into a festival of mountain biking.

The third event of the series takes place in Hermanus, where in the last two years a whole mountain biking revolutions has taken the little town by storm.

Back when the Cape Epic first came through the town there were just open sand roads that some mountain bikers did training rides on. Now with the help of Wines 2 Whales, Jan van Schalkwyk, Deon Ferreira and other passionate mountain bikers have been building trails that are reshaping the landscape around Hermanus! Making it a mountain biking playground that’s second to none.

 Choose the idyllic life with sea, sun, whales and Mountain biking! We’ll bring great meals and snacks, while you share the battle scars and war stories with your mountain bike buddies.

Route Description

Marathon – current distance 65km – 1500m ascent
The marathon distance will provide you with the very best experience that the Hemel & Aarde valley has on offer. You will race will be very diverse in its offering with long open climbs, jeep track, farm roads, fynbos trails, forest hand-built trails with great bridges and “roller coaster” like wooded paths. The route will be in a clock-wise direction and will first head up to the valley ceiling till you descend back down to the lower valley and onto the playground. Leave some juice in the tank as you will need to climb back up to the dam and around it to get to the finish line!

Half-Marathon – current distance – 37km – 800m ascent
The half-marathon will give you a great all round experience and a good taste for what’s on offer in the Hemel & Aarde valley! The route sets out in a clock-wise direction and will first take you up the valley before joining the marathon route for a short while, until splitting off onto some great single-track. A long steady climb will take participants back up the valley and around the dam to the finish.

Fun Race – current distance – 20km – 400m ascent
The fun race will give participants a nice countryside route on famous wines farms also heading clock-wise with scenic views over the valley.

Fun Ride – current distance 10km – 199m ascent
The fun ride will ride around the dam on dual track and farms roads, with views over the valley and across the dam.


Water point competition:

Come and tell us after the race which waterpoint you feel was the best, this ensures you get the best service possible! Waterpoints will have water and USN energy drink and treats

Bring your family along and make them all experience the excitement of mountain biking!

General Info : Click Here

NISSAN Chill Area:

Come chill and relax in the NISSAN chill area.

Food & Beer Garden tent:

Get some great food at the food tent. Or some refreshments from the Beer garden, where you can sit and share your day’s experiences with your mountain bike buddies.

Kids play area:

Jumping castle and face painting for the kiddies! Cliff Path Night Run – Wednesday 7 October 2015



10km Cliff Path Night Run & 6km Cliff Path Fun Run

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.

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

6km shuttle will leave Grotto Beach at 17:30; Registration at The Marine Hotel will open at 17:00 and the Fun Run will start at 18:00 with Prize Giving at 20:15.

10km shuttle will leave Grotto Beach at 18:00; Registration at New Harbour will open at 18:00 and the 10km Night Run will start at 19:00 with Prize Giving at 20:15. This is a night run, a torch or headlamp is compulsory.

Online Entry at [Close on Monday 5 Oct.]

10km – R120.00

6km – R50.00

Late Entry Fees:

10km – R150.00

6km – R60.00

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

Camphill School Sports Challenge 2015


It’s now a firm fixture on the Western Cape MTB and trail run calendars. The Camphill Sports Challenge has become a popular annual event for cyclists and runners and this year it takes place on Saturday 14 February.

MTB Rides, Trail Runs and Family Fun Walks in
the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus


Free coffee on registration


Children’s Activities: Amazing Race • Fun in the Pool • Treasure Hunt
Food • Refreshments • Ice-cream

For more info and bookings contact Camphill Office: 028 312 4949 or online entries @

35km Mtb Ride 25km Mtb Ride 15km Trail Run 15km Mtb Ride 7km Trail Run 3km Walk

Hermanus Whale Festival Sports Week


Good day all.

Hermanus Whale Festival Sports Week is gone and past and we had such great fun. More than 900 athletes participated in the three rip roaring events presented by Hermanus Adventures. Close to 2,500 friends, family and spectators had a ball of a time at all the finish line venues. Riders and runners agree; it was some of the best routes, best prizes, best Lucky Draws and most fun they have had in a long time! A much appreciated thank you to all our participants, it was great to have you back again and we hope to see you all again next year!

Visit for all the results and more than 400 action photos.

Keep your ears on the tracks; we will soon reveal the 2014 calendar.

To all our sponsors, we salute you for the dedication and support. We hope to have all of you on board again in 2015! Once again we would like to thank our sponsors; Royalty Sports as Craft sports apparel, High Season Guest Farm, Dutchies Restaurant, Coke (Worcester Minerals), Tuffy Bags, Due South, Oasis Water, Seeff Property – Hermanus, Curro Hermanus, Hermanus Toyota, Glider Eyewear, Momsen Bikes, Belinda Spratt Massage, My Design Printers and Artwork, Euodia Cycles and Wine Village. We had the great privilege to cycle and run on some of the most magnificent wine farms in the world and they also contributed to prizes: Southern Right Wine, Newton Johnson Vineyards, Sumaridge Wines, Spookfontein Wines, Creation Wines and Seven Spring Vineyards. Until next time.

Deon, Jan & Paul

Hermanus Adventures

Hermanus Whale Festival Trail Runs – Saturday 11 October 2014 – Update



Again Hermanus Adventures pulled out all stops leading runners on new trails, awesome single tracks and over bsome of the most beautiful river crossings.

The 20km Trail Run was hugely popular and the first man to cross the line, Lieuwe Boonstra in a time of 1hr23, said it is one of the best trail run courses in the Western Cape. A great compliment for the Hermanus Adventures trail building team. Mkandeli Mkhohlakali and Christo du Plessis, both local Hermanus runners, came second (1hr26min) and third (1hr34min) respectively. In the 20km ladies trail run Candice Davison in 1hr35min proved to be just too strong for Ingrid Peens in second place and Rita Terblanche in third.

Ignatius Matema in a dust busting time of 44min55sec took line honours with Petrofski Williams and our local runner Frank Gillion in second and third. Jansie Slabbert in a well-deserved time of 55min34sec was just too fast for Kiara Suttner and Oriole Viljoen. Oriole from Kenya was also the winner of the 6km Cliff Path Night Run.

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Hermanus Whale Festival MTB Challenges – Saturday 11 October 2014 – Update



On Saturday some 410 cyclists took part in the Hermanus Whale Festival Mtb Challenges. Hermanus Adventures has again stage these hugely popular events taking bikers into the Hemel en Aarde Valley. New single tracks, river crossings and mountain tracks were built to ensure every participant was challenge to their maximum. Curro Hermanus was the start and finish line and the school was most accommodating to make this event one of the most successful ever. The school also supplied scrumptious eats and drinks to a hungry crowd of family and friends how joined the action. Curro Kids entertained the youngsters with a jumping castle and all round fun.

The very challenging 50km Mtb was won by Jarred Haley in a very fast time of 1hr53min. Close on his back wheel was Craig Boyes and Scott Watermeyer, second and third respectively. A local lass, Jeanie de Villiers, was the first lady to cross the finish line at 2hr36min, Emma Pienaar rushed in second and Famke Allan came third. In the 30km Mtb Challenge Daniel van der Walt clocked in at 1hr35min with Shane Griddings and Marc Ruwiel fighting it out for second and third.

Kylie Hanekom was just too strong for the two Steyn sisters in the ladies 30km, clocking a time of 2hr02min.

In the 18km Mtb Challenge Luca Ruwiel, brother of Marc, out sprinted Josh Langton to win in 48min48sec with Josh crossing the line in 48min54sec. Nick Pearce was the third rider in. In the 18km ladies Landi Jordan in 53min37sec was just too strong for Lisa Finegan and Lauren Usher.

Thomas Rood, Brand Manager of Royalty Sport and Craft sport apparel, congratulated Hermanus Adventures on staging these hugely successful events and commits themselves to be back in 2015 as a sponsor.

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