The Race2Stanford Triathlon

Race2Stanford Triathlon – 24 April 2021

R2S is a challenging triathlon from the whale watching waters of Hermanus, through the Hemel & Aarde valley wine route, culminating in the historic & picturesque Stanford village.

Conditions on the day were perfect as swimmers lined up in the Hermanus harbour 24 April 2021 with one of the strongest fields in triathlon for over a year since Covid struck.

As the warm sun rose over the breathlessly calm glassy ocean in Walker Bay, 200+ brave athletes swam out into the turquoise new harbour. A 1900m swim course, laid out by the NSRI station 17 crew.

The oil painting looking golden pink sky and water were only separated by the pod of splashing wetsuits on the 2 lap course, surrounded by water safety craft.


The sound of African music & exciting commentary then Deputy Mayoress Elnora Gillion’s pre race blessing boomed over the microphone.

From 24 minutes to 1 hour, swimmers emerged from the crystal clear water and into Transition 1 for the bike leg to Stanford.  As the swimmers trickled in through the arch & across the slipway it was heard from those who could speak, babbling about starfish everywhere!

The bike leg at Race2Stanford is arguably the most challenging half iron course on earth.

Riders knew it would be a test of patience and control and most athletes managed to do that successfully in near perfect cool, windless conditions.

The steep and now infamous La Vierge and Shaws Pass climbs provided a massive challenge and equally large bragging rights to amateurs before hitting Caledon with a sharp right south before turning onto the Akkedisberg pass leading straight into Stanford.

The riders were safely escorted by exceptionally well received Police Traffic Services and the Think Bike motorised Marshalls which were especially necessary given the ongoing roadworks in the Overstrand region.

The beautiful 4 lap 21km run course took athletes from all over South Africa on a scenic tour along the ‘wandelpad’ around the quaint village of Stanford.

The bird filled trees along the Klein River provided shade and distraction for the now exhausted runners heading to the music filled and iced drinks laden vibe of the Village green, nestled under the church steeple, to crown a near perfect day out.

As the hot sun that rose over the swimmers in the harbour earlier in the day began to drop and cool down, athletes laughed, many almost in tears, as they collapsed over the finish line onto the grass.

Pretty much every single one acknowledged that it was “brutal but beautiful!”. This challenge, that took athletes anything from 4:17 to a staggering 10 hours and 10 minutes, is a very honest one, ideal for those who love to test their true limits in the great outdoors.

Powerful stories of many fascinating personal journeys were told along the way.

It’s true that anyone can achieve what they set their minds too.

“Congratulations to every proud finisher who ‘survived Shaws Pass’ and the happy teams that nailed the practice run towards solo efforts in 2022.

Thank you to the patient local harbour, walking trails and road users for putting up with the crowds. Many said it was “just so good to see tourists and events back after 14 months of lockdown”.

A big thanks also to event partners Seesa too who supported this event that has big ambitions by helping pay local community sourced helpers who were full of typical saffa gees when athletes needed an emotional lift.”

For more fantastic pics on the day visit R2S FB page.

And finally, from a proud village, we’d like to congratulate our very own local, Dirk Troost, on his 2nd successful R2S finish! See you next year, same time, same place!

Pura Soda Race2Stanford gearing up for an even better Western Cape Triathlon

In November 2017, one of the oldest towns in South Africa hosted the inaugural Pura Soda Race2Stanford half iron distance triathlon with great success. The inaugural race attracted elite local triathletes including Matt Trautman, Stuart Marais, JP Burger, World Multisport champion Robyn Owen, Kelly van der Toorn and Vicky Van der Merwe.


On the 10th November 2018 Bravo, the Hermanus Whale crier, will sound off the second Pura Soda Race2Stanford. Athletes begin their challenging day out in paradise with a 1.9km swim in the new Harbour of Hermanus before making their way by bike, 90km through the magnificent Hemel en Aarde wine Valley, over Shaws Pass via Caledon to run 21.1km in the quaint & picturesque historic village of Stanford.

This 70.3 mile distance triathlon will begin with 2 laps of chilly but stunning setting sea swimming before embarking on a brutally beautiful 90km point to point bike ride and topped off with 3 crowd inspired, scenic relatively flat 7km laps along the river and through the charming cottages and farm trails of Stanford. The finish will be celebrated in Stanford’s Olde English style village square.

Families and supporters can explore the local art and antique stores and have the opportunity to run 1 lap of the run or enjoy a short historical tour walk in the morning before setting up picnics at the finish on the green or the banks of the peaceful forest lined banks of the majestic Klein River. There are also boat cruises serving the celebrated local wines along the river which boasts over 200 different bird species of which 30 are endemic to South Africa.

The traditional farm style market on the village green will be the setting for the vibey bike-run transition and race finish line. Supporters & spectators will be served artisanal farm foods, cheeses, wines and craft beers. Make sure to try a G&P (Gin & Pura) also made with locally distilled Gin on the green or at the after party.


The event supports community involvement with locally sourced marshals, music, infrastructure, food etc and we plan to ramp that up as we grow. The response from the community has been fantastic since we left the route cleaner than we found it and filled many bed nights & restaurants which too will grow as our field increases over time.


After 2 years of planning, Cape Town’s first ocean swim half iron distance triathlon was a dream come true. Once the road through the famed Hemel en Aarde had been tarred we realised we had a world class, custom fit course with equally beautiful, yet still very challenging & rewarding swim, bike and run legs. To have athletes of the calibre of Matt, Stu, Robyn, Gabriella and Kelly who have raced all around the world confirming that we’d unearthed a gem and that they loved it was enough for our event crew and partners to raise more than a few glasses of the Overberg’s finest.


Price of entries are the best value on offer at only R1950 for an individual entry and R2350 for a relay team of 3. Visit for full race details and entry portal.


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For further information contact Electric Ink / Abre Roux on 021 438 5972 or