Overview & Facts

The Houw Hoek Tour is a non-competitive 2 day MTB stage event. The objective is to give MTB’s and 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 as each of the two stages are approximately 50 km, mostly on gravel roads (including jeep and single tracks) and that you can and love riding single tracks.

Event Dates: 5 & 6 May 2018
Start venue: Houw Hoek Inn, Elgin
1st Finish venue: 5 May – Houw Hoek Inn (on the lawn at the back of the Inn – See http://www.houwhoekinn.co.za/largemap.html for map)
2nd Finish venue: 6 May – Whalehaven Winery at Wine Village at the Hermanus & Sandbaai robot intersection (See http://www.hpf1855.co.za/winery/cellar-location for map)
Start times: 08h00 on both days
Entries: Online entries open at 08h00 on 2 March 2018 – ONLY 900 available entries
Registration: 16h00 – 20h00 on 4 May at the Houw Hoek Inn & 06h00 – 07h30 on 5 May at the Houw Hoek Inn

Entry fee: R 850 per person (individual entries, not team entries), which excludes a Houwhoek event T-shirt, accommodation and meals. An event T-Shirt can be ordered @ R 100 and a long sleeve viscose sweater @ R 200.

Luggage transfers: Drop your bag on Sunday morning before the start of the Tour at the Registration venue and we will transport your bag from the Inn to Whalehaven Winery.

Route Information and Profile

Stage 1 of the 2017 Houw Hoek Tour:

  • The first 10 km to Thandi (Water Point 1 at 15 km) is different as it by-pass Lebanon Village, with sufficient open roads to limit bottle necks;
  • From Thandi WP, up the switch backs, along the railway line, via Kromco and then into Paul Cluver;
  • NEW – we’ve eliminated Kili Hills 1 & 2, as the Rietfontein damwall was increased with 9m and we’ll build an alternative route to Witklippieskloof, (at 450m);
  • From Witklippies down to the Amphitheater (Water Point 2 at 25km), in the Bike Park to cross Raka, Swing, Kransvoel and the Ark;
  • Then test your skills on the Cobra switchbacks, if you walked / battled, then take the non-technical alternatives at Mamba and Pofadder;
  • From the Jakkelsriver Dam the same route back to Houwhoek Inn, with a T Split option, Left technical or Right non-technical, near the Finish.

Houw Hoek MTB Tour 2017 Stage 1

Stage 2 is a winner and stays the same as last year (although an easier option has been added near the end – see below)




The Houw Houk Tour gives you the opportunity to cycle some of the W2W RACE routes. The Tour also aims to let you explore and experience what a multi-stage event is all about and offers a relax and supportive atmosphere as no timing is done.

Stage 1 starts at 08h00 on Saturday 5 May 2018 and finishes at the Houw Hoek Inn. This stage includes the Thandi, Paul Cluver, Korteshoven and Houw Hoek single tracks. New single tracks have been added in Paul Cluver, eliminating Kili Hills 1 & 2.

Stage 2 starts same time on Sunday 6 May 2018 from the Houw Hoek Inn. The route takes you down the historic Katpass, via Beumont and the Wildekrans Winery trails, along the Botriver. Onto the Karwyders tar road, over the Steel bridge and then on single tracks that link the four historic cottages on Bot river farm. At the De Bos damwall you turn right down the Onrust river into the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, along Jan’s beautiful single tracks. 


Winners: 2 hrs for each stage, whilst the “leisure riders should finish within 4 hrs


The following accommodation sites offer a variety of sleeping facilities, within a 10km radius from the Houw Hoek Inn. Arrange own accommodation.

Aanhouwen Cottageshttp://www.summerescape.co.za/accommodation/aanhouwen-cottages-2358082 299 5667Self-Catering

072 214 2510
Apple Mountain Guest Farm 021 849 8771Guest House

Applecreek True North
072 214 2510
Arabella Hotelhttp://www.africanpridehotels.com/arabella-hotel-spa.html028 28400 00Luxury Hotel
Avolonte Lodge
www.avolontelodge.co.za021 859 2222
Self-catering Cottages
Back2Basicswww.b2bcamps.co.za021 849 8519Campsite 
Barton Villaswww.bartonvillas.co.za028 284 9283Self-Catering
Beaumont www.beaumont.co.za028 284 9194 Cottages 

Bodemloos Cottage
021 846 8298

Botriver Hotelhttp://www.bothot.co.za/ 028 284 9640Backpackers
Brookelands Stone Cottagewww.elginfarmstay.co.za082 658 5744Self-Catering
Button Quail Tents
www.buttonquail.co.za072 820 6166
Luxury Tents

Coot’s Cottage
021 849 8692


Eikenhof Lapa Cottages
082 805 6517

Elgin Hills Tented Campwww.elginhills.co.za021 846 8119Luxury Tents
Elgin Training Centrewww.elf1.co.za021 848 9413 / 082 761 0719 for Ilze BeyersBackpackers
Galileo Farmwww.galileofarm.co.za021 849 8692/ 076 151 0035Self-Catering
Glen Stuart Cottages 021 844 0197Luxury Cottages

Glenbrae Cottages
021 844 0011


Goede Hoop
082 458 3790

Goedvertrouw Wine Estate 028 284 9769Guest House
Grabouw Lodgewww.grabouwlodge.co.za021 859 3780Lodge
Houwhoek Inn


028 284 9646Family Hotel

Inn on Highlands
082 498 5246

Luxury & standard cottages

Iona Cottage
028 284 9678

Klipkop Chaletwww.chaletklipkop.co.za021 859 4836Self-catering

Kogelberg Backpackers
021 846 8337

Kolkol Mountain Lodgewww.kolkol.co.za028 284 9406 / 082 654 5090Mountain Lodge
Lavender Cottages072 377 8251Self-catering
Libertas Guest Housewww.wheretostay.co.za/lavendercottages072 377 8251B&B
Lilybank Cottage


021 859 1258Self-catering
Malplaas Cottages


028 425 3004 / 083 662 1560Self catering Cottages
Mountain View B&B 021 859 3952B&B
MTO Ecotourism  021 859 2606 Self catering Cottages 

Mizpah Youth Camp
021 846 8224


Mofam River Lodge
021 846 8345

Oak Lane 


021 844 0248Cottages on Farm 
Oak Valley Cottageswww.oakvalley.co.za/cottage
021 859 2510 / 0825651559 / Riana@oakvalley.co.zaSelf-catering Lux Cottage
Old MacDaddy Lux Trailer Parkwww.oldmacdaddy.co.za021 447 8105Lux Trailer Park
Pippins Country House


021 848 9158 / 083 738 3665 / pippins@iafrica.comCottage
Porcupine Guest Farm


028 284 9066Guest Farm

Rockhaven Farm
021 849 8518


Rose Cottage
083 261 0674 /

South Hill Guest House
www.southhill.co.za021 844 0033Luxury Guest House
South Hill Lux Guest Villawww.southhill.co.za021 844 0033 / 082 774 1101Lux Villa

Tinanda Guest Cottage
082 728 2491

Tri-activewww.triactive.co.za021 844 0975 Luxury tents
Villa Exner Boutique Hotelwww.villaexner.com028 284 9066Boutique Hotel




 028 840 1735
Vredenhof Lodge 082 552 5489Lodge

Weltevrede Cottage
076 405 7536 / anellacock@yahoo.com

Wildekrans Cottageswww.wildekrans.com084
228 2824
Self catering Cottages
Wildekrans Guesthousewww.wildekrans.co.za028 284 9827Guesthouse

FOR MORE INFO VIEW http://www.elginvalley.co.za/default.aspx  


Euodia Cycles will service and do bike repairs at Houw Hoek Inn.



Rotary members transfer vehicles on Sunday morning (6 May 2018) from the Houw Hoek Inn to Whalehaven Winery at a donation of TBC per vehicle.

Book your vehicle on line at http://vehicletransfers.hsrotary.co.za

For more information contact Anthony Wait on transfers@hsrotary.co.za / 082 566 4994


The HH Tour finishes on Sunday 7 May 2017 at Hermanuspietersfontein Winery (in the Wine Village, next to the Hermanus, Sandbaai robot intersection)  You can book a bus transfer back to the Houw Hoek Inn (incl. your bike on a trailer) at R 300 per rider

To book your transfer, please contact Ayub Baker 078 447 4444 or email him ayub.baker@sport24hrs.co.za















As leaders and trainers in Compex, TEAMXCEED we will be using Compex to assist with post day recovery.

supports and underwrites TEAMxCEED, the only registered Compex Competence Centre in South Africa.

As we get closer to our starting date, cyclists will invariably be planning their training and race tactics thoroughly and with care. Planning your post RACE STAGE RECOVERY to ensure that injury is dealt with (or avoided) is probably the most important factor in ensuring your best performance. Simply your body needs to heal itself as efficiently and quickly as possible.

TEAMXCEED is the only RECOVERY TEAM in South Africa who provides highly qualified Sports Masseurs combined with Compex recovery treatment

7 reasons why massage helps recovery:

  • Excellent way to improve mood, reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure.
  • Reduces the waste of metabolites around the muscle.
  • It reduces pain felt in the week following the race.
  • Helps reduce the swelling after enduring exercise.
  • Release of tight muscles, especially hamstrings and quads.
  • Contributes to healing of soft tissues, increasing all the feel-good chemicals in the body such as dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins.
  • Relax! You did it! Massage is a wonderful way to relax and take time out to feel pampered after such a grueling training regime and race.

TURBO CHARGE your performance with Compexrecovery programs!

Add another 7 different beneficial effects,

  • Elimination of Lactic Acid and other toxins;
  • Contributes to a rapid recovery of the muscular tissue;
  • Calms pains associated with training;
  • General relaxation process produces a localized anti-spasmodic effect;
  • Allows you to face the next race day in optimum condition, therefore maximizing your performance and better assimilating the work conducted;
  • Reduce inflammation of the muscles, get rid of waste build-up, extend the overall life of your sporting career.
  • Ultimately, it accelerates muscle recuperation after an intense race day.

Sports Massage treatments :
Compex Treatments :
Put your name on the list when you finish each day. Masseurs will work in order from the list.

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As leaders and trainers in Compex, TEAMXCEED we will be using Compex
to assist with post day recovery.
As leaders and trainers in Compex, TEAMXCEED we will be using Compex to assist with post day recovery.
supports and underwrites TEAMxCEED, the only registered Compex Competence Centre in South Africa.
DAN GROBLER BIOKINETICS, supports and underwrites TEAMxCEED, the only registered Compex Competence Centre in South Africa.
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These are self-timed Strava and other GPS device results. It is not a full result list, as the MTB Tours are not officially timed.

Address timing queries to mtbtiming@gmail.com . The results will be forward to SASeeding by mid-June. 

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