This year the trails will be less congested as the volume of riders is limited. The entry fee is unchanged from 2019 and team packages start at R11 400. If the event is canceled due to an unexpected Covid-19 ramp, you’ll get 100% of your entry fee transferred to the 2022 event. Here’s the latest news from the organizers.
The event was born out of the desire to create a world-class 3-day stage race in the Western Cape of South Africa. Since its inception in 2009, the three events, aptly named after the wines of the area, have become a must-do event on the mountain bike calendar with riders from the farthest reaches of the country. The Chardonnay, Pinotage and Shiraz events – ensure there is something for all skill sets with the focus clearly stamped on celebrating the love of mountain biking and the culture that accompanies it.
This year the FNB Wines2Whales takes place between the 5th and 14th of November. The route has been perfected over the past 11 years and in 2021, the traditional route will see a directional change as the FNB Wines2Whales switches back on itself and takes riders from the whales of Onrus to the wines of Lourensford. It is a dramatic reimagining of the route and the trails that have become firm favorites.
The 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback will deliver a mountain bike experience unlike any other in South Africa as it takes in a mix of terrain including private farm roads, majestic mountain singletracks and a historic wagon path. In 2021, we expect the gees to be at an all-time high as riders write the history books in the inaugural running of the FNB Wines2Whales Switchback. Entries are open. wines2whales.com