Entries open on 28 April 2021!

2021 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback entries open at 09:00 (GMT+2)

Entries are limited due to the rollover of all 2020 entries.

Combine that with the 2019 entry fee price freeze, means that if you haven’t yet entered, you should be first out the start gate to register on the morning of 28 April 2021! This special 2019 entry price is valid for 1 week after registration opens (unless sold out).








FNB Wines2Whales is a 3-day MTB Stage Race in the picturesque Western Cape of South Africa


Three separate events that cater to varying skill levels from weekend warrior to World Champion.



All riders race from Hermanus to Oak Valley Estate to Lourensford via a historic route that has been perfected over the past decade.


What are you waiting for?

Entry includes:

  • A unique and beautiful mountain biking experience
  • A Ciovita Rider Jersey
  • A FNB W2W event garment
  • 7 meals through the duration of the three days
  • Wifi available in the race village
  • Fully stocked waterpoints

What’s new on the route for 2021?

The Cape Trails team have been doing what they do best – building!

There will be sweet new trails at Karwyders Contour, Paul Cluver’s Rietvlei Magic, Beaumont River trail, a Lebanon switchback and a whole new network at Idiom wines.

But wait – there’s more!
With great support from Lourensford, the Cape Trails legends have made our MTB dream come true with the Lourensford Ultimate – your last 5km-long descent to the finish line, that’s packed with flow and turns and many whoop-inducing moments.

The FNB Wines2Whales Switchback is no simple route reverse. It is a dramatic reimagining of the trails which usually take riders from the winelands to the whales each year. The 2020 FNB Wines2Whales will switchback; leading riders from the whales, in Hermanus, to the wines of Lourensford Wine Estate, over three spectacular three-day stage races.

RACE your E-Bike at FNB Wines2Whales

Three days of spectacular mountain biking

Bringing the GEES since 2009

The FNB Wines2Whales was born out of the desire to establish a world-class 3-day stage race in the Western Cape, South Africa. Since its inception in 2009 it has become a must-do event on the mountain bike calendar, with riders from all of over South Africa and the world queuing for the chance to ride it.


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The Prize That Keeps on Giving

Rowena Kemp won a pair of BH mountain bikes in the FNB Wines2Whales Champions Chase in November 2020. Since receiving her bike, she’s clocked up 700 fun-filled kilometres of riding. Here’s how it’s going for Rowena and ‘Antonio’ the…

New Bike Day For Rowena Kemp

Rowena Kemp was the ultimate winner of the FNB Wines2Whales Champions Chase competition. The Johannesburg rider did not keep the prize for herself, however, having won the lucky draw for a top of the range BH mountain bike she negotiated with…

R100 000 raised during the FNB Wines2Whales Challenge

The FNB Wines2Whales Challenge, which encouraged riders to donate R1 for every kilometre that they rode throughout 1 and 2 August, raised R100 000 for the Botrivier Crèche Initiative. 2020 has been a year that has challenged everyone,…

SeriousGEES Sunday with Amy McDougall

Happy Women’s day. The FNB Wines2Whales has always placed a large emphasis on equality, through the focus the Chardonnay has on women’s racing, to the coverage of the event itself, with dedicated teams following every pedal stroke. We…


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“Best race village, best trails, an event that your heart will long for.”

“Most definitely the gees!!!! It was amazing to be part of such an well organized event.
The organizers were so fast to respond to changing circumstances.

Love the rider bags!”

“The most fun I have ever had while racing my mountain bike. There’s some serious gees at this race.”

“The Gees was fantastic. Loved the riding but also just loved being in the village with mates sharing stories of the day.”

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