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4 Reasons

to Ride the 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback

Entries are limited

While we have strived, with all our might, to host an event on the same scale as the FNB Wine2Whales of the past decade, due to COVID-19 restrictions, entry numbers for the 2021 FNB W2W have been reduced to ensure that the 2021 goes ahead and that #SeriousGEES wins the day.

Your money is safe

We’re not runners. If you enter and pay for the 2021 FNB W2W Switchback, your money is safe. If the worst-case scenario occurs and the event has to be cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, 100% of the money you have paid will be transferred to the 2022 FNB W2W.


Goals give us all something to work towards. Make the FNB Wines2Whales Switchback your MTB goal for the year and kick your training into overdrive as the event is rapidly approaching.

New Trails

Over the past year, we’ve told you all about how the Cape Trails team, led by JK himself, have carved out countless switchbacks, moved boulders, wrangled puff adders, and carved out new trails that’ll have even the most seasoned adventure seekers grinning from ear to ear.








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.

Lourensford Ultimate

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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Along historic South African trails from Onrus to Oak Valley to Lourensford

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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.”

Side by side with passionate mountain bikers from across the world