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STAGES

191km

DISTANCE

4450m

CLIMBING

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.

3 DAYS

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

3 EVENTS

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

WHICH ONE SHOULD WE RIDE?

1 ROUTE

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

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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

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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Lockdown Legends: 24 Hours of the Beukes' Garden

The Covid-19 lockdown has inspired some extreme exercise measures from cyclists, runners and triathletes. In a series of Home Challenge stories, we look at a few FNB Wines2Whales legends’ backyard adventures; starting with Matthys Beukes.   PYGA…

The 2020 FNB W2W Switchback Route

It’s the moment you've been waiting for, the reveal of the FNB Wines2Whales Switchback route! Here it is… plotted, planned and most importantly pre-ridden by Johan ‘JK’ Kriegler and Hendrico Burger.

Electric Avenue: FNB Wines2Whales Embraces eBikes

In 2019, the FNB Wines2Whales introduced eBikes to the mid-week Pinotage event. For 2020, the eBike division is growing within the Switchback, expanding from the eTour to include an eRace too! For riders wishing to (battery)power their way from…

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

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“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!”

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

Breyton Paulseformer Springbok Rugby player#

“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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Side by side with passionate mountain bikers from across the world