Entries by Luke

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 the Curro School in Hermanus to Oak Valley to Lourensford Wine Estate, on the 2nd to […]

FNB Wines2Whales – The Journey Documentary

The FNB Wines2Whales takes riders through one of the most spectacular regions in South Africa and offers a truly memorable experience both on and off the bike for riders of all skill levels. While making their way through incredible singletracks and trails on some of the Western Cape’s finest wine farms, riders experience breathtaking views […]

JK talks 2020 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback

How many of the same MTB trails can a mountain biker cycle before s/he gets bored? The answer my friend ain’t blowing in the wind. It’s probably the main reason many riders over the years have asked us; “Why don’t you do W2W in reverse?” and our response was; “We can’t, as the route can’t […]

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Thobigunya’s Priceless Early Christmas Present: Education

Most mountain bike stage races, including FNB Wines2Whales are raced in teams of two for a reason. When crossing high alpine passes and snaking through rugged terrain, the presence of a partner is necessary for safety. In a sport which takes riders into areas where the weather can change quickly or a fall can leave […]

NAD Pro MTB Make it a Perfect 3 from 3 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz

NAD Pro MTB wrapped up the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz title in fine style, by winning their third successive stage, on Sunday, 3 November. Stage 3, which started in Oak Valley and finished at the seaside in Onrus, saw Matt Beers and Wessel Botha cross the line first; their stage-winning feat was matched by BMT […]

The FNB Wines2Whales Celebrates Springbok Success

There was nervous tension aplenty on the start line of Stage 2 of the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz race; on Saturday, 2 November. The start time was brought forward to 06:00 and a short-cut was added to ensure everyone who wanted to watch the Rugby World Cup Final was able to. So, when the Springbok’s kicked […]

Smurfy Smit and the Lion King Team Up for FNB Wines2Whales

Thanks to the Canyon connection between Katusha Alpecin’s Willie Smit and former professional rider, turned Canyon South Africa Market Manager, Erik Kleinhans, the pair will be riding the FNB Wines2Whales together. Racing as Katusha Alpecin Canyon, they will start the Shiraz event, on the 1st of November, among the other elite riders contesting for overall […]

Hot Competition for FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz Title

  When the final race in the three-event 2019 FNB Wines2Whales series kicks off at Lourensford Wine Estate, on the 1st of November, eight teams start with a realistic shot at the title. As befitting of the final race in the South African calendar, the list of five-star favourites is a who’s-who of local stage […]

#SeriousGEES Reigns Supreme at FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage

The FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage race wrapped-up under clear skies and the warmest temperatures of the week, in Onrus; on Wednesday, 30 October. No amount of rain, hail or mud could dampen the event’s #SeriousGEES on the preceding days; so, the riders deserved the better weather for the final stage. The relaxed atmosphere of the mid-week […]