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SWITCHBACK: Questions and Answers

Is the route a reverse of the 2019 and previous FNB Wines2Whales editions?

It is not. Stage 1 takes riders from Hermanus to Oak Valley, and Stage 3 from Oak Valley to Lourensford, with a looping stage in the middle for Stage 2; but the trails will not be the exact same ones as were ridden in the past.

Is there more climbing?

There will not be more climbing in the 2020 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback as compared to previous editions.

Do we have to walk down Gantouw pass?

Yes, you are not allowed to ride down the Gantouw pass. You will be required to walk with your bike during this mandatory portage section.

Is there a possibility to collect my registration pack in Hermanus?

Yes. Riders will have the opportunity to either collect their Race Pack at Lourensford the day before the start or on the morning of Stage 1 at Curro.

Is there a possibility to stay over the night of registration in Hermanus before the start of Stage 1?

Yes. Visit our Event Services page to find a list of contact details for accommodation available in Hermanus.

Will the Rotary Car Transfer still be available?

Yes, this service will be available again. You will be able to leave your car in Hermanus and collect it either in Oak Valley, or Lourensford. Visit our Event Services page for more information.

How do I get to or from the airport on Registration day or after I finish at Lourensford?

Adventure Whale Event Solutions will be providing various airport transfer options at the 2020 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback. Visit our Event Services page for more information and to book yours.

What are the entry fees?

The entry fees will not see an increase. The entry fees for the 2020 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback will be:

  • Meals Only: R13 250
  • Standard Tents: R14 950
  • Luxury Tents: R20 950

When are the entries for the general public going live?

The entries for the general public went live on the 5thof November 2019.

Is there a payment plan option?

Yes, for the first time, the FNB Wines2Whales is introducing a payment plan option if you wish to pay for your entry fee in three installments instead of all in one go. Please click HERE for more information.