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 2021 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 in Hermanus.
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 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback. Visit our Event Services page for more information and to book yours.
What are the entry fees?
The entry fees for the 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback were as follows:
- Meals Only: R13 250
- Standard Tents: R14 950
- Double Luxury Tents: R20 950 per team
- Single Luxury Tents: R22 150 per team (each rider gets their own luxury tent)
- Ride Only: R11 400 per team
For more information, please click here.
When are the entries for the general public going live?
Entries are expected to go live to the general public around 28 April 2021.
Is there a payment plan option?
Yes, the FNB Wines2Whales has introduced a payment plan option if you wish to pay for your entry fee in three instalments instead of all in one go. Please click HERE for more information.
How do we cross the beach?
We don’t cross the beach during the 2021 FNB W2W Switchback due to the start being at Curro.
Won’t there be bottle necks in the Hemel en Aarde trails?
No; we are not utilising the lower Hemel en Aarde trails. Instead the route goes up Rotary Drive which will spread out the field. From the top, you’ll get to experience different Hemel en Aarde trails from the Hamilton Russell side.
Do we have to ride up Sandy Patch?
No; the route will remain on Karwyderskraal Road to avoid Sandy Patch.
Surely Gaf se Bos is too steep?
Don’t stress! The Cape Trails team is building the Gaf se Bos exit – they’re shaping a spectacular switchback climb.
No ways can we ride up the Houw Hoek Switchbacks!
In 2021, the Houw Hoek Switchbacks will not feature in the FNB Wines2Whales Switchback. Instead we’re heading through Brynaforfarm Bypass.
There are too many narrow bridges and dam wall climbs after Art House
Cape Trails saves the day again here thanks to the amazing, new Karwyders Contour trail that offers awesome riding and even better views.
Stage 1‘s finish will be boring if it’s the same as 2019
Our team has done everything they can to keep the #SeriousGEES high from start to finish; this included creating the PC Staircase and including old favourites like Cow’s Trail, Wonderland and Poplar Forest.