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.
Will the FNB Wines2Whales ever go back to the original route?
Yes. The route will alternate between the Switchback route and the original FNB Wines2Whales routes each year.
Is there a possibility to collect my registration pack in Cape Town?
Yes – we will be hosting a registration for our Cape Town based riders 1 week before the start of the Chardonnay. Riders can register for all three events on this day. Alternatively visit us at our registration in Hermanus the day before Stage 1 of your event for an event specific registration.
Is there a possibility to stay over the night of registration in Hermanus before the start of Stage 1?
Yes, we will be offering a pre-accommodation package for riders wishing to spend the night in Hermanus before the start of Stage 1. More information to follow soon.
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. More information on how to book this service will follow soon.
How do I get to Hermanus from the airport?
You can book one of our airport transport packages when our Optional Extras store opens. More information on how to book this service will follow soon.
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 are going 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 several installments instead of in one go. Please click HERE for more information.