After the successful running of the inaugural FNB Wines2Whales Switchback, the Race with Gees returns to its origins and will take teams from the wines of Lourensford Wine Estate to the whales of Hermanus. Entries open on 14 February at 09:00 GMT+2.
In 2021, the FNB Wines2Whales turned things on their head by switching back on itself and taking teams from the coast to the vineyards during the inaugural FNB Wines2Whales Switchback. Though in 2022, the race returns to its origins as the traditional route is back on the cards and teams can secure their entries on 14 February at 09:00 GMT+2.
From 28 October to 6 November 2022, teams will tackle the original FNB Wines2Whales route from Lourensford Wine Estate to Oak Valley Estate, and then on to the whales of Hermanus/Onrus. Though when we say we’re returning to the original, we don’t mean to exactly the same route as was last raced in 2019.
By now you know that Race Founder, Johan Kriegler (affectionately known as JK) and his Cape Trails team of trail-building-magicians have a passion for creating trails that induce ear-to-ear grins, therefore teams who enter the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales can expect all the usual trails that they’ve come to know and love and are guaranteed many new twists, turns and bridges. And yes, you will be trekking up Gantouw Pass once again!
On 14 February, at 09:00 GMT+2, entries to the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales will open and teams who act swiftly will secure themselves a spot on the start line and they’ll also receive:
- A Ciovita FNB W2W rider jersey
- A Ciovita FNB W2W rider garment
- Seven meals from Woolworths
- Fully stocked water points overflowing with Woolworths food and USN products
- Free wifi in the race village
If that’s not enough to convince you, here’s what the 2021 riders had to say:
“The package is complete – the food was great, the route variety was awesome, and the “gees” that goes with the event is like immersing yourself in happiness”
“What an awesome adventure, and it was my first ever stage race. The W2W team helped from start to end and I was never in doubt where to, when to, why to, and what to. The trails were beyond my expectations, the goodie bag was a total blessing, the food top notch. And the Gees was a blast !”
In 2022 there are several entry packages available for teams wishing to enter and they range from a “Ride Only” option to living in the utmost luxury in the “Single Luxury Tents”.
Here’s a look at the options:
Ride Only: Teams stay offsite and meals are not included in the entry fee. All accommodation and transport is to be self-arranged.
Meals Only: Teams stay offsite and meals are included in the entry fee. All accommodation and transport is to be self-arranged.
Standard Tent: Each rider in the team is allocated their own single tent. Meals and all.
Double Luxury Tents: Each team is allocated a larger canvas tent that is shared. The tent is complete with interiors, carpeted flooring, beds and linen, and camping chairs for kicking back and relaxing after each stage.
Single Luxury Tents: Each rider in the team has their own individual luxury canvas tent. The tent is complete with interiors, carpeted flooring, beds and linen, and a camping chair for kicking back and relaxing after each stage.
To secure your entry into the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales, be sure to visit wines2whales.com on
14 February at 09:00 GMT+2!