The FNB Wines2Whales was born out of the desire to create a world-class 3-day stage race in the Western Cape of South Africa. Since inception in 2009, the three events, aptly named after the wines of the area, have become a must-do event on the mountain bike calendar with riders from the farthest reaches of the country and the world.
Its biggest drawcard is undoubtedly the route, which has been perfected over the past 11 years. In 2021, the traditional route saw an immense change as the FNB Wines2Whales switched back on itself and took riders from the whales of Onrus to the wines of Lourensford. The 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback was no simple route reversal – it was a dramatic reimagining of the route and the trails that have become firm favourites.
The 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback delivered a mountain bike experience unlike any other in South Africa as it took in a mix of terrain including private farm roads, majestic mountain singletracks and a historic wagon path. In 2022, the race returns to its original direction, but as is tradition, the route team will have more than just a few tricks up their sleeve when it comes to building trails that will surprise and delight.
The spirit of the FNB Wines2Whales is “gees” – truly South African phrase that is only understood once experienced. In 2021, we expect the gees to be at an all-time high as riders write the history books in the inaugural running of the FNB Wines2Whales Switchback.