3 Days of Mountain Biking through the Western Cape
SWITCHBACK: 20 - 29 Oct 2023
Despite the flooding and wind damage FNB Wines2Whales would like to allay riders’ concerns regarding the 2023 events. The Chardonnay, Pinotage and Shiraz Switchback races are going ahead as scheduled. Our route and logistics teams are currently assessing the damage to the trails and will be working hard to ensure that the event delivers a riding experience worthy of the our #SeriousGees tag line.
We would however also like to take this opportunity to point out that landowners and communities, particularly in the Botrivier region, have suffered significant losses during the floods. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time and we know that they will be able to count upon the solidarity of the FNB W2W community in the coming months. Be it by the purchase of a bottle or two of wine, or via direct donations to community projects.
The Best in Fresh, Food Lover’s Market, will be feeding and fuelling FNB Wines2Whales riders in 2023 and beyond thanks to the renewal of the relationship between South Africa’s only family-owned supermarket and the race with Serious Gees.
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 decade (plus a few!). In 2023, the FNB Wines2Whales is switching back on itself and taking teams from the whales to the wines in the FNB Wines2Whales Switchback! But this is no simple route reversal, rather it is a reimagination of the route that offers incredible views, new trails, and completely different experiences to the original route.
But what is "gees"?
"Gees" is a truly South African word meaning spirit in Afrikaans. It's word that's better experienced than explained and it's what we are all about. There's spirit in everything at the FNB W2W, from the good times in the race village to the shredding of the trails to the laughs and cheers during dinner.
But as we said, it's better experienced than explained, so come and discover the true meaning of "gees" by registering for the 2023 FNB Wines2Whales.
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