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CHARDONNAY

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20 - 22 October 2023

The Chardonnay is the most popular of the three events as it takes place over the first weekend of the 10-day race period and offers riders the chance to be among the first to experience the brand new trail sections we've created just for this year's events. 

While all age category honours are up for grabs at the Chardonnay, this event is dedicated to Women's racing, where we see some of South Africa's, and often the world's, best female riders battle it out for the overall prize money and leader jerseys.

PINOTAGE

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23 - 25 October 2023

With the reputation of being the most laid back and relaxed of the three events, The Pinotage sees the highest number of FNB Wines2Whales first-timers. The Pinotage also hosts the FNB Wines2Whales E-bike Race and Tour for riders who want to experience the FNB W2W with a little assistance.

Being a mid-week race, The Pinotage is perfect for international tourists and riders from different provinces as it offers the chance to participate in the event and plan an enjoyable weekend on either side.

SHIRAZ

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27 -29 October 2023

The Shiraz takes place over the last weekend of the race and has the reputation of taking up the pace a notch or two. While the Chardonnay celebrates the Women's racing category, the Shiraz celebrates Men's, Mixed and Exxaro teams racing categories in addition to honouring the determination of the rest of the field as they compete in their respective age categories. 

ENTRY DETAILS

RIDE ONLY

ride only

Details

Includes lunch, team stays offsite and arranges own accommodation --

Includes lunch at the race village, breakfast and dinner excluded, team stays offsite and arranges own accommodation.

Included in cost: 

  • A 3-day stage mountain biking experience with fully stocked waterpoints on route
  • Ciovita Rider Jersey
  • W2W event garment
  • W2W finisher medal
  • Access to all race village services

MEALS ONLY

meals

Details

Includes meals, team stays offsite and arranges own accommodation --

Includes meals at the race village, team stays offsite and arranges own accommodation.

Included in cost: 

  • A 3-day stage mountain biking experience with fully stocked waterpoints on route
  • Ciovita Rider Jersey
  • W2W event garment
  • W2W finisher medal
  • Access to all race village services 
  • 7 Meals over the course of the event
    • Stage 1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Stage 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Stage 3: Breakfast

STANDARD TENTS

tent

Details

Each rider is allocated their own single tent in the race village --

Tented race village accommodation for Stages 1 and 2 only. Each rider is allocated their own single tent in the race village.

Included in cost: 

  • Single tent per rider (including mattress)
  • A 3-day stage mountain biking experience with fully stocked waterpoints on route
  • Ciovita Rider Jersey
  • W2W event garment
  • W2W finisher medal
  • Access to all race village services 
  • 7 Meals over the course of the event
    • Stage 1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Stage 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Stage 3: Breakfast

DOUBLE LUXURY TENTS

double tents

Details

Larger, canvas luxury tent shared by the team of 2 riders --

Tented accommodation in the Luxury Tent Village for two evenings only (Stage 1 & 2) for the event. Larger, canvas luxury tent shared by the team of 2 riders.

Included in cost: 

  • Access to the Luxury Tented Village Accommodation Area (this is security and accreditation controlled).
  • The tent is complete with interiors, carpeted flooring, beds & bedding
    • Bedside table, lamp & bin
    • Private Luxury Hot Showers
    • Toilets exclusive to the Luxury Tent Village
    • Camping cupboard
    • Two camping chairs
  • A 3-day stage mountain biking experience with fully stocked waterpoints on route
  • Ciovita Rider Jersey
  • W2W event garment
  • W2W finisher medal
  • Access to all race village services 
  • 7 Meals over the course of the event
    • Stage 1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Stage 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Stage 3: Breakfast

Terms & Conditions:

  • No supporter services allowed outside the official supporter area. Masseuses, Physios and Mechanics operating in areas such as the Luxury Tented Village, will be removed from the premises.
  • No advertising and branding of any sort will be permitted within the Luxury Tented Village and no rider will be allowed to sell any parts or product during the event within this area.
  • The organisers of the FNB Wines2Whales will not be responsible for, or liable for, any of the services or lack thereof provided by within the Luxury Tented Village
  • The Luxury Tented Village Accommodation Area is a strictly no bicycle zone. All bicycles are to be stored at the Stor-Age bike park. The organisers of the FNB Wines2Whales, will not be responsible for, or liable for any damage to, theft of, loss of, or disappearance of bicycles taken in to or stored in the Luxury Tented Village.

SINGLE LUXURY TENTS

single luxury tent

Details

Each rider has their own individual, single canvas luxury tent

Tented accommodation in the Luxury Tent Village for two evenings only (Stage 1 & 2) for the event.  This entry package is available to teams only i.e. both riders in the team will receive the Single Luxury Tent entry option. Each rider has their own individual, single canvas luxury tent.

Included in cost: 

  • Single luxury tent per rider
  • Access to the Luxury Tented Village Accommodation Area (this is security and accreditation controlled).
  • The tent is complete with interiors, carpeted flooring, bed & bedding
    • Bedside table, lamp & bin
    • Private Luxury Hot Showers
    • Toilets exclusive to the Luxury Tent Village
    • Camping cupboard
    • Camping chair
  • A 3-day stage mountain biking experience with fully stocked waterpoints on route
  • Ciovita Rider Jersey
  • W2W event garment
  • W2W finisher medal
  • Access to all race village services 
  • 7 Meals over the course of the event
    • Stage 1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Stage 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Stage 3: Breakfast

Terms & Conditions:

  • No supporter services allowed outside the official supporter area. Masseuses, Physios and Mechanics operating in areas such as the Luxury Tented Village, will be removed from the premises.
  • No advertising and branding of any sort will be permitted within the Luxury Tented Village and no rider will be allowed to sell any parts or product during the event within this area.
  • The organisers of the FNB Wines2Whales will not be responsible for, or liable for, any of the services or lack thereof provided by within the Luxury Tented Village
  • The Luxury Tented Village Accommodation Area is a strictly no bicycle zone. All bicycles are to be stored at the Stor-Age bike park. The organisers of the FNB Wines2Whales, will not be responsible for, or liable for any damage to, theft of, loss of, or disappearance of bicycles taken in to or stored in the Luxury Tented Village.

What you get

  • A unique and beautiful mountain biking experience
  • A Ciovita Rider Jersey
  • A W2W event garment
  • 7 meals through the duration of the three days
  • Wifi available in the race village
  • Fully stocked waterpoints
  • Rider bag available for purchase

Team Categories

Your team’s category is determined by the youngest member of the team. Teams who wish to compete for prize money must register in the Racing category. These teams will no longer qualify for their age group leader jersey.

Women

  • Racing (19+)
  • Amateurs (19-39)
  • Masters (40-49)
  • Grandmasters (50-59)
  • Great Grandmasters (60-69)

 

Men

  • Racing (19+)
  • Amateurs (19-39)
  • Masters (40-49)
  • Grandmasters (50-59)
  • Great Grandmasters (60-69)

 

Mixed

  • Male and Female (19+)
CHARDONNAY PINOTAGE SHIRAZ
Racing (19+) - Women E-Bike Race (Open) - Men, Women and Mixed Racing (19+) - Men, Mixed and Exarro
Amateurs (19-39) - Men and Women Amateurs (19-39) - Men and Women Amateurs (19-39) - Men and Women
Masters (40-49) - Men and Women Masters (40-49) - Men and Women Masters (40-49) - Men and Women
Grand Masters (50-59) - Men and Women Grand Masters (50-59) - Men and Women Grand Masters (50-59) - Men and Women
Great Grand Masters (60-69) - Men and Women Great Grand Masters (60-69) - Men and Women Great Grand Masters (60-69) - Men and Women

Whale Category

This special category is reserved for those living on the larger side of life. Teams that consist of riders both over 90 kilograms can register as Whales and qualify for recognition that often comes in the form of bottles of wine from the award-winning farms along our route.

Payment Options

Instead of paying the full team entry fee in one go, riders can elect to pay the team entry fee over the course of 3 monthly installments. Riders also have the option to pay their respective halves of the team entry independently through their own online profiles.

Please note the following for the payment plan option:

  1. The first instalment is due within 5 days of registration.
  2. The remaining two instalments are due over the course of the following 2 months.
    • Please note that the instalments are not deducted automatically, you will need to sign into your profile to pay.
  3. The first instalment is non-refundable.
  4. The final day to select the payment plan option is 31 May 2023.
  5. Your entry is only confirmed once the team entry fee has been paid in full.

Seeding Info

Friday, 7 October 2022
Online Substitutions Closed  

Wednesday, 12 October 2022
Provisional Seeding is published to the website

Monday, 17 October 2022
Seeding Queries are closed

Friday, 21 October 2022
Final 2022 FNB Wines2Whales seeding goes live on the website

Team seeding is allocated according to the rider with the lower seeding index. 

Seeding Query Process

Should your require a specific race to count towards your index, please contact SA Seeding directly via email: info@saseeding.com

You can then submit your event results if it is not already on SA Seeding which will also count towards your index.

There will be a commissaire at registration day should you wish to query your seeding after the final seeding has been released.

Cancellation Policy

 

Entry Cancellation

Should you wish to cancel your entry, please note the following and contact the Race Office at registration@wines2whales.com to have the cancellation processed.

  • 75% of the entry fee is refundable if the cancellation is done before 31 August.
  • 50% of the entry fee is refundable if the cancellation is done in or before 30 September.
  • 0% of the entry fee is refundable if the cancellation is done in October or November.
  • If at a later stage your partner can no longer participate once substitutions have closed, you will be allowed to do a late substitution at Registration day.
  • Entries are not transferable to the following year.
     

Optional Extra Cancellation

Should you wish to cancel any of your optional extras, a 15% admin/cancellation fee will apply. Please contact the Race Office at registration@wines2whales.com to have the cancellation processed.

Optional extras are not transferable to the following year.

Substitutions & Withdrawals

 

Substitutions can be done online as follows:
 

The rider dropping out of the team must do so through their online profile. Click on the “Substitution” button under your team details.

The remaining rider must then sign into their online profile and pay the applicable substitution fee.

Once the rider change fee has been paid and received, the remaining rider may then invite a new partner via their profile. The new invited partner will then receive an invitation email where they will be required to sign in to their profile and complete their rider details.

Online substitutions close on 7 October 2023. Hereafter, late substitutions must be done at Registration day.

The following fees apply for substitutions:

  • Before 7 October 2022: R400 per substitution
  • Registration day: R600 per substitution
     

Please note:

  • Riders who have entered and paid, but cannot participate in the FNB W2W Event, for whatever reason, must inform the Race Office.
  • No rider is allowed to participate under the name of another participant. Such action will lead to immediate disqualification.
  • Substituted team participants will receive the clothing size of the initial participant, unless this is changed before 15 May 2023.

Indemnity

All riders must accept an online liability disclaimer upon registering their team for an event. Failure to accept the liability disclaimer will result in the rider not being allowed to start the race.

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