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 will see an immense change as the FNB Wines2Whales switches back on itself and takes riders from the whales of Onrus to the wines of Lourensford. The 2020 FNB Wines2Whales is no simple route reversal – it is a dramatic reimagining of the route and the trails that have become firm favourites.
The 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback will deliver a mountain bike experience unlike any other in South Africa as it takes in a mix of terrain including private farm roads, majestic mountain singletracks and a historic wagon path.
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.