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Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race

November 4, 2011

After only three years in existence, the Wines2Whales has become one of the most successful multi stage MTB Events in the South African calendar. The W2W race itself is on 11th and 12th November, but there is a slightly gentler version, the W2W Adventure, which starts this weekend.

My guesthouse, Penny Lane Lodge was full last night, with mountain bikers getting ready for the first event today.  All very exciting, but we did have to get up very early this morning to see them on their way!

The Wines2Whales mountain bike race is a course of 3 days where teams of two cyclists will cover a distance of approximately 230km of the Western Cape’s most beautiful terrain. The name says it all: riders will start in the Winelands of Somerset West and will cross through and over 13 wineries, 26 private farms and six mountains. The route follows historic roads and mountain passes and crosses some stunning nature conservation areas, including the Kogelberg Biosphere, before finishing within sight of the famous whales of  Walker Bay in Hermanus, where there will be entertainment for the whole family.

Starting in Somerset West and climbing up, over and around the Hottentots Holland mountain towards the Elgin valley, then heading towards the Overstrand, variety is the keyword with the spectacular beauty of the area, offering riders a very different riding experience every day. There are also many vantage points along the route race that are accessible to the general public.

As a competitor, spending three days cycling through this natural splendour is said to be one of the most rewarding things you could do with your mind, body and soul – and of course with your trusty mountain bike.

The race village for both events will be hosted at Grabouw Country Club. The finish of Stage 1, start and finish of Stage 2 and start of Stage 3 as well as the main marquee, tented accommodation, race briefings, awards and entertainment will all be happening there.


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