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2013 Wine to Whales MTB Challenge

October 4, 2013

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Summer must be well on the way as here at Penny Lane Lodge, we’ve taken our first room booking for the ‘W2W’. 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 W2W has become a hugely important event in the South African MTB calendar and, as the name suggests, the route takes riders from the winelands in Somerset West crossing 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads and mountain passes, nature conservation areas – including the Kogelberg Biosphere, before finishing within sight of the famous whale watching location of Walker Bay in Hermanus.

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Riders will start at the Lourensford wine estate in the heart of Somerset West. The route climbs up, over and around the Hottentots Holland mountain range towards the Elgin valley, then heads towards the Overstrand. The landscape varies as the route progresses, but spectacular beauty of the area is constant, but at the same time, offering riders a very different riding experience every day.

There are three events, each with 3 stages:

FNB W2W ADVENTURE on 1 – 3 November 2013

FNB W2W RIDE on 4 – 6 November 2013

FNB W2W RACE on 8 – 10 November 2013

The focus of all the activity is the Oak Valley Sport Field in Elgin where Stage 1 finishes, Stage 2 starts and finishes and Stage 3 finishes. With the main marquee, tented accommodation, race briefings, awards and entertainment it all will be happening here.

There are a whole host of sponsors and some important beneficiaries including the Cape Leopard Trust. And don’t forget the participating wine farms, which have some good vantage points for spectators as well as wine tasting opportunities.

So good luck to all the teams and all the people and organisations who will be supporting the event!

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