History and Vision
After completing his first Sani2C in 2006, avid mountain biker Johan Kriegler conceptualized the idea of a similar multi-stage race in the Western Cape. In 2008 he approached local sports marketing specialists Stillwater Sport & Entertainment and after numerous lengthy meetings the Wines2Whales Three Day Mountain Bike Stage Race was born under the directorship of Johan Kriegler, Michael Meyer, Hendrico Burger and Dezroy Poole.
The inaugural event took place in November 2009 and attracted 300 riders with the race village set up at the De Rust Futura School in Elgin. By 2010 word of the Wines2Whales Race had gotten out and to the delight of organizers a spectacular field of 1100 riders signed up to be part of the second year’s experience (with 300 riders on the waiting list). The 2010 race village was set up at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club. This spectacular overnight growth spurt resulted in the event organizers splitting the field in 2011 with the introduction of the Wines2Whales Adventure. By hosting two events event organizers could give more mountain bikers the opportunity to be part of the Wines2Whales experience. Both the 2011 Wines2Whales Adventure and Wines2Whales Race attracted a field of 850 riders (per event) with 400 riders on the waiting list. The 2011 Race Village was once again at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club. The 2012 event saw 1100 eager riders (per event) flock to Lourensford Estate (Somerset West) for the start of a mountain biking experience like no other.
In 2013 a third event during the week between the “Adventure,” and the “Race,” called the “Ride,” was introduced, giving riders more of an opportunity and choice on which event to participate. In 2014 all the three events were fully booked with a waiting list on two of the three events and this was once again repeated in 2015 and 2016.
The FNB Wines2Whales MTB Directors and their teams have built the event to a point whereby it is now seen as one of the Premium Stage Races in the World and attracts mountain bikers from all around the world to participate or race.