Event History & 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 FNB W2W Directors
Directors from left to right: Johan Kriegler, Micheal Meyer, Dezroy Poole & Hendrico Burger

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.

Wines 2 Whales Event Fast Facts

Format
3 day stage race, ridden in a team

Distance
70-80 km per stage

Start Venue
Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West, South Africa

Race Village
Oak Valley Wine Estate

Finish Venue
Onrust Caravan Park, Western Cape, South Africa

Entries Open
14 February 2018 (for 2017 database including those on the waiting list)

Public Entries Open
1 March 2018 for new entrants

Entries Close
As soon as we reach capacity for all three events (675 teams per event)

How to Enter

Select the event you wish to enter. You may wish to review the entry procedure and FAQs below.

FNB Wines2Whales

ADVENTURE - SOLD OUT

FNB Wines2Whales

RIDE - SOLD OUT

FNB Wines2Whales

RACE - SOLD OUT

Entry Dates

  • Preferential online entries will open at 08h00 on 14 February 2018
  • You need to have ridden the 2017 W2W or be on the 2017 waiting list to qualify (see how you add yourself to the waiting list below)
  • Public entries open on 1 March 2018
  • Entries are allocated on a first come, first paid basis
  • NO ENTRIES ARE GUARANTEED

Entry Fees

There are three options for entries; W2W Adventure, W2W Ride or W2W Race.
Once you have chosen your event, you will also need to choose your package:


  • Excludes tented accommodation
  • 8 Meals during the duration of the event
    – Stage 1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    – Stage 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    – Stage 3: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Tented accommodation (including a mattress)
  • 8 Meals during the duration of the event
    – Stage 1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    – Stage 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    – Stage 3: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Luxury tented accommodation (Only 100 spots available)
  • 8 Meals during the duration of the event
    – Stage 1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    – Stage 2: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    – Stage 3: Breakfast and Lunch

Due to the high demand & interest from riders already, booking of your luxury tent will work on a first-come-first-serve basis and ensuring that you get your booking in soonest is of paramount importance and furthermore ensuring that full payment is received prior to your booking being confirmed.

Your Luxury Tented Accommodation Booking Will Include:

  1. Accommodation is for two evenings only per event (Adventure, Ride, Race) and is for two (2x), riders (registered and entered athletes), per tent.
  2. Cost Includes:
    • Access to the Luxury Tented Village Accommodation Area (this is security and accreditation controlled).
      The tent is complete with interiors, beds & bedding (bedding is changed per event, so you can look forward to nice & clean linen).
    • A bedside lamp as to ensure that you aren’t fumbling around at night or in the mornings in the dark.
    • Private Luxury Hot Showers, which will make you feel as though you are staying at a five star luxury game lodge.
    • Private Gents and Ladies Toilets
    • Each tent is carpeted
    • Each tent has a camping cupboard in order to make things a bit more comfortable.
    • Each tent has a bedside table & bin
    • Each tent has two camping chairs
    • Each tent has an undercover sitting area outside the tent where you and your teammate can share your “war stories,” after each stage.
    • Access to all rider accredited areas within the village (*riders only).
  3. Terms & Conditions:
    • This price excludes your own private butler
    • Earplugs are also excluded
    • This booking is transferable, but you may not cancel your booking and will not be eligible for a refund. This booking may not be sold at a higher value than the cost of the tent per evening.
    • 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 organizers of the FNB Wines2Whales MTB, will not be responsible for or liable for any of the services or lack thereof provided by within the Luxury Tented Village
    • Parking for riders staying in the Luxury Tented Village will be in the standard rider parking area.

*Please note: Accommodation on the night before stage 1 and night of stage 3 is not included in the entry fee, riders should make their own arrangements.

Frequently asked Questions


  1. When entering, ensure that both riders’ personal details and correct ID/passport numbers are captured
  2. You can pay online by using a credit card, please note the payment options and limitations;
    Only the first entrant can pay for both members of the team

    1. If members choose to pay individually, the second entrant must pay first and the other way around
    2. Full team payments must be made within five days, if not, the entry system will transfer the entry to the next person on the waiting list
  3. If you prefer making an EFT payment, contact the entry office for the details; and
  4. Once entered, you will receive an email confirming your entry. If you have not received this mail, contact the entry office

Your entry fee includes

  • A unique and beautiful mountain biking experience
  • A W2W event garment
  • 8 meals through the duration of the three days
  • Wifi available in the rider zone
  • Mobile charging unit, please bring your own charger
  • Fully stocked waterpoints
Missed out on an entry this year?
Makes sure you are added to the waiting list in order to qualify for the first entries opening date on 14 February 2018 by entering before the 1 June 2017.

  • You do not have to ride in your same pairing, but BOTH riders need to be on the database
  • You can enter any of the three events, once the event is fully subscribed you will be placed on that events waiting list
  • Should you wish to participate in another event, you will need to de-register from the original list
Should you wish to cancel your entry, please note the following and contact our entries office to have the cancellation processed.

  • 75% of the entry fee is refundable if the cancellation is done in or before the month of August
  • 50% of the entry fee is refundable is the cancellation is done in September
  • 0% of the entry fee is refundable if the cancellation is done in October or November

*If at this late stage your partner can no longer participate, you will be allowed to do a late substitution or partake as an individual rider
*You will be allowed to collect your partners race pack, please return the unused bike board and inform the entries office if you will be a single rider
*Under no circumstances will an entry be rolled over

Substitutions can be done on line as follows:

  1. Log in with existing participants ID No.
  2. Click on “Substitution” button and you will be guided through the process.
  3. The administrative cost of a substitution is R 300; and the substitution will not reflect until such payment has been made.
  4. Once you have made the substitution payment, you will receive a new email confirming the new rider. If you have not received the mail, contact the entry office.

Please take note of the following with regards to substitutions:

  • Cyclists who have entered and paid, but cannot participate in the W2W Event, for whatever reason, must inform the entries office.
  • No cyclist is allowed to participate under the name of another participant. Such action will lead to immediate disqualification.
  • Once a substitution is completed, the original riders’ details will not be kept for future events.
  • ALL substitutions close on 30 September 2017
  • Late substitutions can then only be done at Registration @ R 500 per person
  • Substituted team participants will receive the clothing size of the initial participant, unless this is changed before 30 March.
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