CAPE TOWN, October 10– The 2017 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) mountain bike (MTB) Events will kick off at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate on Friday, October 27 with Stage One of the adventure.
The first of three stages, Stage One boasts a spectacular 68km route that features an impressive 1 650m ascent.
Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders will cross through (and over) 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 whales of Hermanus!
“Iconic sections will include the Lourensford and Vergelegen climbs, the PERI Vergelegen Bridge, the portage over Gantouw Pass and the A2Z single tracks,” says Johan Kriegler, W2W MTB Director.
“The Lourensford climb with downhill is the best gravel highway in South Africa. Expect good gravel roads, jeep tracks and single tracks. The good news is that the Gantouw Pass is the only portage section on the FNB W2W route and it features on Stage One. It is rocky.”
“We’ve made some changes to the A2Z trails,” continued Kriegler. “Sections B and C are more flowing, while W has been excluded due to it being too technical. Instead we’ve extended V, adding a more flowing downhill exit.
“We’ve also included three new single tracks in Molteno. The rest of Molteno however has changed, as not to interfere with farm activities.”
“My advice to first time riders is to pace well. Stage One starts with the 8km Lourensford climb. Don’t get pulled into the hype and frenzy of other riders. Cycle your own pace. Remember there is still another 60km to go.
“Be careful at the Lourensford downhill after the climb, it’s very fast with sharp turns and occasional ruts. Most importantly savor the moment.”