At the FNB Wines2Whales there’s racing, good times and #SeriousGEES; there are thrills and spills, and there are memories made that will last a lifetime. There is also an element that often goes unnoticed to many, but to the benefactors of the charity angle of the FNB Wines2Whales, the efforts are nothing short of life-changing.

Charity and giving back have long been key characteristics of the FNB Wines2Whales, and in 2021 R144 000 was raised via the official GivenGain charity page. Of this total amount, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA team raised a whopping R55 795, with Vernon Rudman leading the charge in funds raised (R30 195). Every cent raised during the 2021 FNB Wines2Whales goes towards caring for the 300+ dogs and cats in the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s care.

“It costs us on average R110 per animal per day to meet the needs of all the animals in our care awaiting loving homes,” explained Natasha Johannes of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. “All the funds raised through this initiative will go directly into our adoption centre, which operates at R2.5 million annually. Passion is everything; and it’s united in this passion that we can change the lives of animals.”

In addition to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA now having an additional R55 795 to assist their heartfelt efforts, they, and Vernon Rudman each won an entry into the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales!

To Vernon, racing the FNB Wines2Whales was incredible, but doing it for a good cause was the cherry on top.

“To ride the iconic FNB Wines2Whales for a good cause this year made it that much more enjoyable and special. The FNB Wines2Whales has set the bar high with the new trails which both thrilled and excited all who participated as we were making history riding the Switchback for the very first time,” enthused Vernon Rudman. “The huge support along the route and at the finish each day, while wearing the Cape of Good Hope SPCA cycling kit was very touching, making all our fundraising efforts that more meaningful. We want to extend our gratitude and thank the FNB Wines2Whales Team for their kindness in allowing all the charities who participated a platform to raise much needed funds during these very challenging times.”

Entries to the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales are now open and riders can secure their entries immediately. For any riders wishing to add additional purpose to their pre-event training and racing, they can sign up to ride and fundraise for one of the FNB Wines2Whales’ official charities, or for a charity that’s close to their heart.

For more information on the official FNB W2W charities and beneficiaries, click here: https://www.wines2whales.com/involve/charities/

To secure an entry into the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales, click here: https://www.wines2whales.com/riders/entry-information/

The Epic Series and Squirt Cycling Products have announced a multi-year deal wherein Squirt Cycling Products increases its involvement with the Epic Series and becomes the Official Bicycle Care Products partner to the Epic Series and its global portfolio of class-leading mountain bike stage races.

Squirt Cycling Products has been involved with the Epic Series since 2010 through their partnership with the FNB Wines2Whales. In 2018, Squirt Cycling Products increased their involvement in the Epic Series by partnering with the Swiss Epic and then in 2019, the partnership was extended to the pinnacle event.

Squirt Cycling Products’ wax-base Squirt Chain Lube, Biodegradable Bike Cleaner, Squirt SEAL Tyre Sealant, and Squirt Barrier Balm have long been a favourite of mountain bikers across the world thanks to the brand’s distribution in 42 countries, sustainable approach to products and production, and their proven history of success.

“The IRONMAN®️ Group is excited to partner with Squirt Cycling Products as the brand is already globally recognised for their high-quality product and commitment to sustainability and biodegradability,” said Matt Wikstrom, Chief Partnership Officer at The IRONMAN®️ Group. “Squirt’s products have been tried and tested in the harshest conditions during the Epic Series races in Africa and they have always stood up to the challenges at hand. We look forward to welcoming Squirt Cycling Products to the entire Epic Series.”

As Official Bicycle Care Products supplier to the entire Epic Series, Squirt Cycling Products will offer complimentary bike washes after each stage, pre- and mid-stage chain lube stations to keep drivetrains running smooth, and Barrier Balm samples for all teams.

“Squirt Cycling Products is excited to once again be the Official Bicycle Care Product supplier to the 2022 Absa Cape Epic and the entire Epic Series,” explained Danie Van Wyk, Director Squirt Cycling Products. “We will be providing premium quality environmentally friendly products in line with our, and the Epic Series’ ethos of sustainability and care for the communities and environment we play in.”

Both the 2019 and 2021 FNB Wines2Whales encountered torrential downpours during the events, but the rain did little to dampen the spirits of the teams as they raced through the trails from Lourensford Wine Estate, to Oak Valley, to Hermanus. Squirt’s Chain Lube was the saviour of the day for many teams as it kept bikes going and thus ensured that riders could continue to enjoy the #SeriousGEES, despite the conditions.

“The Epic Series races take place in the most iconic regions that the world has to offer, and we strive to leave the trails and regions in as perfect condition as before the event arrived,” explained Kati Csak, Epic Series Senior Director of Global MTB. “Squirt Cycling Products’ dedication to recyclable and reusable packaging and the fact that their products are all biodegradable aligns perfectly with our mission of offering world-class experiences with little to no negative impact on the environment and I am excited to have them onboard across the global Epic Series.”

To learn more about Squirt Cycling Products, please visit https://www.squirtcyclingproducts.com/.

Entries to the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales are now OPEN and selling fast; secure yours today!

After the successful running of the inaugural FNB Wines2Whales Switchback, the Race with Gees returns to its origins and will take teams from the wines of Lourensford Wine Estate to the whales of Hermanus.

Entries open on 14 February at 09:00 GMT+2.

In 2021, we turned things on their head by switching back on our traditional route and took teams from the coast to the vineyards during the inaugural FNB Wines2Whales Switchback. Though in 2022, we are returning to our origins as the traditional route is back on the cards and teams can secure their entries on 14 February at 09:00 GMT+2.

From 28 October to 6 November 2022, teams will tackle the original FNB Wines2Whales route from Lourensford Wine Estate to Oak Valley Estate, and then on to the whales of Hermanus. Though when we say we’re returning to the original, we don’t mean to exactly the same route as was last raced in 2019.

By now everyone knows that Race Founder, Johan Kriegler (affectionately known as JK) and the Cape Trails team of trail-building-magicians have a passion for creating trails that induce ear-to-ear grins, therefore teams who enter the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales can expect all the usual trails that they’ve come to know and love and are guaranteed many new twists, turns and bridges.

And yes, trekking up Gantouw Pass is a part of the route once again!

On 14 February, at 09:00 GMT+2, entries to the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales will open and teams who act swiftly will secure themselves a spot on the start line and they’ll also receive:

  • A Ciovita FNB W2W rider jersey
  • A Ciovita FNB W2W rider garment
  • Seven meals from Woolworths
  • Fully stocked water points overflowing with Woolworths food and USN products
  • Free wifi in the race village

If that’s not enough to convince you, here’s what the 2021 riders had to say:

“The package is complete – the food was great, the route variety was awesome, and the “gees” that goes with the event is like immersing yourself in happiness”

“What an awesome adventure, and it was my first ever stage race. The W2W team helped from start to end and I was never in doubt where to, when to, why to, and what to. The trails were beyond my expectations, the goodie bag was a total blessing, the food top notch.

And the Gees was a blast !”

In 2022 there are several entry packages available for teams wishing to enter and they range from a “Ride Only” option to living in the utmost luxury in the “Single Luxury Tents”. Here’s a look at the options:

Ride Only: Teams stay offsite and meals are not included in the entry fee. All accommodation and transport is to be self-arranged.

Meals Only: Teams stay offsite and meals are included in the entry fee. All accommodation and transport is to be self-arranged.

Standard Tent: Each rider in the team is allocated their own single tent. Meals and all.

Double Luxury Tents: Each team is allocated a larger canvas tent that is shared. The tent is complete with interiors, carpeted flooring, beds and linen, and camping chairs for kicking back and relaxing after each stage.

Single Luxury Tents: Each rider in the team has their own individual luxury canvas tent. The tent is complete with interiors, carpeted flooring, beds and linen, and a camping chair for kicking back and relaxing after each stage.

To secure your entry into the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales, be sure to click here on 14 February at 09:00 GMT+2!