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#SeriousGEES is back at 2022 FNB Wines2Whales

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 […]

FNB Wines2Whales Wine Route – Lourensford

The original start venue for the FNB Wines2Whales Lourensford is one of the most iconic destinations for mountain biking in South Africa. With the Switchback the estate has the opportunity to wow riders like never before. Lourensford is one of South Africa’s oldest estates. That said it has only been an active wine farm, in […]

FNB Wines2Whales Wine Route – Journey’s End

Nestled in the Helderberg Basin, surrounded by an imposing range of peaks on three sides with False Bay across the plains to the south, Journey’s End is undoubtedly a fitting name for this fine estate. Journey’s End is by no means the end for FNB Wines2Whales however. Located within the opening kilometers of the standard […]

FNB Wines2Whales Wine Route – Vergelegen

When Vergelegen was established, in 1700, it was truly far from the Cape Colony. Now, 321 years later, it borders on the bustling heart of Somerset West but remains an oasis of wilderness in the Helderberg Basin. Not only is Vergelegen at the heart of Somerset West, but it also at the heart of FNB […]

FNB Wines2Whales Wine Route – Idiom

Situated high on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains Idiom Wines boasts an absolutely spectacular view. From its restaurant and tasting room visitors look out across the Helderberg Basin, over False Bay and back at the sweeping curve of the Hottentots Holland Mountain Range. A traditional final stop before taking on the Gantouw Pass portage […]

FNB Wines2Whales Wine Route – Oak Valley

There is no farm, which the FNB Wines2Whales route passes through that has as big an impact on the race as Oak Valley. Not only does the estate host the race village, with both nights of the stage race spent on its sports grounds, but it also provides some of the event’s most iconic singletracks. […]

The Prize That Keeps on Giving

Rowena Kemp won a pair of BH mountain bikes in the FNB Wines2Whales Champions Chase in November 2020. Since receiving her bike, she’s clocked up 700 fun-filled kilometres of riding. Here’s how it’s going for Rowena and ‘Antonio’ the BH. Rowena Kemp was the ultimate winner in the 2020 FNB Wines2Whales Champions Chase competition. Her […]

R100 000 raised during the FNB Wines2Whales Challenge

The FNB Wines2Whales Challenge, which encouraged riders to donate R1 for every kilometre that they rode throughout 1 and 2 August, raised R100 000 for the Botrivier Crèche Initiative. 2020 has been a year that has challenged everyone, especially the events industry. While many may see the FNB Wines2Whales as “just” a mountain bike event, […]


SeriousGEES Sunday with Amy McDougall

Happy Women’s day. The FNB Wines2Whales has always placed a large emphasis on equality, through the focus the Chardonnay has on women’s racing, to the coverage of the event itself, with dedicated teams following every pedal stroke. We caught up with 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Chardonnay defending champion, Amy McDougall, to hear her top tips on […]


SeriousGEES Sunday with HB Kruger

Mechanicals come with the territory in the world of mountain biking with equipment being pushed to its absolute limit as riders descend loose trails and rip through berms at high speed. Finding the limits and pushing through them are daily occurrences for professional riders the world over, but sometimes the gods of cycling are not in […]