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Shiraz 2 - 4 Nov 2018

Where to Watch 

FNB Wines2Whales

FNB Wines2Whales will be more spectator friendly than ever in 2018. Each stage boasts two official spectator points, where mountain biking fans will be able to watch the riders pedal by; while relaxing over a coffee, a glass of wine and even a snack. So take note of where you can watch from… 

Stage 3

Houw Hoek Inn - Spectator Point 1

Riding Distance: 16km

Traveling Time: 13 Minutes from Oak Valley

Location: N2, Houw Hoek, Grabouw

GPS: 34.2056° S, 19.1511° EGoogle Maps

 

First Riders Expected

Shiraz (4 Nov): 09:10


The child-friendly Houw Hoek Hotel is situated in the heart of mother nature in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, a leisurely 80 km from Cape Town, just off the N2 freeway. Peacefully positioned in an exquisite location, between majestic mountains and beautiful ponds, making this the perfect place to relax, unwind and watch the riders as they head to the final finish line in Oak Valley Estate. 

https://houwhoekhotel.com

Paul Cluver Amphitheatre - Spectator Point 2

Riding Distance: 39km

Traveling Time: 9 Minutes from Houw Hoek Inn

Location: Paul Cluver Estate Wines, N2, Kromco Turn off

GPS: 34°10'02.8"S 19°05'24.6"E | Google Maps

 

First Riders Expected

Shiraz (4 Nov): 10:05

 

While the riders race through the bridges of the Paul Cluver Bike Park fans can gather at the Amphitheatre to cheer them along. With the leaders expected through well before 9am it’ll be a case of cappuccinos while you watch. After cheering on your team make a stop at the Paul Cluver Tasting Room, which lies between the Amphitheatre and the farm’s exit. It opens at 10am, so you could stop to purchase a bottle of their world class cool-climate wine, to accompany dinner that evening, before heading to Spectator Point 2 at the Hickory Shack. 

 

www.cluver.com

Oak Valley - Stage 3 Finish

Riding Distance: 55km

Traveling Time: 8 minutes from the Paul Cluver

Location: 127 Oak Avenue, Grabouw

GPS: S34° 09.251' E19° 03.600' | Google Maps

 

Winners Expected

Shiraz (4 Nov): 10:25

 

Oak Valley Estate sees riders come home after Stage3, welcoming them to the race village for the final finish. Riders and spectators alike can enjoy the many offerings like the CBC Chill Zone, Spur’s famous burgers and the vibe as the winners roll across the finish line.     

Stage 2

Paul Cluver Amphitheatre - Spectator Point 1

Riding Distance: 35km

Traveling Time: 20 Minutes from Oak Valley

Location: Paul Cluver Estate Wines, N2, Kromco Turn off

GPS: 34°10'02.8"S 19°05'24.6"E | Google Maps


First Riders Expected

Pinotage (30 Oct): 10:30

Shiraz (3 Nov): 09:05

 

While the riders race through the bridges of the Paul Cluver Bike Park fans can gather at the Amphitheatre to cheer them along. With the leaders expected through well before 9am it’ll be a case of cappuccinos while you watch. After cheering on your team make a stop at the Paul Cluver Tasting Room, which lies between the Amphitheatre and the farm’s exit. It opens at 10am, so you could stop to purchase a bottle of their world class cool-climate wine, to accompany dinner that evening, before heading to Spectator Point 2 at the Hickory Shack. 


www.cluver.com

Hickory Shack - Spectator Point 2

Riding Distance: 52km

Traveling Time: 15 Minutes from Paul Cluver

Location: Thandi Estate, off the N2

GPS: 34°11'07.7"S 19°05'52.1"E | Google Maps


First Riders Expected

Pinotage (Oct 30): 10:15

Shiraz (Nov 3): 09:00

 

Depending on who you’re following the Hickory Shack is the perfect spot for lunch on Day 2 of FNB Wines2Whales. Boasting a menu inspired by the American South and a mouth-watering array of smoked dishes, like pulled pork and beef brisket. If you are rushing after one of the leading teams; don’t stress they also do breakfasts – so you can enjoy a brunch once your cheerleading duties are done. 


www.hickoryshack.co.za

Oak Valley - Stage 2 Finish

Riding Distance: 66km
Traveling Time: 19 minutes from the Hickory Shack
Location: 127 Oak Avenue, Grabouw
GPS: S34° 09.251' E19° 03.600' | Google Maps

Winners Expected
Pinotage: 10:50
Shiraz: 09:20

Oak Valley Estate sees riders come home after Stage 2, welcoming them to the race village for the second night. Riders and spectators alike can enjoy the many offerings like the CBC Chill Zone, Spur’s famous burgers and the vibe as the winners roll across the finish line each day.     

Stage 1

Elgin Grabouw Country Club - Spectator Point 2

Riding Distance: 50km

Traveling Time: 1 hour, due to Road Works, from Idiom Wines

Location: 26 Worcester Street, Grabouw

GPS: 34°07'42.2"S 19°01'24.7"E | Google Maps


First Riders Expected 

Pinotage (Oct 29): 08:15

Shiraz (Nov 2): 09:00

 

On the banks of the Eikenhof Dam, the Elgin Grabouw Country Club is located at the exit of the A2Z trails so the riders will be in high spirits when they reach Spectator Point 2. The Country Club boasts a restaurant, so fans will be able to grab a coffee or a meal while they wait for their favourite riders to summit the Gantouw Pass and make their way through the great trails. 


www.countryclub.co.za

Idiom Wines - Spectator Point 1

Riding Distance: 32km

Traveling Time: 30 Minutes from Lourensford Wine Estate

Location: Sir Lowrys Pass, Knorhoek Estate entrance

GPS: 34°10'39.0”S 18°94'12.1”E | Google Maps


First Riders Expected

Pinotage (29 Oct): 07:45

Shiraz (2 Nov): 08:25

 

With its famous fynbos garden and beautiful glass fronted restaurant, Idiom Wines provides the perfect first spectator point for the 2018 FNB Wines2Whales. If the notoriously fickle W2W weather plays along the place to be will undoubtedly be on the terrace in Idiom’s Terrazza; with its panoramic views of the mountains the riders will need to summit and the vineyards from which their award winning wines originate. 


www.idiom.co.za

Oak Valley - Stage 1 Finish

Riding Distance: 69km
Traveling Time: 30 minutes from Idiom Wines
Location: 127 Oak Avenue, Grabouw
GPS: S34° 09.251' E19° 03.600' | Google Maps

Winners Expected
Pinotage (Oct 29): 9:00
Shiraz (Nov 2): 09:30

Oak Valley lies in the heart of the Elgin Valley, renowned for its apples and pears, its greenhouse cut-flowers, and, for the production of its outstanding cool climate wines. It has been home to the FNB Wines2Whales Race Village for many years and will see some exciting racing being the finish line for Stage 1 

Registration

The Coffee Roasting Company 

While the riders are picking up their race numbers and FNB Wines2Whales registration packs why not drop by the Coffee Roasting Company, on Lourensford Wine Estate. For the duration of the race, the popular Cyclist Special will be available to all riders. This is a coffee and choc chip croissant or choc chip cookie; which can be enjoyed under the trees in the beautiful gardens at the roastery. Meet a few fellow spectators, who you will no doubt be travelling in convoy with for the next three days and get into the mountain bike stage race swing of things. Remember to also stock up on beans for the month… we know how coffee hungry a mountain biking household can be. 

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