Wines2Whales entries open - with five pricing options

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You can race hard, or just enjoy the great trails, at Wines2Whales. (Photo: Nick Muzik)
You can race hard, or just enjoy the great trails, at Wines2Whales. (Photo: Nick Muzik)
  • This year you can go basic or luxury, for the Wines2Whales event.
  • The route also returns to its traditional format, finishing in Hermanus.
  • As usual, there are three slots to choose from. Two weekend events and a midweek option.

After a reverse route last year, the FNB Wines2Whales returns to its original Somerset-West start.

Arguably the most popular three-day stage race in South Africa, entries for the 2022 Wines2Whales have opened. Rides can choose between three rotations of the event, scheduled for the last weekend of October, and first week of November.

The Wines2Whales will start at Lourenford wine estate and finish at the Curro school, in Hermanus. In previous years, the race often ended at the Onrus caravan park, on the beach.

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Suffer together. Stay together. Wines2Whales is all about the team dynamic. (Photo: Sam Clark)

You stay offsite - or have a huge tent in the race village 

Organisers offer five event packages, varying in luxury and convenience. Like all local multiday stage races, the Wines2Whales is a team event. The most affordable entry option is R11 400, including lunch in the race village, but no breakfast, dinner or accommodation.

If you want the full meal service but prefer to stay offsite, the entry fee grows to R13 700. Don’t mind camping? The mid-tier Wales2Wales entry includes that, at R15 500.

Riders who want a proximity-glamping experience at Wines2Whales, can opt for the double luxury tent experience at R21 700. These tents feature bends, duvets, and pillows and are roomy enough for riders to stand upright. Want the luxury tent option but not eager to share? Then your entry goes up to R22 950.

The Overberg terrain and riding features, are a treat. (Photo: Nick Muzik)

It will be warm - but worth it

Catering for the event is by Woolworths and post-stage milkshakes are complimentary for the field. The venerable goodie bag includes an official Wines2Whales rider jersey and casual garment, both supplied by Ciovita.

Keen on some terrific Overberg singletrack riding later this year? The Wines2Whales Chardonnay is scheduled for 28-30 October, followed by the Pinotage (31 October to 2 November), and the Shiraz rotation, from 4-6 November.

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