Ride report | Wines2Whales Switchback

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Wines2Whales has some great Overberg riding. Even in reverse (Photo: Wines2Whales/Sportograf)
Wines2Whales has some great Overberg riding. Even in reverse (Photo: Wines2Whales/Sportograf)

Wines2Whales is one of South Africa’s premier three-day mountain bike races. Traditionally, it sees riders traverse some incredible trails, riding from Somerset West to Hermanus.

So when organisers announced a Switchback version of the event, where riders would effectively do the route backwards, I was worried. Because it is always uphill from the sea - that is just basic geography. 

There would be no more descending the A-to-Z trails, the Kat Pass into Botrivier or the amazing flowing singletrack through the Hemel and Aarde Valley. And those singletrack sections are really fun downhill. And the reason many riders, come to do a Wines2Whales. 

With a couple of Wines2Whales finishes under my belt, I was intrigued.

Switching routes works for the Comrades. Maybe it could work for Wines2Whales too.

With an entry secured and my old riding partner, Dane Wilson convinced, Team Driepoot was back together. 

Why Driepoot? Well, we only have three legs and three arms between the two of us, Wilson due to a congenital condition and myself due to a motorcycle accident a couple of years back.

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