Austrian friends Rene Haselbacher and Philipp Ludescher will have their eyes on the prize the weekend of 11 – 13 November 2011 when they team up to take on the much anticipated Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati.

Only in its third year, the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race has become a hot favourite amongst members of the mountain biking community.  Riders looking to enjoy the splendour of the Wines2Whales route without the added challenge of a race will be seen in action the prior weekend (04 – 06 November 2011) when they take on the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Adventure powered by Maserati.

David George & Rene Haselbacher

According to Haselbacher, the 2010 race was so much fun that he just had to be back this year.  “Last year’s race was so nice it made me want to come back this year.  This time round I’ll be teaming up with my Austrian friend and former team mate Philipp Ludescher.   I like the idea of stage racing as it’s very common in road cycling.  Philipp and I have the exact same mountain biking skills and we’ll be aiming for at least a top five finish at this year’s race,” says Haselbacher, who teamed up with David George at the 2010 Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race.

Ludescher has had a remarkable transition from road cycling to mountain biking.  “I started mountain biking with Rene in 2010 as part of my road training.  We had so much fun that we decided to take part in the Crocodile Trophy in Australia.  Although this was my first mountain bike race I managed to win one stage, while finishing second on two stages and third on two stages.  Rene only speaks positively about the Wines2Whales Race, claiming that both the route and organisation is amazing.  I’m really looking forward to being part of the action this year”, says Ludescher who has been living in Cape Town for close on a year now.

Philipp Ludescher


Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders will cross through (and over) 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads and mountain passes, nature conservation areas (including the Kogelberg Biosphere) before finishing within sight of the famous whales of Hermanus!

  • CONTEGO WINES2WHALES MTB ADVENTURE: Friday, 04 November 2011 until Sunday, 06 November 2011
  • CONTEGO WINES2WHALES MTB RACE: Friday, 11 November 2011 until Sunday, 13 November 2011


Start Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)

Finish Grabouw Country Club


Start Grabouw Country Club

Finish Grabouw Country Club


Start Grabouw Country Club

Finish Onrus Caravan Park by Hermanus