Wines2Whales Adventure

This past weekend saw the Wines2Whales Adventure taking place on some of the best trails the Cape Winelands has on offer. This looks like a proper mountain bike race, where skills are as important as fitness. I will be partnering up with Daniel from iRideAfrica for the race staring this Friday, cant wait.


Spirits were high on Sunday, 06 November 2011 when over 700 mountain bikers crossed the finish line at Onrus Caravan Park after three days of magnificent mountain biking at the 2011 Contego Wines2Whales MTB Adventure powered by Maserati (Friday, 04 November 2011 – Sunday, 06 November 2011).

Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders had to 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 at Onrus, clocking an impressive 220km in the saddle over the three day period.

Veteran Men’s Team Bruce Poole and Eben Espach of Team PEG came out with guns blazing on Sunday, after a mechanical problem cost them the stage win the previous day.  According to Poole, their goal was to make up on as much time as possible.  “The Wines2Whales route definitely tests your mountain biking ability.  You need to be able to ride a bike to participate in this event.  Getting some technical riding under the belt before the time is also a must”, suggests Poole.  “The route features a proper mixture of mountain biking terrain.  You can’t get better than this”.  Team PEG completed the 2011 Contego Wines2Whales MTB Adventure in a combined time of 10:29:02, securing an overall win in the men’s team category.  Team TBA came in 2nd, while Team Craib Bros finished 3rd.

Ronel van Wyk and Ben Cronje of Team ASG Sport Solutions had a hat trick win on the day, crossing the finish line in an impressive time of 04hours24minutes19seconds.  Their combined time for the three days was a spectacular 11hours53minutes43seconds.  According to Ronel they had a great time on route.  “The Wines2Whales Adventure is definitely one of the best mountain biking events that the Cape has to offer.  The scenery is absolutely beautiful, while the routes are magnificent.  It is obvious that a lot of effort went into building these stunning routes.  If Uncle Ben is keen we’ll definitely be back next year”, says van Wyk.  Team Smile placed 2nd in the mixed team category, while Team The Comets finished 3rd.

Adele Ambrose and Amoryn Saayman of Team Cycle Nation rode to victory in the Women’s Team category with a combined time of 13hours16minutes05seconds.  According to Ambrose they’re not embarrassed to admit that they chose the ‘Erdwurm’ section at Paul Cluver over the infamous Pofadder route.  “We were very happy with our decision especially after hearing all the men screaming as they road down Pofadder.  We thoroughly enjoyed the Wines2Whales Adventure and will definitely choose it over the Race next year again.  The Adventure is very chilled with riders joking on route”, says Ambrose.  Team Goemans Farm placed 2nd, while Team Turf2surf ladies finished 3rd.

Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati: Next weekend (Friday, 11 November 2011 until Sunday, 13 November 2011) South Africa’s racing snakes will be out in full force when they take on the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati.  The Wines2Whales Race will take riders over the exact same route as the Wines2Whales Adventure.

Friday, 11 November 2011


Start Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)

Finish Grabouw Country Club

Saturday, 12 November 2011


Start Grabouw Country Club

Finish Grabouw Country Club

Sunday, 13  November 2011


Start Grabouw Country Club

Finish Onrus Caravan Park by Hermanus

Final Adventure results can be viewed here