FNB Wines2Whales Chardonnay

Friday, 25 October 2019 - Sunday, 27 October 2019
Western CapeOak Valley Wine Estate

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The FNB Wines2Whales was born out of the desire to establish a world-class 3-day stage race in the Western Cape, South Africa. Since its inception in 2009 it has become a must-do event on the mountain bike calendar, with riders from all of over South Africa and the world queuing for the chance to ride it.

Venue

Oak Valley Wine Estate, Western Cape
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Milkman, Oct 17 2019 07:44

Does anybody know if we can download the routes on our Garmin's for navigation and profiles ?

Jako De Wet, Oct 17 2019 07:55

There is a pretty decent route profile here

https://wines2whales...route/#tab-id-1

 

Not sure about downloading the routes though

DieselnDust, Oct 17 2019 08:06

No nav maps available for the route as it traverses private land

Milkman, Oct 17 2019 08:21

No nav maps available for the route as it traverses private land

 

 

Thank you.

Quagga, Oct 17 2019 08:26

Does anybody know if we can download the routes on our Garmin's for navigation and profiles ?

No they don't publish the files as far as I know

Furbz, Oct 17 2019 08:39

i'll be there!

Nick, Oct 17 2019 09:13

They usually hand out top tube profile stickers at the start, if that helps.

Jako De Wet, Oct 17 2019 09:24

I prefer to ride not knowing what is coming, otherwise I psych myself out before the big climb even begins :D

 

They usually hand out top tube profile stickers at the start, if that helps.

DieselnDust, Oct 17 2019 09:36

No time to psyche yourself out. It starts immediately after you cross the start line lol

Jako De Wet, Oct 17 2019 09:40

haha, I know, I have ridden Lourensford a few times, so at least I am prepared for that.

Just going to wing the rest.

 

No time to psyche yourself out. It starts immediately after you cross the start line lol

Jako De Wet, Oct 18 2019 01:31

So far the weather looks GREAT for next weekend.

 

Luckily this is Cape Town so it will probably still change at least 4 times before then.

DieselnDust, Oct 18 2019 01:46

Nope ,..... that’s what it will be.

burty, Oct 18 2019 02:09

Rookie question. Do we drop bags at registration or Friday before ride. What’s a good time to be there Friday ?

Riaanoster, Oct 18 2019 02:14

My Wines 2 Whales experience ........elevation is way less that advertised on website (maybe changed this year)

 

Last 3 years Day 3 was less than 900m climbing......or maybe my Garmin is damaged ;-)

milky4130, Oct 18 2019 02:24

My Wines 2 Whales experience ........elevation is way less that advertised on website (maybe changed this year)

Last 3 years Day 3 was less than 900m climbing......or maybe my Garmin is damaged ;-)

everyones device always records differently, there are some setting that can be done on the device itself then you could also, if using Strava do an Elevation Correction but the latter doesn’t help you during the race.

milky4130, Oct 18 2019 02:28

Rookie question. Do we drop bags at registration or Friday before ride. What’s a good time to be there Friday ?

yes drop before the start, depending on your start batch 6:00 is a good time. First group starts at 7. Always factor in traffic into Lourensford sometimes it can be a mess getting in to the venue. Aiming to Get there at 6 will take care of traffic, Give you enough time to get fully dressed & bike sorted, have breakfast and go to the toilet if need be but who doesn’t need a toilet before a race 😝 ...oh and drop car keys off if you are using a vehicle transfer.

DieselnDust, Oct 18 2019 05:56

Rookie question. Do we drop bags at registration or Friday before ride. What’s a good time to be there Friday ?


Bag drop is Friday before start.
arrive about an hour before your start time.

wessie12, Oct 20 2019 07:48

Hi guys. Any weather predictions from the locals? Looks like some rain.

DieselnDust, Oct 20 2019 09:25

Hi guys. Any weather predictions from the locals? Looks like some rain.

 

heavy rain forecast for Friday and Saturday

Christie, Oct 20 2019 10:59

Prepare for rain Fri, Sat, Sun.
It looks like heavy rain on Fr, lighter on Sat, clearing up on Sun. I recommend a proper rain jacket, and consider fitting a mudguard. Pack a base layer in the Camelbak - temperatures look ok, but it can be cold if the clouds are low.Tyre choise: not hardpack - ones that can clear mud with larger knoblies, further appart.

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Ashold, Oct 20 2019 11:08

Is that kind of rain even rideable? The weather system is still developing so it may still change, but that's the sort of torrent that gets organisers twitchy.

DieselnDust, Oct 20 2019 11:19

The trails are very rideable in that sort of weather. The portage section is going to be tricky as the rock will be very slippery. May have to consider routing the race over Sir Lowry's Pass....

Christie, Oct 20 2019 11:28

Forecast may get better during the week - keep an eye out. But best be prepared for some rain. A North-Westerly wind almost always brings rain, the exact time and intensity may differ.

wessie12, Oct 20 2019 11:57

I rode Paul Cluver yesterday and there is alot of freshly graded sections that is loose and sandy ( puffy and dry sand) which is going to make things interesting with that amount of rain.

LeoKnight, Oct 21 2019 07:52

Weather predication still looks challenging, but hopefully it will not be as bad on the day (and yes in the cape things can change very quickly)