FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz

Friday, 1 November 2019 - Sunday, 3 November 2019
Western CapeOak Valley Wine Estate

Details

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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Beer4Recovery, Oct 14 2019 12:50

Noob questions. First time doing Wine2Whales.

 

1. What do you pack in terms of clothing, bedding etc? (have the tent +mattress option)

2. How does the shower facilities work?

3. Is it noisy in the tent village at night with all the snoring?

4. Any preferred meds to pack for cramps, stomach ache, headaches etc? 

5. Can you charge phones / power banks at the race village?

 

Any tips/tricks welcome.

 

Thank you.

DieselnDust, Oct 14 2019 01:55

Noob questions. First time doing Wine2Whales.
 
1. What do you pack in terms of clothing, bedding etc? (have the tent +mattress option)

Sleeping bag with a base sheet and a pillow

2. How does the shower facilities work?

Generally the chemical toilets work but often riders don’t know how to use them. Take a spare roll of toilet paper along and a head torch so that you can inspect the toilet before use. This safes never from sitting down in someone’s else’s ****. ....

3. Is it noisy in the tent village at night with all the snoring?

Snoring , generator sets and noisy orgasims all par for the course . Take ear plugs or a white noise generator if you have one.

4. Any preferred meds to pack for cramps, stomach ache, headaches etc? 

Take what works for you. The medical tent has most meds but you don’t want to find out you’re allergic to panado on day 1

5. Can you charge phones / power banks at the race village?

Yes Amped has a charge station in race village
 
Any tips/tricks welcome.

Have fun , keep your sense of humour high you will need it on the single track
 
Thank you.

copperhead, Oct 14 2019 02:40

Everything works well at this race. Ironman have bought it out and this is their second year (I think) of running it. It is a well oiled machine. Have fun and as above just take what you normally use. My last one was 2 years ago and it was still excellent.

Pieterlab1, Oct 14 2019 02:45

 

Noob questions. First time doing Wine2Whales.
 
1. What do you pack in terms of clothing, bedding etc? (have the tent +mattress option)

Sleeping bag with a base sheet and a pillow

2. How does the shower facilities work?

Generally the chemical toilets work but often riders don’t know how to use them. Take a spare roll of toilet paper along and a head torch so that you can inspect the toilet before use. This safes never from sitting down in someone’s else’s ****. ....

3. Is it noisy in the tent village at night with all the snoring?

Snoring , generator sets and noisy orgasims all par for the course . Take ear plugs or a white noise generator if you have one.

4. Any preferred meds to pack for cramps, stomach ache, headaches etc? 

Take what works for you. The medical tent has most meds but you don’t want to find out you’re allergic to panado on day 1

5. Can you charge phones / power banks at the race village?

Yes Amped has a charge station in race village
 
Any tips/tricks welcome.

Have fun , keep your sense of humour high you will need it on the single track
 
Thank you.

 

What about showers?

 

Is it a hosepipe on a branch or is it decent like the ones at Sani2c?

DieselnDust, Oct 14 2019 03:07

What about showers?
 
Is it a hosepipe on a branch or is it decent like the ones at Sani2c?


Same as those used at the cape epic I.e hot water, stainless steel floor and good ventilation. Very sanitary. They’re built into a truck trailer .
Hans grohe shower heads if that floats your boat

Beer4Recovery, Oct 29 2019 08:57

Weather is looking good (better) for the Shiraz this weekend. Been reading up on the other forums about the Chardonnay event, most feel a bit disappointed about the water points and the elitist vibe associated with the event compared to the midweek #seriousgees vibes for first timers to the event.

 

We are first timers who got a complimentary entry for the Shiraz (pro race event), I don't want that to dampen our experience of the event, so going to approach this with an open mind and if it's really that terrible, I will report back. Trails look good though.

BMCfan, Oct 29 2019 09:06

Weather is looking good (better) for the Shiraz this weekend. Been reading up on the other forums about the Chardonnay event, most feel a bit disappointed about the water points and the elitist vibe associated with the event compared to the midweek #seriousgees vibes for first timers to the event.

 

We are first timers who got a complimentary entry for the Shiraz (pro race event), I don't want that to dampen our experience of the event, so going to approach this with an open mind and if it's really that terrible, I will report back. Trails look good though.

 

 

That is the spirit!

 

I am sure i am going to bump into you in the beer tent!

 

These events are what one make of it! And its going to be lekker!!!!!!!

DieselnDust, Oct 29 2019 09:11

shiraz looks to be having some rain during Stage 2. Bring on the mud bud!!

edgarblount, Oct 29 2019 09:56

It is looking good...but it can change in a minute.

 

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fabes, Oct 29 2019 10:44

Okes the real question here is what is being done about the rugby? I asked on Facebook page and they don’t seem to care about the final. If we start at 7:30 we will never make 11 kick off?

DieselnDust, Oct 29 2019 10:49

Ride faster. Or get an ebike.
or enjoy the fresh air and roll in for the second half

Nick, Oct 29 2019 10:51

Okes the real question here is what is being done about the rugby? I asked on Facebook page and they don’t seem to care about the final. If we start at 7:30 we will never make 11 kick off?

 

They might decide to start the race a bit earlier. They did that to avoid the rain on Sunday. Starting after the rugby isn't going to be safe  ;)

Jako De Wet, Oct 29 2019 10:53

They made us start at 06:00 on Sunday (Day3 Chardonnay) for the semi-final, so I am sure they will move up the starting times for the final.

DieselnDust, Oct 29 2019 10:57

They made us start at 06:00 on Sunday (Day3 Chardonnay) for the semi-final, so I am sure they will move up the starting times for the final.

 

 

 

ok so I better pack some arm warmers and and my helmet light then .....

edgarblount, Oct 29 2019 11:04

We actually joked this past weekend about that Afrikaans song\saying, "Wie trou dan op 'n final?". "Wie ry W2W op 'n final?"

 

The wife will be sending score updates. I'll just check them at the WPs.

 

Or maybe I can ride along with guys getting updates straight on their Garmin\Wahoo\Polar etc.

 

Go Bokke!

Nick, Oct 29 2019 11:06

We actually joked this past weekend about that Afrikaans song\saying, "Wie trou dan op 'n final?". "Wie ry W2W op 'n final?"

 

The wife will be sending score updates. I'll just check them at the WPs.

 

Or maybe I can ride along with guys getting updates straight on their Garmin\Wahoo\Polar etc.

 

Go Bokke!

 

Find the guy who's streaming it on his phone mounted to his handlebars.

fabes, Oct 29 2019 11:06

We actually joked this past weekend about that Afrikaans song\saying, "Wie trou dan op 'n final?". "Wie ry W2W op 'n final?"

The wife will be sending score updates. I'll just check them at the WPs.

Or maybe I can ride along with guys getting updates straight on their Garmin\Wahoo\Polar etc.

Go Bokke!

Updates not gonna cut it for me

DjCyclist, Oct 29 2019 11:08

Hope you guys are going to be able to ride the Sunday, after we win the Worldcup 😁😁😁 it's not called WINES2whales for nothing 😂😂😂

DieselnDust, Oct 29 2019 11:26

Find the guy who's streaming it on his phone mounted to his handlebars.

 

then make sure you stay behind him with your Go-Pro on!

babse, Nov 01 2019 10:16

first 3 teams in within 0.9 sec of each other.

NAD

PYGA
DSV

Beer4Recovery, Nov 05 2019 01:30

This past weekend's W2W Shiraz event was my first W2W event ever. What an experience!

 

I can definitely recommend this to any first timers to a stage race. From start to finish the organization of this event stood out for me. Everything ran smoothly and the overall experience was great. The water points from Woolies were well stocked with ReHidrate, Coca-cola, water & snacks (dates, bananas, chips, sandwiches, naartjies, watermelon, jelly babies, jelly worms, ocassional banana bread, cake pieces) more than enough to get one going again and we really enjoyed the vibe at the water points. There were even some wines to be sampled en-route. Once fueled up from all the snacks the guys from Squirt lubed up the chains and you set off to the next one or to finish off for the day.

 

Race village was outstanding! DHL provided a massive pickup area (under roof & on pallets so your bags don't get wet / soggy from the grass). Each rider has his own tent with your race number on it, clearly marked and easy to find. Each tent is supplied with a mattress (was comfy and had a good two nights sleep). Overall during the evening I hardly heard any snoring and the weren't too much noise to keep you awake (except for a few noise okes after the rugby world cup win on Saturday evening late). More than enough chill areas provided for riders with bars where you can buy refreshments (beer/coldrinks/wine). The complimentary spur burger & chips was nice after a long ride washed down with some CBC Lager. Hardly any queues waiting for food & drinks. The whole race village was kept tidy and cleaners were constantly cleaning up after people who can't bin their rubbish. We didn't spent any time in FNB lounge area (the indoor area had aircon) but it looked chilled and people were enjoying lounging around. There was a huge area for massages, a huge dining tent where you get a very nice breakfast in the morning as well as dinner in the evenings. The food was great! Really enjoyed the spread. After your ride each day you take your bike to get washed and placed in area where all the bikes are locked up during the night.

 

Ablutions and showers was not too far away and the shower setup worked very well (warm water if you needed it). Overall it was a very nice experience, riders & W2W staff were very friendly through the whole weekend which made the experience even better, not to mention the awesome trails you get to ride on a event like this. My mind was blown by the beautiful scenery and the Gantouw Pass was an experience in itself. The finish in Onrus was great against the backdrop of the ocean and riding on the beach - you have made it!

 

Yes the race is tough but with some training it is more than doable. Next year the route will be in reverse, starting off in Onrus and finishing in Lourensford, I don't know if I'm keen for all that climbing but I really enjoyed my first Wines2Whales and kudos to everyone for making it a very memorable experience, it was GREAT!

Nick, Nov 05 2019 01:48

Agreed. I had a fantastic time this year. Well, it's good every year, to be fair.

Abel de Beer, Nov 05 2019 03:29

First time doing the w2w. What an incredible experience it was. Best trails I have ever done. Water points were really good.

Only one complaint I have was for SPUR. I saved my complementary burger on the first day for the second day for when I watch the rugby. They only gave me my second day complementary burger because the first day burger was for the first day only. What a joke SPUR! Will think twice before I support SPUR again. If you say you sponsor every rider with 3 burgers I think it is just fair if the rider can decide when he wants to eat his burgers.

Appart from this incident it was a really good experience and will be back again in the future.

edgarblount, Nov 05 2019 03:37

First time doing the w2w. What an incredible experience it was. Best trails I have ever done. Water points were really good.

Only one complaint I have was for SPUR. I saved my complementary burger on the first day for the second day for when I watch the rugby. They only gave me my second day complementary burger because the first day burger was for the first day only. What a joke SPUR! Will think twice before I support SPUR again. If you say you sponsor every rider with 3 burgers I think it is just fair if the rider can decide when he wants to eat his burgers.

Appart from this incident it was a really good experience and will be back again in the future.

Strange. FIL punched 2 holes in his Spur band on day 1 and got the 2 burgers and I did the same on day 2.

BikeisLife, Nov 05 2019 03:42

Hands down one of the best stage races I've done. Great vibe, awesome food and the trails were lovely! 

Only downside was not having snacks available in between meals but not a big issue. 

Will definitely be back next year.