The stage one route for the Wines2Whales (W2W) MTB has been announced, with the adventure race taking place first from November 4 to 6.
The first of two destination stages, stage one is the ideal ice breaker, with riders starting off at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.
They will traverse a 68km route that includes a 1 420m climb and the infamous portage section at Gantouw Pass, before crossing the finish line at the majestic Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) – home for two days.
“We will never be satisfied that the event has reached its pinnacle. Together with our sponsors and the support of our riders we have a strong desire to continue improving the W2W offering every year.
“We look forward to welcoming riders to the start of a sublime three-day mountain bike experience,” said W2W MTB director Michael Meyer.
Stage one summary:
Start: Lourensford Wine Estate
Finish: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
Climb: 1 420m
• From the start at Lourensford there is an 8km and 450m climb up to the Saddle at 550m. The climb is on a wide gravel road, with both a smooth and hard surface.
• After the Saddle, riders will be greeted by a fast 3km downhill on open gravel roads with good surface and steep corners.
• The Vergelegen climb awaits riders at 30km. It’s a short climb of 380m, but the steepest on the W2W route.
• At 38km riders will be welcomed by Gantouw Pass, a compulsory portage, at a height of 530m.
• From 40km to 55km riders will have some fun on the A-2-Z single-tracks that are moderately technical, but flowing.
• Finally, the last 10km stretch to Oak Valley is different, easier and more interesting than in previous years.