The announcement that the race, one of the largest three-day events in the world, was acquired by the Cape Epic came shortly before the ninth edition of the event.
Wines2Whales director Johan Kriegler, who conceived of the route more than 10 years ago, said they were now officially part of a larger movement, one that aimed to get more riders on their bikes, off-road, worldwide.
Fellow founder and director Michael Meyer said the team behind the event had accomplished a great deal over the years and had seen the event grow from a field of 300 to over 1 000.
“The four founding partners of the event, Hendrico Burger, Dezroy Poole, Johan Kriegler and I, along with our long-standing title sponsor, FNB, have enjoyed every step of the journey, and look forward to a new era for the event under new ownership.”
The Wines2Whales Adventure, which was won by Gavin Klerck and Lionel Murray last year, kicks off in Somerset West in the Western Cape on Friday.
The main event, the Wines2Whales Race, takes place next weekend and will see some of the biggest names in South African mountain biking at the start, including Cape Pioneer Trek winners Alan Hatherly and Matt Beers.