Wines2Whales South African Singletrack Racing Experience

Here you have the chance to combine three days of guided mountain biking in the heart of South Africa’s MTB Mecca with the amazing 3-day Wines2Whales Ride (W2W). Join the Swedish MTB champion and 2017 Cape Epic winner! We are loading in the heart of South Africa’s wine district just east of Cape Town together with Jennie Stenerhag, five-legged Swedish champion in MTB langlop, winner of Cape Epic 2017, and coach Triathletw and Cape Epic finisher Lars Rosencrantz. Lars is also through the entire stage for inspiration, support and advice.

In South Africa there are fantastic mountain biking areas. Jennie Stenerhag spends her winters since 13 years in Cape Town with surroundings to create the best possible conditions for winter training. Lars Rosencrantz fell in love with devoted windsurfers early in Cape Town, nature and people, and as he now visits the city, he has either his windsurfing equipment or mountain bike with him.

Wines2Whales South African Singletrack Racing Experience Information

The Wines2Whales (W2W) Race Race is a perfect setting for those who want to develop on mountain biking and experience the thrill of completing a multi-day race. W2W is recognised as one of the most well organized stage races in the world, where you cycle through various vineyards in the Western Cape. The start takes place on the highlands at Lourensford Wine Estate and takes you through two nights in the “race village” of Oak Valley down to the coast with a destination in Onrus near Hermanus.

W2W Ride runs in two teams and consists of three stages of about 60-80 km per day. So you need the team together with a “rider buddy”. The starting fee for the race includes individual accommodation in tents on mattress and three meals the first two days and breakfast / lunch on the last day. The W2W Ride runs on exactly the same path as the one running the prize money competition. W2W Ride is the more athletic contest and fits all those who do not live on mountain biking. You can read more about the race at https://wines2whales.co.za/. Keep in mind that through your trip you and your teammate have a guaranteed starting point regardless of what is stated on their website.

Our journey is so much more than the actual race. It is a great mountain bike experience where you start your trip with three days of preparatory cycling in unique mountain ranges consisting of both gravel roads, jeep tracks and outstanding singletracks. Under devoted leadership by Jennie and Lars you will get acquainted with the terrain, nature and enjoy epic good riding cycling. Thanks to Jennie and Lars’s vast experience, you will also get high-quality tips on training plans, how to prepare for a long run and what to consider when it comes to material. We live well at a local Guest House, eat and drink well and our guides do everything to make you as well prepared as possible before the race.

After a rest day where we register for the race, pick up number tags, etc., it’s time for the actual race where Lars also participates. Jennie instead of running the Race version of W2W. After that we round the trip with an evening in Stellenbosch and celebrate a successful week in good company.

If you are looking for a wonderful experience in the haystack, want to develop on mountain biking and continue your cycling while experiencing what a stage race means, our package is a perfect trip for you. Lars and Jennie will make you feel comfortable, have fun and learn lots of both the area we are cycling about, cycling and the joy of exercising and competing in endurance athletes. You will experience environments and people in Western Cape in a unique and close way. That you also get a kick start on winter training in one of South Africa’s most appreciated stage races on mountainbike is just a bonus.

Photo Credits: Tobias Ginsberg

Trip Facts

Price: 1550 €
Trip length: 10 Days
Group size: 8-12 persons
Guides: Lars Rosencrantz, Jennie Stenerhag
Tour Start / Finish Point: Cape Town, South Africa
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Included in the trip

  • Accommodation in double room 5 nights
  • All breakfasts
  • Closing Dinner
  • Transports mentioned in the program
  • Access to the bicycle areas
  • Cycling with Cape Epic winner Jennie Stenerhag 3 days with local knowledge about the area. She also accompanies the registration for W2W.
  • Swedish coach / coach, Lars Rosencrantz

Excluded from the trip

  • Airfare
  • Lunches + Dinner (except dinner last day)
  • Starting fee W2W (14500 ZAR per team) http://wines2whales.co.za/ (The starting fee includes tents and all food)
  • Any transport not mentioned in the program.
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips / gratuities

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ITINERARY

We fly from Scandinavia tonight and land in Cape Town in the morning and then a short transport of ourselves and luggage is waiting for our Guest house in Stellenbosch where we meet Jennie. Those of us who have bikes with us mount them and those who hire a bike make sure it is set up in the best way. After lunch, we take an afternoon round to see everything work, wake up the body, get used to the climate and the ground. The cycling takes place in the Coetzenburg area, where World Cup in XCO runs in March 2018.

After a nice breakfast at the guesthouse there is a bicycle seat at eight o’clock with the view of the Jonkershoek trails. It is about 8 km on asphalt before reaching the nature reserve and here are plenty of amazing trails, most of which are actually handcrafted just for mountain biking. In South Africa, however, there are no lifts so we can work our way up to earn the amazing downhill runs on narrow, winding single tracks on mountainsides and in the woods. Count on a long day in the saddle and when we feel ready we eat a late lunch on the way back to the best bike shop in town. On our bike pass it is always good to have a bar and extra energy supplement.

We meet again at eight o’clock after breakfast and cycle over Hellshoegte, a climb of asphalt about four kilometers and down to the other side to Boschendal, one of the oldest vineyards in the area, and the mountain bike Tour de France, Cape Epic, has passed by many times. The transport takes about 45 minutes and it is usually a cup of really good coffee before starting the day’s challenges on the bike. In the area there are different leaders with different degrees of difficulty and we divide ourselves into different groups according to the ability and ambition. We have lunch in Boschendal before the afternoon passes. Important to remember that we will hurry climb over Hellshoegte even on the backside so – be prepared!

Day 5 is a day of rest (lay day) and contains the necessary preparations for W2W. In the morning you can watch Stellenbosch, which is South Africa’s second oldest city. Our driver will take us to Somerset West in the afternoon where we will pick up number plates and obtain what is missing from the competition.

Before the first stage we will be picked up for accommodation in Stellenbosch and transported to the start by minibus and by bicycle carrier. Bike bags and the packing that you do not want can be left on the accommodation.

See more information on the competition website http://wines2whales.co.za/

Our driver awaits us at the finish of the minibus and we go back to Stellenbosch for a good dinner and last night at the Guest House.

After bed and breakfast, we have a transfer to the airport for a trip or a trip on our own.
Tour ends here.

Departures

Date: 24th October 2018
Place: Cape Town
Price: 1550 @
Guides: Lars Rosencrantz, Jennie Stenerhag
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This trip with its race is a perfect introduction for those who want to try a stage race and have a great travel experience with the purchase. To get the most out of the trip, you should be “diligent exercise” and bike the mtb regularly and have good fitness, strength and will. You have run some or a long run at home and are used to handling physical exercise on the bike. The distances are between 60-80 km per day and the course alternates on natural and hand-made trails, gravel roads and asphalt. The courses are bit technical and are you used to cycling in the woods and fields at home, so you will be able to handle the terrain on W2W fine. W2W is a race, a so-called MTB Marathon so perseverance is more important than brilliant technical skills on the bike.

Equipment:
You can either bring your own bike or rent Specialized Camber / Epic / Stump jumper or the like on site. Assume that bicycle rental is 650 ZAR (420 SEK) per day. Do you take your own bike, keep in mind that it must be packed in a really good bag that provides protection while handling at the airports. Often a well-packed bicycle carton is a good alternative to the custom-made bicycle bags.

You can also buy a tech and music support for the R1000 / participants competition. May be good to have.

About the guides / coaches:
Jennie Stenerhag: is five-time Swedish champion in MTB langlopp and has won Cykelvasan 4 times. On her track record, there is also a silver from the European Championships in the 2016 race. The top of the list, however, is victory 2017 in the world’s toughest stage race on mountain bike Cape Epic.

Lars Rosencrantz: fires to share his passion for training, adventure and endurance sports. Lars coaches and inspires hundreds of triathletes within the framework of both their own training camps and as one of the heads of the Swedish Triathlon Association’s inauguration camp at Las Playitas. In addition to his commitment to MTB, Lars has long experience from Triathlon and Ironmatching competitions in different places in the world on his track record. As a MTB cyclist, he sees his implementation of the Cape Epic 2017 as the absolute highlight. As a leader and coach, Lars is open, present and inclusive and in his company there is always close proximity to joy and amazing experiences.

Before the trip you will get more written information about packing, the W2W stage and the facts about South Africa. If you have questions, you can in any case contact us: info@singletracknomads.com

Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

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