Wines2Whales Day 3

– So the final day finally arrived, we were all sad, too much fun this race.
– As per yesterday dunno distance & time, no watch, only brought the fun-o-meter. I think 70km or so.
– Our new friends Gavin Cowden & Driekie Heyns were not in the starting line. Driekie crashed & broke her collar bone 400m from the finish on Day 2. She is a strong & accomplished rider, her incident testimony to a course that can give & take in equal portions. We are sad for them but she’ll be back stronger than before.
– A glorious day greeted us, blue skies & sun, another perfect riding day.
– More single track, more bridges, more berms, more bliss.
– Last night we were introduced to the 4 full time trail builders, young men from the local community. They got a standing ovation from 1200 riders. How apt & well deserved.
– The landscape changed from orchards & vineyards to rolling wheat fields as we descended down Houwhoek Pass.
– The views over Walker Bay were spectacular as we shared the ridge above Hermanus with para gliders ridge riding the onshore wind.
– I have run out of descriptive words for Wines2Whales. Maybe if you can Google “synonyms for Brilliant” & just insert them into this bullet point, it’ll do justice.
– Im sad to be finished, very thankful for no issues, grateful to a great partner Brian Bear & I leave with fantastic memories.
– Next year, its your turn!


Wines2Whales Day 2

– I don’t know how far it was or how long it took. No watch today. It was between 4-5 hours, there were clouds when we started & the sun was above when we finished.
– Beautiful day, breathless, short on descriptives!
– Overnight rain “softened” up the mud so it was a slippery day.
– Single track. 70% of 67km was single track, perfect single track!
– Berms. Lots of berms! Small ones, big ones, fast ones and frightening fast ones. Brilliant!
– Bridges. Most bridges ever, exiting into big berms, then more bridges, simply incredible. So much effort. Much appreciated by all.
– Sections with names! Pufadder, Amphitheatre, Boomslang.
– Tight switch backs, down hill & even uphill, tests every bike skill in the book.
– W2W is a truly world class event with some of the best mountain biking & scenery you will ever see!
– Daddy, please can I stay another 3 days?


Wines2Whales Day 1

– 75km, 2000m ascent.
– One of the most beautiful days ever on a MTB.
– Like riding through a painting into a next painting.
– Amazing single track, flowing & fast & lots of it.
– Could easily be the best organised event in the country.
– Brian Bear & I rode like olympians but so did many others. I do think we enjoyed ourselves most of all.
– Portage over Gamtouw Pass is simply mindblowing. Breathtaking views over False Bay & wagon tracks from hundreds of years ago.
– Test bike from Lynnwood Cycles, Epic Comp Carbon was brilliant! Thanks again.
– Spur burgers, choc milk & cappuccino at the finish! How awesome is that?
– Nou … gaan ons rus!

W2W D1 Finish