THE RACE WITH SERIOUS GEES!
Welcome to the 2023 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback
Until Saturday 23 September 2023 we had a manicured Switchback route, with key improvements based on our 2021 inaugural experience. Cape Trails had a month left to do final trail touches and alien clearance. Over the Heritage weekend a local cut off low pressure system formed over the Western Cape, the heavens opened, and it rained up to 250mm in Elgin, Botriver, Hemel-en-Aarde and Hermanus. It was the highest ever recorded rainfall in 24hrs. Dams, roads, bridges and buildings were flooded, some washed away, in most cases with devastating consequences.
Following the floods, we gave landowners a chance to recover from huge losses and to start with infrastructure repairs. That left us with three weeks to tackle a huge challenge to ensure that all 2023 Switchback riders will have a magic FNB W2W experience. Together with landowners and key stakeholders we tackled this challenge in an adventurous, creative and optimistic way. I trust that you will tackle the 2023 Switchback in a similar way. You’ll be shocked to observe the force of floods on route, but you’ll be more amazed to see what a motivated group of South Africans have achieved in three weeks.
We look forward to meeting first time FNB W2W riders and welcoming back previous participants. We will celebrate the SERIOUS GEES and join forces to cheer the Boks on to winning the Rugby World Cup.
Stay fit, safe and have fun!
The 2023 FNB W2W Rider Manual
This digital handbook is your guide to the 2023 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback. Whether you’re a returning rider or a newbie, this manual is designed to provide you with valuable information, tips and essential know-how to make sure you have an enjoyable riding experience.
Inside, you’ll find everything from the daily schedule, route profiles, race services and much more! We encourage you to read this manual thoroughly and use it as a valuable resource as you prepare for the event as well as over the 3 days you are with us. Get ready to gear up and clip in to embark on a memorable journey from the coast in Hermanus to Lourensford Wine Estate!
The 2023 FNB W2W Theme Song
JK has picked the 2023 theme song based on the build-up to this year’s ride. RISE, what we do every day – especially when it feels there’s too much water to stay afloat.