Amoryn Saayman and Adele Ambrose won the 2011 Contego Wines2Whales MTB Adventure, and were the first women’s team to be crowned champions at the event. Photo: Sportograf

The Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race powered by Maserati celebrates its fourth anniversary in November. Taking place the weekend of 9 – 11 November 2012, teams of two riders will be seen crossing through (and over) 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads and mountain passes, nature conservation areas (including the Kogelberg Biosphere) before finishing within sight of the famous whales of Hermanus.

Catherine Williamson (pictured) won gold at the 2011 MTB Race with Ischen Stopforth. Photo: SportografThe distance covered will vary from 70km to 80km each day.

Ischen Stopforth and Catherine Williamson took gold in the 2011 women’s race. According to Stopforth the routes were beautiful with a good diversity. “The single track was really good, ride-able but still technical enough to make it fun and challenging.

“The scenery was beautiful and there was quite a bit of tough climbing to do,” said Stopforth. “The vibe at the finish was really great. At the end of each stage we could enjoy the race village and just relax with other riders.

“My advice is to ride within yourself, enjoy the scenery and area in which we are riding. Have fun and don’t be overly competitive if you’re not racing for podium,” says Stopforth.

Ischen Stopforth rates the Contego Wines2Whales as enjoyable without compromising challenging technical aspects. Photo: SportografThe Contego Wines2Whales MTB Adventure powered by Maserati celebrates its second anniversary this year and will take place on the weekend before the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race, from 2 – 4 November 2012.

Amoryn Saayman and Adele Ambrose were the first women’s team to be crowned champions at this exciting event. According to Saayman, the Contego Wines2Whales Adventure was the best back-to-back mountain biking that they’ve ever done.

“The scenery, friendly support crew and endless fun and challenging trails reminded us why we started mountain biking. The route meandered through some of the most rugged and scenic regions of the Western Cape.

“It was like a playground out there with lots of fast and flowing single track, nice open Jeep track and some lung busting climbs … All very rewarding,” concludes Saayman.


Event Information:
Contego Wines2Whales MTB Adventure: 2-4 Nov 2012
Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race: 9-11 Nov 2012
Distance Covered: between 70km – 80km per day
Stage One:
Start Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)
Finish Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin)
Stage Two:
Start Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin)
Finish Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin)
Stage Three:
Start Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin)
Finish Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)


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