The first of two destination stages, Stage One is the ideal ice breaker with riders starting off at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West, traversing a 68km route that includes a 1420m climb and the infamous portage section at Gantouw Pass, before crossing the finish line at the majestic Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin- Grabouw), home for two days.

According to Michael Meyer, FNB W2W MTB Director, entrants are in for a treat at the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Adventure, Ride and Race. “We will never be satisfied that the event has reached its pinnacle. Together with our sponsors and the support of our riders we have a strong desire to continue improving the FNB W2W offering every year. We look forward to welcoming riders to the start of a sublime three day mountain bike experience.”

Stage One Route Information:

“The views of False Bay and Table Mountain, Gantouw Pass and the A-2- Z Trails are iconic to Stage One,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director. “My advice to riders is to pace well for the first 8km of Stage One. Be careful on the 3km Lourensford downhill, from the Saddle it is very fast with ruts, bumps and sharp corners. The new Vergelegen climb is a short monster. If you’re not a climber, rather walk, save your legs for Gantouw Pass. Most importantly, remember to savor the views and enjoy the route.”

Start Venue: Lourensford Wine Estate
Finish Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
Distance: 68km
Climb: 1420m


  • From the start at Lourensford there is an 8km and 450m climb up to the Saddle at 550m. The climb is on a wide gravel road with both a smooth and hard surface. Take a moment to enjoy the magical views of Stellenbosch and Cape Town;
  • After the saddle, riders will be greeted by a fast 3km downhill on open gravel roads with good surface and steep corners.
  • The Vergelegen Climb awaits riders at 30km, it’s a short climb of 380m, but the steepest on the W2W route.
  • At 38km riders will be welcomed by Gantouw Pass, a compulsory portage, at a height of 530m.
  • From 40km – 55km riders will have some fun on the A-2- Z single tracks that are moderately technical, but flowing;
  • Finally the last 10km to Oak Valley is different, easier and more interesting than previous years.


Download the Stage One Route Map here:

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