The Wine2Whales in my view is the sani2c of the Western Cape; it offers everyone a bit of everything to satisfy there mountain biking bug as the year comes to an end. The event has 3 individual events running one after the other and really covers the full spectrum of mountain biker types out there, from the first timer stage racer to the seasoned pro.
The Berg and Bush has been a popular stage race on the calendar for a number of years and it continues to impress every year I head back. The upfront laid back farmer style spirit is quieting masking the “farmer efficiency” as the organising crew work tirelessly to put on an amazing event year after year.
The event is always a proper showcase of the Underberg area and what riches it hold for mountain biking. The 45km route links up a number of adjoining farms to makeup a ”proper MTB” race, not many races can make the claim the route is 90% single tack but the Riverlea race can. The event organiser and route designer Spurgeon Flemington has purposefully cut over 20km of trails for the 2014 race and these were ridden for the first time only a couple of days before. Normally this would make for a bumpy ride but the trails were brilliantly smooth and felt like they had been around for a while.
The Catoridge 22% climb marks the starts of the Hill2Hill lead group attacks. Race SPECS: 100km, 2000m climbing 3hr39min Hill2Hill is always a local favourite of mine as it links up a lot of the