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  1. Things are getting real for w2w this year. Just received the starting group notification. Who else is doing the Ride this year?
  2. Stage 1: Lourensford to Oak ValleyThe 2017 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events will kick off at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate on Friday, 27 October 2017 with Stage One of the FNB W2W MTB Adventure. The first of three stages, Stage One boasts a spectacular 68km route that features an impressive 1650m ascent. “Iconic sections will include the Lourensford and Vergelegen climbs, the PERI Vergelegen Bridge, the portage over Gantouw Pass and the A2Z single tracks,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director. “The Lourensford climb with downhill is the best gravel highway in South Africa. Expect good gravel roads, jeep tracks and single tracks. The good news is that the Gantouw Pass is the only portage section on the FNB W2W route and it features on Stage One. It is rocky.” Riders tackling the Lourensford climb. Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg. “We’ve made some changes to the A2Z trails,” continues Kriegler. “Sections B and C are more flowing, while W has been excluded due to it being too technical. Instead we’ve extended V, adding a more flowing downhill exit. We’ve also included three new single tracks in Molteno. The rest of Molteno however has changed, as not to interfere with farm activities.” “My advice to first time riders is to pace well. Stage One starts with the 8km Lourensford climb. Don’t get pulled into the hype and frenzy of other riders. Cycle your own pace. Remember there is still another 60km to go. Be careful at the Lourensford downhill after the climb, it’s very fast with sharp turns and occasional ruts. Most importantly savor the moment. Enjoy the route, the scenery and the experience. We look forward to welcoming you to your race village at Oak Valley Wine Estate, your home for three days.” Stage One information:Start Venue: Lourensford Wine Estate Finish Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) Distance: 68km Ascent: 1650m Water Points: WP1 / Lourensford Wine Estate on 20km WP2 / Idiom on 36km WP3 / Grabouw Forest on 50km Stage 2: Play day Stage Two ‘Play Day’ of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events promises to live up to its reputation.The only Stage to start and finish at the same location, Oak Valley Wine Estate, Stage Two features a fun 71km route with a 1350m ascent. “This stage has changed slightly since 2016,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director. “Oak Valley has added a new section named ‘Sounds of Silence’. There is a new link over to Paul Cluver. Paul Cluver has added Rietvlei, Witklippies 1 and Oak Valley added the last 6km on the fast and flowing River Run. Iconic sections to look out for include single tracks and bridges with names such as Waterfall, Vissie’s Magic, JK’s Edge, Sounds of Silence, Rietvlei, Witklippies 1 & 2, Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra, Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels, River Run and the much loved PERI-KROMCO Playpark.” The KROMCO-PERI Bike Park. Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg. “We have many stories to share about this stage,” continues Kriegler. “‘Sounds of Silence’ is the name of one of Oak Valley’s wine ranges. This single track section was originally built by late Oak Valley winemaker/viticulturist and W2W friend, Pieter Visser (Vissie). It hasn’t, however, been used for a decade. We’ve redirected the last part, creating a scenic and fun flowing single track via a pine forest, over a dam wall and along the dam. Paul Cluver has increased the height of the Rietvlei Dam with 9 meters, creating a new and interesting contour link with many new single track opportunities. ‘Sounds of Silence’ was built in partnership between Cape Trails and the Oak Valley team, as was Rietvlei between Cape Trails and the Paul Cluver team.” “In order to enjoy ‘Play Day’ to its fullest, I advise riders to improve their single track skill by attending coaching classes. If however, they are afraid of heights, best they attend some hypnotherapy treatments as well,” laughs Kriegler. “Stage Two is a lot of fun. It is called ‘Play Day’ for a reason. Riders are in for a real treat.” Stage Two information Start Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate Finish Venue: Oak Valley Wine EstateDistance: 71km Ascent: 1350m Water Points: WP1 / Oak Valley Wine Estate on 18km WP2 / Paul Cluver Amphitheatre on 36km WP3 / Lebanon on 52km (water only) WP4 / The Hickory Shack on 60km Stage 3: Oak Valley to Onrust The third and final stage of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events will guide mountain bikers on a 71km journey from Oak Valley Wine Estate to Onrust Caravan Park where the finish line awaits. “The second destination stage of the FNB W2W MTB Events, Stage Three perfectly rounds off three days of spectacular mountain biking,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director. “Iconic sections to look out for on route will include passing the Houw Hoek Inn, the oldest hotel in South Africa, meandering through the quaint town of Botriver past the Botriver School, experiencing the magnificent Wildekrans and Hermanus Trails, Gaf-se-Bos, the Fruitways-Onrust Beach Crossing and the PERI-Onrust river crossing to name just a few.” Riders pass through Botrivier. “Riders can look forward to varied terrain which will include gravel sections, jeep track, single tracks and even a pallet beach crossing,” continues Kriegler. “My advice is to pace well. The first 38km up until the SteelBridge is fast and fairly easy. The real race starts after this section. On a high note, riders will finally be greeted by spectacular ocean views before crossing the finish line at Onrust Caravan Park.” Stage Three information: Start Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) Finish Venue: Onrust Caravan Park Distance: 71km Ascent: 1200m Water Points: WP1 / Botriver School on 24km WP2 / Art House on 42km WP3 / Plaaskombuis on 61km EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders will cross 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!Event Dates: FNB Wines2Whales MTB Adventure: Friday, 27 October 2017 – Sunday, 29 October 2017 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 30 October 2017 – 01 November 2017 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 03 November 2017 – Sunday, 05 November 2017 Facebook: Wines2Whales Twitter: @w2wmtb For more information on the FNB Wines2Whales MTB events contact Chris on 083 760 3158, e-mail race@wines2whales.co.za, adventure@wines2whales.co.za or ride@wines2whales.co.za or visit www.wines2whales.co.za
  3. Mountain bikers enjoying a glass of wine during the 2016 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg “The FNB W2W Strava Winery Challenge is sure to add that much needed fun element to every entrant’s training regime,” says Michael Meyer, FNB W2W MTB Director. “The challenge will run from June to Mid-October, with each month featuring a different Strava challenge. By completing the challenge riders automatically qualify for the monthly prizes. There will be specific routes on each of the following wine farms: Paul Cluver, Oak Valley, Wildekrans and Lourensford. We have not forgotten about the W2W riders that are not based in Cape Town. For these riders there will be a generic challenge that will put them in contention for the monthly prizes.” “By introducing a ‘competition’ there’s an automatic social factor that always adds excitement,” continues Meyer. “Not only will W2W entrants get to experience parts of the 2017 route, they’ll also get to visit and spend some time on the magnificent wine farms that they usually only get to ride through on event day. The W2W experience does not start in October, it starts now. We invite all entrants to challenge friends, better yet, challenge your W2W team mate. Don’t forget about the training program on the event website that was tailor-made for W2W by DaisyWay Coaching Systems. We look forward to welcoming an even fitter field of mountain bikers to the FNB W2W MTB Events at the end of October.” The FNB W2W Strava Winery Challenge and prizes are exclusive to paid entrants of the 2017 FNB W2W MTB Adventure, Ride and Race. Search for the 2017 FNB W2W Winery Challenges Club on Strava and apply to join. For more information on the monthly campaign routes and prizes visit https://wines2whales.co.za/winery-strava-challenge/ EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders will cross 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! • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Adventure: Friday, 27 October 2017 – Sunday, 29 October 2017 • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 30 October 2017 – 01 November 2017 • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 03 November 2017 – Sunday, 05 November 2017
  4. The mountain biking community will celebrate on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 for a very different reason when entries open for the Western Cape’s most loved three day stage mountain bike (MTB) events, the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) MTB Adventure, Ride and Race. Click here to view the article
  5. The mountain biking community will celebrate on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 for a very different reason when entries open for the Western Cape’s most loved three day stage mountain bike (MTB) events, the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) MTB Adventure, Ride and Race. Seen here: Mountain bikers in action during the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Events. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg “We are excited to open entries for the 9th annual FNB W2W MTB Events,” says Michael Meyer, FNB W2W MTB Director. “We look forward to building on the successes of 2016. Our focus will once again be on refreshing the rider’s experience both on route and in the festival village. Together with the support of our valued sponsors we look forward to hosting yet another memorable experience in the beautiful Western Cape.” “Entrants can look forward to fun and surprising route upgrades in 2017,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director. “The 2016 event has spurred on some exciting route changes. We will, however, still include the W2W favorites to give newcomers the opportunity to experience the routes that riders having been raving about. The systematic replacement of alien vegetation with indigenous vegetation is still our focus, as is our on route nature conservation efforts and the creation of sustainable job opportunities. A sincere thank you goes out to all the landowners for consistently opening their hearts and farms to the annual FNB W2W MTB Events. A key strength of these events is the quality of landowner partnerships that we have built over the years”. “We are delighted to be the sponsors of one of the sought–after races in South Africa. The FNB W2W is rapidly becoming a flagship event for cyclists around the country. The camaraderie, spectacular route and intense competition provide an experience that is filled with awe amongst sports enthusiasts.” added Stephan Claassen, Provincial Head FNB Business Western Cape. Riders that participated in the 2016 events, or were placed on the 2016 waiting list, can enter the FNB W2W MTB Adventure, Ride or Race on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 when entries open at 08:00. Both riders in the team need to be on the 2016 database to register during the preferential period. Public entries will open at 08h00 on Wednesday, 01 March 2017. EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders will cross 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!• FNB Wines2Whales MTB Adventure: Friday, 27 October 2017 – Sunday, 29 October 2017 • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 30 October 2017 – 01 November 2017 • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 03 November 2017 – Sunday, 05 November 2017 Entry Fees: Entry Option 1: includes meals R12 000 per team (R6000 per rider) Entry Option 2: includes meals and standard tented accommodation R13 500 per team (R6750 per rider) Entry Option 3: includes meals and luxury tented accommodation R18 000 per team (R9000 per rider) Entries are limited to 650 teams (1300 riders) per event and will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Once the entry limit has been reached, riders will be placed on a waiting list. Only paid entries are guaranteed a spot on the start line.
  6. “This will be the first time that I perform for a group of mountain bikers,” says Hilton. “Whether my audience is made up of cyclists, gymnasts, ballerinas, rugby players or chefs - they all have one thing in common though - everyone loves to laugh. A three day mountain bike stage race would be a real challenge for me. I definitely admire the determination of each and every rider. Whether my performance will include MTB related material, the riders will just have to come and see.”Fun fact: As a youngster, Hilton struggled to remember people’s names. He then started calling every one ‘my cousin’, a name that has stuck until this day. Hilton’s performance will take place before prize giving after Stage Two of the FNB W2W MTB Adventure, Ride and Race.
  7. front to back): Team Kross Bikes BiXS Pro’s Konny Looser and Fabian Giger in action during Stage Three of the 2016 FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike (MTB) Race. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Looser and Giger put down the hammer from the start of Stage Three at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw), resulting in a lightning fast Stage Three finishing time of 02 hours 38 minutes 44 seconds. According to Looser, the plan was to go out hard from the start. “We were here to win,” says Looser. “The stage was perfect for us. We made our break on the long downhill section after the Houw Hoek Inn. We just put down the hammer, kept our own pace and made up time. It’s lovely to be crowned the overall W2W Champions. We had some bad luck during the first stage, but the best team won today.” “Everything went according to plan,” says Giger. “We had an amazing day. The legs felt good and we had no mechanical issues. I really enjoyed the race. The trails, venue and people are really nice. It was three days of really good racing.” Although the leading team going into Stage Three, Investec-Songo-Specialized’s Christoph Sauser and Sam Gaze had to settle for an overall 8th place stage finish. “It was just one of those days,” says Gaze. “I didn’t have the legs. Sauser really looked after me. Although we didn’t have a good stage, I absolutely loved the weekend. This is my favorite stage race that I’ve done so far. I am hoping to do more in the future.” “We had three days of awesome riding,” says Sauser. “W2W is challenging, but it’s not too hard. I love it.” Team Telkom’s Hendrik Kruger and Johann Rabie secured the second spot on the podium after three days of racing, while Team NAD Pro MTB’s Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell finished third. Team Ascendis Health’s Robyn De Groot and Jennie Stenerhag secured their second stage victory and the overall Women’s Champions Title on the day. “Today was awesome,” says Stenerhag. “We had a good race. Robyn and I have been riding together for three years. W2W was a fantastic race to close off the season.” “The year has had some good ups and some taxing downs,” says De Groot. “W2W is a super way to finish our last race. It’s a fantastic event that just keeps improving. It’s still one of my favourites.” Team Ascendis Health’s completed Stage Three in 03 hours 02 minutes 38 seconds, taking their combined finishing time for three days of racing to 09 hours 14 minutes 38 seconds. Team Spur’s Ariane Kleinhans and Cherie Redecker placed second on the day and second overall after three days of racing. “I suffered on the long flats in the beginning,” says Redecker. “Ariane did a great job motivating me. I got my mojo back at the single track at water point two.” “It was super cool riding with Cherie,” says Kleinhans. “Having worked on the event in the past, Cherie was just getting cheers from everyone along the route. This shows the type of person that she is. Everyone loves her. It also just proves that it’s not all about the money, but rather about the experience.” Team Dormakaba Time Freight’s Candice Neethling and Vera Adrian secured the third spot on the podium after three days of racing. Team Merchants’ Martin and Jeannie Dreyer secured their third stage victory in 03 hours 20 minutes and their overall Mixed Team Champion’s Title in a combined time of 10 hours 51 seconds. According to Martin, W2W is an incredible event. “We were really treated well at this event and I got to spend time with a loved one. All three stages are just so different. I absolutely loved it.” Team SAICA Global Asp’s Ila Stow and Marc Wells secured the second spot on the podium after three days of racing, while Team CFP CYCLETEC Mixed Genevieve Weber and Nichol Jordaan finished third. Stage Three, the final destination stage, kicked off at the beautiful Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw). Riders were treated to a 69km route (featuring a 1200m climb) from the winelands to the ocean. Iconic sections on route included: passing the Houw Hoek Inn, the oldest hotel in South Africa, meandering through the quaint town of Botriver past the Botriver School, experiencing the magnificent Wildekrans and Hermanus Trails, Gaf-se-Bos, the Fruitways Beach Crossing, the PERI river crossing and then finally crossing the finish line by the sea. “Year after year, the FNB Wines2Whales continues to grow stronger, proving why it is one of the most respected and sought-after MTB events in the South African sporting calendar. This event is aligned to our belief that adventure is the heart of innovation and we are delighted to be in a position to enable this experience for MTB enthusiasts, including our clients. Congratulations to all the participants, especially the winners of the three stages, who went the extra-mile and displayed resilience until the finish line,” said Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business. FNB Wines2Whales Top Results:RESULTS FNB W2W MTB Race Stage Three.xlsx
  8. Team Kross Bikes BiXS Pro’s Konny Looser and Fabian Giger obliterated the final stage of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike (MTB) Race on Sunday, 13 November 2016, securing the overall Champions Title in an impressive combined time of 08 hours 03 minutes 50 seconds after three days of racing. Click here to view the article
  9. (front to back): Team Spur’s Ariane Kleinhans and Cherie Redecker in action during Stage Two of the FNB W2W MTB Race. Photo Credit: David Tarpey Both the men’s and women’s race ended in an exciting sprint finish with Team Kross Bikes BiXS Pro’s Konny Looser and Fabian Giger pipping Team Investec-Songo-Specialized’s Christoph Sauser and Sam Gaze to the finish, while Team Spur’s Ariane Kleinhans and Cherie Redecker outsprinted Team Ascendis Health’s Robyn De Groot and Jennie Stenerhag. “Today was absolutely great,” says Giger. “The W2W routes are great, the food is good and there’s a really nice vibe.” Team Kross Bikes BiXS Pro completed Stage Two in a lightning fast time of 02 hours 34 minutes 17 seconds. Investec-Songo-Specialized’s Christoph Sauser and Sam Gaze came in second, while Team Telkom’s Hendrik Kruger and Johann Rabie finished third. According to Looser, the plan was to go out as hard as possible. “We battled with Team Investec-Songo-Specialized. We tried everything, but they just stayed on our wheels. We are happy with the stage win.” “I can’t believe how amazing the trails are,” says Gaze. “Riding with Sauser is a real pleasure. I learn something new every day. My game plan for Stage Three is just to hang onto Sauser and survive. I am looking forward to it.” “W2W is a benchmark event,” says Sauser. “Each year you think that it’s impossible for the event to improve, but each year the organizers are a step ahead. There is always a good field. Our revs are always at its highest.” “This is the first time that I get ‘chicked’ on the finish,” says Karl Platt of Team Bulls referring to De Groot and Stenerhage beating them to the finish. “We’ve just come out of our off season, having had a good time at the beer festival in Germany. Coming into the event we decided that we’d see how our legs felt, but we knew that we wouldn’t be here to win. Today’s stage was fun, there was a lot of single track and the weather was really nice. W2W is something special. There is such a nice, relaxing atmosphere.” Team Spur’s Ariane Kleinhans and Cherie Redecker claimed the Stage Two victory in 02 hours 55 minutes 54 seconds. “W2W can’t get better,” says Kleinhans. “We went flat out from the gun. Team Ascendis Health brought their A game. They are really strong and kept attacking. We’re really happy to be able to get ahead of them and cross the finish line first. Tomorrow we’ll give our all. Anything can happen in mountain biking.” “We struggled to get away,” says De Groot. “Team Spur tried, but we managed to stick with them. We lost nothing and gained nothing today. W2W is a wonderful race. It’s the attention to detail that stands out. The pros definitely look forward to it every year.” Team Dormakaba Time Freight’s Candice Neethling and Vera Adrian rounded off the podium on the day. Team Merchants’ Martin and Jeannie Dreyer claimed gold in the mixed team race in an impressive time of 03 hours 15 minutes 57 seconds. Team SAICA Global Asp Ila’s Stow and Marc Wells came in second, while Team CFP CYCLETEC Mixed’s Genevieve Weber and Nichol Jordaan finished third. Going into Stage Three, Team Investec-Songo-Specialized’s Christoph Sauser and Sam Gaze is leading the men’s race, followed by Team Kross Bikes BiXS Pro’s Konny Looser and Fabian Giger in second place and Team Telkom’s Hendrik Kruger and Johann Rabie in third place. Team Ascendis Health’s Robyn De Groot and Jennie Stenerhage are currently leading the women’s race, followed by Team Spur’s Ariane Kleinhans and Cherie Redecker in second place and Team Dormakaba Time Freight’s Candice Neethling and Vera Adrian in third place. Team Merchants’ Martin and Jeannie Dreyer are in the lead in the mixed team race, followed by Team SAICA Global Asp Ila’s Stow and Marc Wells and Team CFP CYCLETEC Mixed’s Genevieve Weber and Nichol Jordaan. After breaking the ice on Stage One, Stage Two treated riders to what has affectionately become known as the W2W’s ‘Play Day’. Consisting of a fun-filled 64km route (with 1400m ascent), Stage Two includes some of W2W’s most iconic sections such as: the Paul Cluver Amphi Bike Park with well-known MTB features including Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra (switch-backs), Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels, Pine Singles (now with dual and cross-overs) and the Berms. The day’s action was closed off with the upgraded triple storeyed KROMCO-PERI Bike Park, which stands an impressive 6 – 8m above ground. Stage Three of the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Race, the final destination stage from the winelands to the ocean, will see riders leave the Race Village at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) on Sunday, 13 November 2016, take on a 69km journey (with 1200m climb) before crossing the finish line at Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus). FNB Wines2Whales Race top results:RESULTS FNB W2W MTB Race Stage Two.xlsx Stage Three: Sunday 13 November 2016 Start Time: 07:00 Start Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) Finish Venue: Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus). Distance & Climb: 69km / 1200m Family and friends wanting to show support on the final stage can download the Event’s Spectator Guide here: http://wines2whales.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Spectator-Guide.png
  10. Stage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race saw an exciting turn of events unfold at the Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) on Saturday, 12 November 2016 with a sprint finish in both the men’s and women’s races resulting in new stage winners being crowned on the day. Click here to view the article
  11. Consisting of a fun-filled 64km route (with 1400m ascent), Stage Two treated mountain bikers to some of W2W’s most iconic sections including: the Paul Cluver Amphi Bike Park with well-known MTB features such as Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra (switch-backs), Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels, Pine Singles (now with dual and cross-overs) and the Berms. The day’s action was closed off with the upgraded triple storeyed KROMCO-PERI Bike Park, which stands an impressive 6 – 8m above ground. Mountain bikers in action during Stage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Team ACE Lesotho’s Phetetso Monese and Bruce Hughes continued their winning streak claiming their second stage victory in an impressive time of 02 hours 57 minutes 04 seconds. “I had fun today,” says Monese. “The route was really nice. We started with a bunch of six teams. I was worried that they’d make things tough for us, but we managed to breakaway. I enjoyed the bridges at Paul Cluver. I’m not used to riding bridges like that.” “Today was so much fun,” says an elated Hughes. “We let the other teams pull from the start, while we pushed hard on the single track. We were still with the second team at Water Point Two. From there we opened the gap. Phetetso and I worked really well as a team. We’ll have a substantial lead going into Stage Three. We’ll focus on not doing anything silly and just enjoy the ride home.” Team KAP Prochorus’ Lorenzo Le Roux and Daniel Mannweiler came in second, while Team More Cowbell’s Graeme Dale Kuys and Darryn Stow finished third. Riding for charity, Team Reeds Miles4Smiles’ Shaun Peters and Johan Louw are supporting Operation Smile South Africa. “Seeing my two children smile is priceless,” says Peters. “Being able to give back through the sport is an amazing opportunity for us. The FNB W2W is special because of the riders, the views and the vibe. Every time I struggled on route, Johan would remind me why we are taking part. Our team strength is our determination toward our cause.” Team Companero’s Jana Kruger and Ilse Viljoen crossed the finish line first in the women’s race in a time of 03 hours 44 minutes 24 seconds. Team Sterri Stumpi & Beer’s Meike Aschenbroich and Inky Talbot came in second, while Team Vergelegen’s Alta Kriegler and Sunette Beyers finished third. Team Haaskat’s Russell Lund and Anneke Hanekom also secured their second stage victory (in the mixed team category) with a deserving finishing time of 03 hours 23 minutes 29 seconds. According to Lund, the W2W is South Africa’s ‘must do’ event. “We started out a little too hard today. As a result we are more exhausted. It was a solid day though.” “The KROMCO-PERI Bike Park was lots of fun,” says Hanekom. “It was nice and cool, just beautiful. My goal for Stage Three is not to be in as much pain as today.” Team Citricom 2’s Jeanie De Villiers and Piet Laubscher came in second, while Team Bike Hub’s Nicholas Webb and Kylie Hanekom finished third. The action of the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Ride will culminate on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 at the Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus). Start Time: 07:00 Start Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) Distance & Climb: 69km / 1200m Family and friends wanting to show support on the final stage can download the Event’s Spectator Guide here: http://wines2whales.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Spectator-Guide.png FNB W2W MTB Ride top results: RESULTS FNB W2W MTB Ride Stage Two.xlsx
  12. Affectionately known as “Play Day”, Stage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride started and finished at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) on Tuesday, 08 November 2016. Click here to view the article
  13. The final destination stage, Stage Three started at the majestic Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw). Riders had to complete a 69km route that featured a 1200m climb. Iconic sections on route included: passing the Houw Hoek Inn, the oldest hotel in South Africa, meandering through the quaint town of Botriver past the Botriver School, experiencing the magnificent Wildekrans and Hermanus Trails, Gaf-se-Bos, the Fruitways Beach Crossing, the PERI river crossing and then finally crossing the finish line by the sea. Theresa and Shane Roomer of Team Roomerhasit in action during Stage Three of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride on Wednesday, 09 November 2016. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg. The men’s, women’s and mixed team categories celebrated hat-trick victories on the day. With the telltale signs of two days of racing in their legs, Team ACE Lesotho’s Phetetso Monese and Bruce Hughes managed to put up a valiant fight, leading the elite men’s race from Water Point Two until the finish. “My legs weren’t feeling great this morning,” says Hughes. “We kept a casual pace until Water Point Two. Phetetso then decided to put it down on the climb, I just followed. Taking part in the W2W is such a privilege. The event just keeps getting better and better.” “My legs were really sore today,” says Monese. “Stage Three was really exciting, finishing at the sea. W2W is tough. I will definitely train harder next year.” Team ACE Lesotho secured the Stage Three victory in 02 hours 59 minutes 52 seconds and an overall event victory in a combined time of 09 hours 04 minutes 35 seconds. Team KAP Prochorus’ Lorenzo Le Roux and Daniel Mannweiler came in second, while Team Lantau Buffaloes’ HP Odendaal and Daniel Carleton finished third. According to rally sensation Ashley Haigh Smith, W2W is his highlight event of the year. “Gugu Zulu introduced me to the W2W four years ago. This year I rode in honour of Gugu. There are many reasons why W2W is special. The riders are well looked after, the atmosphere is amazing and a lot of work goes into the trails.” It was all smiles for Team Haaskat’s Russell Lund and Anneke Hanekom, claiming the Stage Three win in 03 hours 23 minutes 16 seconds, and the overall victory in a combined time of 10 hours 23 minutes 48 seconds. “It all just comes together in the end,” says Lund. “Today was pretty much admin free. We started steady and finished strong.” “Today was amazing,” said Hanekom. “I can’t decide which stage is better.” Team Bike Hub’s Nicholas Webb and Kylie Hanekom came in second, while Team Citricom 2’s Jeanie De Villiers and Piet Laubscher finished third. Team Companero’s Jana Kruger and Ilse Viljoen finished strong with a 03 hours 44 minutes 06 seconds Stage Three victory and an overall victory in a combined time of 11 hours 36 minutes 29 seconds. “Stage three was very nice,” says Viljoen. “I am crazy about single track. W2W is amazing, really well organised with perfect routes. This is easily the best event that we’ve ever taken part in.” After three days of racing Team Sterri Stumpi & Beer’s Meike Aschenbroich and Inky Talbot claimed the second spot on the podium, while Team Vergelegen’s Alta Kriegler and Sunette Beyers finished third. “The Ride certainly lived up to expectations, sustaining great momentum from the first stage. The atmosphere was both intense and enjoyable as the cyclists showcased varying levels of fitness and talent, while being wowed by the amazing scenery. Well done to all the participants and winners. We are looking forward to a spectacular finish as we approach the last stage of the event, the FNB W2W MTB Race,” said Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business. FNB Wines2Whales Stage 3 top results: RESULTS FNB W2W MTB Ride Stage Three.xlsx Next Up: The much awaited FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race will kick off at Lourensford Wine Estate on Friday, 11 November 2016.
  14. Featuring three magnificent days of mountain biking, the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride closed off on a high note at the Onrus Caravan Park (just outside of Hermanus) on Wednesday, 09 November 2016. Click here to view the article
  15. The first of two destination stages, Stage One saw riders having to complete a 68km MTB route (with 1420m ascent) from Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) to the festival village at the majestic Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw), home for the next two days. Mountain bikers in action during Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Ride. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Phetetso Monese and Bruce Hughes of Team ACE Lesotho set a lightning fast pace, crossing the finish line first in 03 hours 07 minutes 39 seconds. According to Hughes, the stage was fantastic. “It was fast. The single track was stunning and well ridden thanks to the W2W Adventure riders that participated this past weekend. We started out hard in a sizeable group. At the Portage section we saw a gap and pushed hard over Gantouw. From there it was pretty much solo riding to the finish.” “This is the second time that I take part in the W2W,” says Monese. “I really enjoyed the stage. It was a fun day. We definitely want to go for the win.” Team KAP Prochorus’ Lorenzo Le Roux and Daniel Mannweiler came in second, while Team Lantau Buffaloes’ HP Odendaal and Daniel Carleton finished third. The FNB W2W MTB Ride has attracted the attention of well-known SA downhill mountain biker, Darryn Stow. “This is my first W2W,” says Stow. “Today’s stage probably suited our style the least. The open roads are perfect for the powerful riders. Stage Two and Three will be better for us though. We’d love to make top three.” Stow and team mate, Graeme Dale Kuys of Team More Cowbell finished 4th on the day. Russell Lund and Anneke Hanekom of Team Haaskat crossed the finish line first in the Mixed Team category in 03 hours 37 minutes 03 seconds. Team Bike Hub’s Nicholas Webb and Kylie Hanekom came in second, while Team Citricom 2’s Jeanie De Villiers and Piet Laubscher finished third. Proving that mountain biking is in their blood Alta Kriegler and Sunette Beyers, twin sisters of Johan Kriegler (FNB W2W MTB Director), were also seen in action on the day. “We really enjoyed the stage,” says Beyers. “This is our first W2W. My sister and I only recently started riding as a team. It’s really nice to take part with her.” Team Companero’s Jana Kruger and Ilse Viljoen were the ladies to beat in the women’s race, crossing the line first in 04 hours 07 minutes 59 seconds. Team Sterri Stumpi & Beer’s Meike Aschenbroich and Inky Talbot came in second, while Team Vergelegen’s Alta Kriegler and Sunette Beyers finished third. FNB Wines2Whales Ride top results: RESULTS FNB W2W MTB Ride Stage One.xlsx Stage Two: Tuesday, 08 November 2016 Start Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) Finish Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) Start Time: 07:00 Distance & Climb: 64km / 1400m Family and friends are invited to show support on route. The Event’s Spectator Guide can be downloaded here: http://wines2whales.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Spectator-Guide.png
  16. Near-perfect weather conditions greeted 1268 mountain bikers (634 teams) at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate on Monday, 07 November 2016 where they lined up for the start of the much anticipated FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride. Click here to view the article
  17. Mountain bikers entering onto the property of Wildekrans Wine Estate during Stage Three of the 2016 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) on Sunday, 06 November 2016. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Team Freewheel Cycology’s Gavin Klerck and Lionel Murray claimed their second stage victory, completing Stage Three in a lightning fast time of 03 hours 06 minutes 33 seconds. “I didn’t think it was possible, but the trails have gotten even better,” says a very happy Klerck. “We had a good stage. We started with everyone and stayed in the mix. At the first climb we pulled away and opened a lead, but then my bike punctured. We had to fight really hard to catch the guys again. On the fast downhill Tyson here (referring to Murray) put the hammer down. The trails are really phenomenal. Finishing first at W2W is massive for me.” “This is a world-class event,” says Murray. “The organisation is superb, the food, accommodation and trails are fantastic. The riders are treated like professionals. It just cannot get any better.” Team Freewheel Cycology’s combined finishing time of 09 hours 40 minutes 31 seconds for all three stages secured them the overall champion’s title in the men’s race. Team SALiRE’s Robert Cragg and Charles Mcfall claimed the second spot on the podium, while Team GRW-LCC’s Dwain Butler and Rudi Pollard finished third. Theresa Ralph and Hamish Knowles of Team Galileo Risk snatched a hat-trick stage victory with a deserving finishing time of 03 hours 16 minutes 59 seconds, taking their combined winning time for all three stages to 10 hours 16 minutes 08 seconds. According to Ralph, they had a marvellous day out on route. “Hamish and I just flowed together. We went out hard, kept it steady and fuelled well. It might be last night’s wine that carried us through today,” laughs Ralph. “Riding with Theresa is a massive learning curve,” says Knowles. “I’m never part of the lead group. Today we were out in front up until the 30km mark. I’m really chuffed with that. Riding with Theresa has me in awe. I’ve definitely improved since 2015. Claiming the mixed team title motivates me to achieve more.” Team Recycles Racing’s Robert Kitching and Collette Bastard claimed the second spot on the podium after three days of racing, while Team Totally Stoked’s Tanja and Jon Oosthuyse finished third. Team SALiRE Women's Lolita Van Aardt and Simone Rhoda Van Aardt also celebrated their hat-trick stage victory on the day after completing the 69km stage in a time of 03 hours 41 minutes 20 seconds. Team SALiRE Women's combined winning time for all three stages was 11 hours 22 minutes 30 seconds. The second spot on the podium went to Team Pharmachoice Ladies’ Michelle Van Aswegen and Emma Pienaar, while Sarah Davies and Beverley Wingfield finished third. “Congratulations to all the riders and winners for completing this really tough event. You have set the tone for the rest of the FNB Wines2Whales MTB event series. It was encouraging to see so many cyclists coming out to enjoy the Adventure. We could not have wished for a better start to the 2016 edition of this event,” said Mike Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business. The final destination stage, Stage Three of the FNB W2W MTB Adventure started at the picturesque Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) and finished at the Onrus Caravan Park. Iconic sections on route included: passing the Houw Hoek Inn, the oldest hotel in South Africa, meandering through the quaint town of Botriver past the Botriver School, experiencing the magnificent Wildekrans and Hermanus Trails, Gaf-se-Bos, the Fruitways Beach Crossing, the PERI river crossing and then finally crossing the finish line by the sea. FNB Wines2Whales MTB Adventure top results: RESULTS FNB W2W MTB Adventure Stage 3 and GC.xlsx Next Up:FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 07 November 2016 – Wednesday, 09 November 2016 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 11 November 2016 – Sunday, 13 November 2016
  18. Three days of exceptional mountain biking concluded just outside of Hermanus on Sunday, 06 November 2016 with elated mountain bikers completing the final 69km stage (featuring a 1200 climb) of the 2016 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Adventure. Click here to view the article
  19. The only stage to start and finish at the same venue, Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw), mountain bikers had to complete a 64km route (with 1400 ascent) that included some of W2W’s most iconic sections such as the Paul Cluver Amphi Bike Park with well-known MTB features such as Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra (switch-backs), Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels, Pine Singles (now with dual and cross-overs) and the Berms. The Stage Three action was closed off with the triple storeyed KROMCO-PERI Bike Park, which stands an impressive 6 – 8m above ground. (from left to right): Lolita Van Aardt and Simone Rhoda Van Aardt of team SALiRE Women's in action during Stage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Adventure. Photo Credit: Jetline Action Photo A sprint finish saw Gavin Klerck and Lionel Murray of Team Freewheel Cycology clinch the Stage Two victory in 03 hours 08 minutes 46 seconds. “We lost a lot of time on Stage One due to technical issues, so today we decided early on to split things up,” says Murray. “Two or three teams came across. We just worked together to get a bigger gap. Our game plan worked perfectly. The trails are phenomenal. Play Day definitely lived up to its reputation.” Team GRW-LCC’s Dwain Butler and Rudi Pollard came in second, while Team SALiRE’s Robert Cragg and Charles Mcfall finished third. Team Galileo Risk’s Theresa Ralph and Hamish Knowles secured their second stage victory of the weekend in a time of 03 hours 22 minutes 35 seconds. “Going into Stage Two we only had a +-45 second lead,” says Ralph. “So we started in front and stuck with the guys up the first climb. We thought we had a big gap on the second team, but when we reached the switchbacks at Thandi, the team just appeared. We pushed really hard to hold them off and increase our lead. The route was absolutely phenomenal.” Team At Last’s Philip Lambrecht and Jane Seggie came in second, while Team Recycles Racing’s Robert Kitching and Collette Bastard finished third. Mother and daughter duo Lolita Van Aardt and Simone Rhoda Van Aardt of team SALiRE Women's also secured their second stage victory of the weekend in a time of 03 hours 40 minutes. “Today was really nice,” says Lolita. “Out of the three stages, stage two is definitely the best. It was fantastic. This is also the best weather that the Adventure has ever had.” Team Pharmachoice Ladies’ Michelle Van Aswegen and Emma Pienaar came in second, while Sarah Davies and Beverley Wingfield finished third. The 2016 FNB W2W MTB Adventure will close off on Sunday, 06 November 2016 with its final destination stage, from Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) to the Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus): Start Time: 07:00 Distance & Climb: 69km / 1200m Family and friends wanting to show support on the final stage can download the Event’s Spectator Guide here: http://wines2whales.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Spectator-Guide.png Results Open Men1 Gavin Klerck and Lionel Murray / Freewheel Cycology 03:08:46, 2 Dwain Butler and Rudi Pollard / GRW-LCC 03:08:48, 3 Robert Cragg and Charles Mcfall / SALiRE 03:12:51, 4 Jacques Bakkes and Ivor Hambridge / Iron Fist 03:14:00, 5 Linus Van Onselen and Greeff Moolman / Doctor & Patient 03:15:21, 6 Andre Joubert and Raoul Hamman / Andre&Raoul 03:15:53, 7 Mark Boddy and Thomas Figl / Reliance clothing 03:16:55, 8 Frikkie Hartog and Gerard Dirks / Gedis 03:17:19, 9 Christoffel De Neys and Chris Nel / SIRAC 03:18:28, 10 Johannes Botha and John De Bruyn/ The Rain 03:18:58 Open Women 1 Lolita Van Aardt and Simone Rhoda Van Aardt / SALiRE Women's Team 03:40:00, 2 Michelle Van Aswegen and Emma Pienaar / Pharmachoice Ladies 03:48:26, 3 Sarah Davies and Beverley Wingfield / Team name must be captured 03:52:15, 4 Caren Mills and Dawn Herbert / Rugged Roses 03:57:36, 5 Nicki Sutherland and Lindsey O'brien / Elcarbo 1 04:04:59, 6 Adele Ambrose and Lauren Walker / The Old and the New 04:08:19, 7 Phelia Burger and Erica Green / Reeds Wines 2 Whales 04:13:17, 8 Kim De Villiers and Anneke Viljoen/ TT 04:15:58, 9 Melanie Knowles and Lasqueve Raubenheimer / Wine Lover’s 04:17:03, 10 Jo Maughan and Lynn Christian / Trailing Angels 04:21:10 Open Mixed 1 Theresa Ralph and Hamish Knowles / Galileo Risk 03:22:35, 2 Philip Lambrecht and Jane Seggie / At Last 03:23:35, 3 Robert Kitching and Collette Bastard / Recycles Racing 03:28:04, 4 Tarryn Povey and Sean Stack / Sexy Niners 03:37:53, 5 Tanja Oosthuyse and Jon Oosthuyse / Totally stoked 03:38:27, 6 Alan Van Schoor and Jenny Close / Cycles Direct 03:43:10, 7 Mario Oosthuizen and Leanne Brownwaterson / Display Mania Life Riders 03:45:55, 8 Heather Slabbert and Jaco Ferreira / LeftyRangers 03:49:28, 9 Adrian De Jonge and Rosemary Bailey / Wild Rush Distributors 03:50:31, 10 Kevin Goodspeed and Dominique Provoyeur / GoPro 03:53:14
  20. Stage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Adventure, the much awaited ‘Play Day’, was welcomed with much enthusiasm on Saturday, 05 November 2016. Click here to view the article
  21. Mountain bikers in action during Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Adventure. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Cool weather conditions proving to be the norm at the FNB W2W MTB Adventure, the first destination stage of the event saw an impressive field of 1344 riders (672 teams of two) having to complete a 68km MTB route with a 1420m ascent, from Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) to the festival village at the majestic Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw), home for the next two day. Team SALiRE’s Robert Cragg and Charles Mcfall snatched the Stage One victory in a time of 03 hours 23 minutes 15 seconds. According to Cragg the stage was awesome. “We started slower than the other teams and just picked the guys up along the way. The routes, trails, single tracks are awesome. The event is just world class. Our goal is to make top three. We’ll just see how it goes.” Team Freewheel Cycology’s Gavin Klerck and Lionel Murray came in second, while Team Gedis’ Frikkie Hartog and Gerard Dirks finished third. Defending women’s team champions Lolita Van Aardt and Simone Rhoda Van Aardt of Team SALiRE Women's crossed the finish line first in a deserving time of 04 hours 01 minutes 10 seconds. “We were initially worried about the rain, but it was actually beneficial today,” says Lolita. “The W2W routes are fantastic. Simone’s riding has improved dramatically since 2015. She is really looking forward to Stage Two’s single track.” Team Pharmachoice Ladies’ Michelle Van Aswegen and Emma Pienaar came in second, while Team Rugged Roses’ Caren Mills and Dawn Herbert finished third. Galileo Risk’s Theresa Ralph and Hamish Knowles were the mixed team to beat on the day, claiming the top spot on the podium in 03 hours 36 minutes 34 seconds. According to Ralph, Stage One was great. “Each year I take part in the FNB W2W MTB Adventure with a client of my sponsor,” says Ralph. “Today’s stage was lovely, fast and flowing. I am happy that the portage section is over. It does add to the event though. Our goal will be to take the mixed team title.” Team At Last’s Philip Lambrecht and Jane Seggie came in second, while Team Cycles Direct’s Alan Van Schoor and Jenny Close finished third. Stage Two: Saturday, 05 November 2016 Start Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) Finish Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) Start Time: 07:00 Distance & Climb: 64km / 1400m Family and friends are invited to show support on route. The Event’s Spectator Guide can be downloaded here: http://wines2whales.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Spectator-Guide.png Results Open Men1 Robert Cragg and Charles Mcfall / Team SALiRE 03:23:15, 2 Gavin Klerck and Lionel Murray / Freewheel Cycology 03:25:12, 3 Frikkie Hartog and Gerard Dirks / Gedis 03:25:58, 4 Dwain Butler and Rudi Pollard / GRW-LCC 03:28:00, 5 Christoffel De Neys and Chris Nel / SIRAC 03:30:52, 6 Linus Van Onselen and Greeff Moolman / Doctor & Patient 03:32:14, 7 Paul Byrne and Jan Tukker / APPB 03:33:09, 8 Garin Walker and Rens Rezelman / Buffaloe And Rabbit 03:34:20, 9 Paul Davies and Lieuwe Boonstra / Atlas Tower /rentalcars.com 03:35:06, 10 Roger Mcdonald and John Bos / RIALTO 03:35:24 Open Women 1 Lolita Van Aardt and Simone Rhoda Van Aardt / SALiRE Women's Team 04:01:10, 2 Michelle Van Aswegen and Emma Pienaar / Pharmachoice Ladies 04:11:07, 3 Caren Mills and Dawn Herbert / Rugged Roses 04:18:13, 4 Phelia Burger and Erica Green / Reeds Wines 2 Whales 04:19:53, 5 Sarah Davies and Beverley Wingfield / Team name must be captured 04:25:26, 6 Nicki Sutherland and Lindsey O'brien / Elcarbo 1 04:27:28, 7 Melanie Knowles and Lasqueve Raubenheimer / Wine Lovers 04:30:37, 8 Kim De Villiers and Anneke Viljoen / TT 04:31:03, 9 Adele Ambrose and Lauren Walker / The Old and the New 04:35:39, 10 Nikki Haywood and Sharon Fish / Trail Angels 04:43:12 Open Mixed 1 Theresa Ralph and Hamish Knowles / Galileo Risk 03:36:34, 2 Philip Lambrecht and Jane Seggie / At Last 03:37:17, 3 Alan Van Schoor and Jenny Close / Cycles Direct 03:54:15, 4 Heather Slabbert and Jaco Ferreira / LeftyRangers 03:54:36, 5 Robert Kitching and Collette Bastard / Recycles Racing 03:55:08, 6 Tanja Oosthuyse and Jon Oosthuyse / Totally stoked 03:55:43, 7 Tarryn Povey and Sean Stack / Sexy Niners 03:59:11, 8 Mario Oosthuizen and Leanne Brownwaterson / Display Mania Life Riders 04:04:28, 9 Craig Woods and Christine Woods / Wilde Fire 04:14:34, 10 Adrian De Jonge and Rosemary Bailey / Wild Rush Distributors 04:15:14
  22. Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Adventure kicked off at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate on Friday, 04 November 2016. Click here to view the article
  23. International teams that will be shredding up the course will include German MTB duo, Karl Platt and Simon Stiebjahn of Team Bulls, German Tour De France heroes Markus Bauer and Johannes Fröhlinger of Team Giant Alpecin Kreidler, Team Investec-Songo-Specialized’s Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) with Sam Gaze (New Zealand) and Swiss mountain bikers Konny Looser and Fabian Giger of Team BiXS Pro. Konny Looser. Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg Team Bulls’ Simon Stiebjahn and Karl Platt will make their W2W debut on Friday, 11 November 2016. “I supported some friends at the 2014 event,” says Stiebjahn. “It looked like a lot of fun and the riders only spoke positively about the route. W2W is special for various reasons including the fact that it starts in the wine region and ends close to Hermanus. The event perfectly depicts the diversity and loveliness of the Western Cape.” Another team making their debut in November will be Markus Bauer and Johannes Fröhlinger of Team Giant Alpecin Kreidler. “Konny Looser told me about the great route and event,” says Bauer. “I am looking forward to the trails and the wine. My goal will be to have a good time, while performing to the fullest.” Fröhlinger admits to having no MTB race experience. “I entered W2W because I was looking for new experiences and am preparing for the Tour Down Under in January,” says Fröhlinger. “W2W was highly recommended by a few of my friends. My goal is to gain experience, prepare for the road season and most importantly have fun. I am looking forward to experiencing the great sport of mountain biking, in a great country on great terrain.” A number of SA’s elite riders rate Konny Looser and Fabian Giger of Team BiXS Pro as the team to beat at the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Race. According to Looser, W2W is one of his favorite races of the year. “The event is well organized and features amazing single track,” says Looser. “I am looking forward to great racing at a high level, a relaxed and chilled vibe after the race with good food and a nice glass of wine to end off the season. My goal will be to claim back the title.” Giger has also set his sights on the podium. “I entered W2W because it is new to me. I am looking forward to a great experience, awesome racing, sweet single track and seeing some wineries.” The teaming up of Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) with Sam Gaze (New Zealand) of Team Investec-Songo-Specialized is sure to ruffle some feathers at the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Race. Sauser has competed twice at W2W, claiming gold in 2014. “W2W is one of the key events to raise funds for songo.info,” says Sauser. “We are proud to be an official charity of the event. Personally I love the characteristic course with its amazing trails, the atmosphere, organization and setup. I am happy to be riding with Sam. He’s an amazing friend and team mate.” According to Gaze, who is the current U23 Cross-Country World Champion, Christoph has told him a lot about W2W. “Christoph’s wedding is around the same time, so I made sure that I was able to race. I am looking forward to seeing the landscape that the Western Cape provides. This is a beautiful part of our world and I'm excited to see it showcased over the three days of W2W. As I have been Christoph’s student for a while, I’ve picked up on his mentality that we are always on a start line to win,” laughs Gaze. Elite South African riders to look out for will include: Reigning Champions, Erik Kleinhans and James Reid of Team Spur Topeak Ergon, Philip Buys and Arno du Toit of Team Scott LCB Factory Racing, Team USN Purefit’s Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock and Team NAD’s Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck.
  24. Celebrating its 8th anniversary in November, the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race has attracted a stellar field of international riders. Click here to view the article
  25. Reigning Champions, Erik Kleinhans and James Reid of Team Spur Topeak Ergon completed the 2015 event in an impressive combined time of 08 hours 17 minutes 19 seconds. Kleinhans has had a stellar season raking in victories at a number of SA’s praised MTB events including the Fedhealth MTB Challenge and the Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge. James Reid of Team Spur Topeak Ergon will be gunning for a successful title defence with team member Erik Kleinhans at the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Race the weekend of 11 – 13 November 2016. Photo Credit: Craig Kolesky. “The decision to race W2W is pretty much made by itself,” says Kleinhans. “Apart from it being a big race for the podium, it is also a great event as a whole with some really cool routes, a super relaxing atmosphere and very good organization. Our first objective is always to be on the podium, but naturally we all fight for the top spot. Apart from a stack of motivated SA teams, there will also be some motivated Europeans. My vote however is that our toughest competition will come from the Swiss pairing of Konny Looser and Fabian Giger of the Kross Bikes BiXS Pro Team.” According to current SA Elite XCO Champion, James Reid, the added prize purse is also a big incentive. “W2W is a great race on local trails with a really nice vibe. Our team strength will include tactical riding and trail knowledge. The inclusion of more European riders increases the competition. This definitely adds a bit of pressure.” Philip Buys and Arno du Toit of Team Scott LCB Factory Racing will also be gunning for gold. “I’ve taken part in W2W twice, but only for fun during my off season,” says Buys. “This year the event fits perfectly into my racing season. It’s always a great, fun event to end the year off with. I am really looking forward to the trails.” Du Toit will celebrate his W2W debut in 2016. “I’ve heard many awesome war stories about W2W and am super happy for the opportunity to take part this year,” says Du Toit. “My goal will be to ride fast and have a great time. I am also looking forward to finally seeing what all the stories and hype is about.” Team USN Purefit’s Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock are also top contenders for the podium. According to Lill, the route and the vibe make W2W special. “Although all three routes are great, Stage Three is my favorite as reaching the sea is really special.” “The event’s great reputation and prize purse was a huge drawcard to enter,” admits Woolcock. “To me W2W is special because it’s so close to home. The routes are challenging, but enjoyable at the same time. I really enjoy Stage One. The portage over Gantouw Pass is something different.” Team NAD’s Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck from Nelspruit Mpumalanga have also set their sights on a podium finish. “Considering the international competition, a podium finish would be great,” says Bell. “Everyone on the start line will be considered competition.” “We enjoy W2W,” says Combrinck. “The good vibe at the festival village and the fun trails are what make W2W really special. We’ll face tough competition from both local and international riders. Our goal will, however, be to win.” South Africa’s Elites will face tough competition from the following international teams: Team Investec-Songo-Specialized’s Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) with Sam Gaze (New Zealand), Team Bulls’ German pairing of Karl Platt with Simon Stiebjahn, another German pairing of Johannes Fröhlinger and Markus Bauer of Team Giant Alpecin Kreidler and Swiss mountain bikers Konny Looser and Fabian Giger of Team BiXS Pro.
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