BMW welcomed as vehicle part of FNB Wines2Whales

The organizers of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events have welcomed BMW as the event’s official vehicle partner in 2017.

“We are proud to welcome BMW as the official vehicle partner to the FNB W2W MTB Events,” says Michael Meyer, FNB W2W MTB Director.  “Words that are synonymous with both BMW and W2W include:  luxury, pleasure, performance and prestige.  It’s with great excitement that we align the ultimate driving machine with the Western Cape’s ultimate three-day MTB stage race.  Together with BMW we look forward to hosting a memorable MTB experience like no other.”

“We are pleased to partner with the FNB W2W MTB Events. The partnership is synonymous with the BMW brand and its values, especially right now as we have just most recently wowed the Sports Activity Vehicle segment with the new-generation X3 thanks to its sporty performance both on and off the road. We (BMW Lifestyle) have also partnered with premium bike manufacturer Specialized by presenting the ideal travel companion for anyone seeking to explore new routes, test out their limits and enjoy an unbridled sense of independence and freedom over all terrains with a limited-run special edition of the Specialized Turbo Levo: the Specialized for BMW Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie,” says Lou-Anne Fitzsimons, Director of Sales and Marketing at BMW Group South Africa.

“While BMW has stunning design and infinite versatility, Specialized has raised the bar for two-wheelers with its Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. Therefore it makes perfect sense for us to be a part of the FNB W2W.  We wish all rider participants the best of luck,” Fitzsimons adds.


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, or or visit 


Recently acquired by Cape Epic (PTY) Ltd, FNB Wines2Whales is a three-day mountain bike stage race held in the Western Cape, South Africa. Founded in 2009, the annual event hosts four thousand riders competing in two-person teams over 70-80km per day. The race format consists of three consecutive, separate, but identical events over ten days (named ‘Adventure’, ‘Ride’ and ‘Race’) – allowing riders to choose the appropriate option that suits their level of competitiveness. With entries selling out each year, FNB Wines2Whales is regarded as South Africa’s premier three-day mountain bike stage race.


The Absa Cape Epic® is the world’s premier mountain bike stage race. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 650km of unspoilt scenery and 15,000m of accumulated climbing, over some of the most magnificent mountain passes in Western Cape in South Africa.  The Absa Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world and the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). This official UCI status makes it a highlight on the professional racer’s calendar. The Absa Cape Epic also attracts aspiring amateur riders wanting to test themselves against the best. It is a full-service race, meaning that everything is taken care of from the start – all riders need to think about is riding.

In 2017, Cape Epic was acquired by the IRONMAN group, part of Wanda Sports, to anchor a global portfolio of off-road events and to spearhead the development and expansion of a worldwide series of premium mountain-bike races.

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