The Botriver Primary School recently took delivery of 50 bicycles (38 single speed and 12 mountain bikes with gears) compliments of the organisers of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events and the Pedal Power Association (PPA).

“The Botriver Primary School has always been part of the FNB W2W,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director.  “The Stage Three route goes via the town, with the school hosting the first water point of the day.  The school’s Principal is a keen cyclist and is determined to establish a cycling club at the school.  The bicycle and equipment donation is valued at R100 000 and was made possible through a joint venture between the Pedal Power Association (PPA) and FNB W2W.  In addition to managing water points and car transfers at the FNB W2W MTB Events, the Rotary Helderberg Sunrise Club also made a donation towards the bicycles.  ASLA, a Western Cape based Building and Construction Company, showed their support by donating both a 12 meter and a 6 meter container in which the bicycles will be safe guarded on the school premises.”

“PPA is a Public Benefit Organisation committed to promote cycling and the interests of cyclists. Our influence and interest spans across recreational road and off-road cycling events and initiatives; supporting cycling community projects like this project; lobbying for the interests of cyclists’ safety and rights; assisting communities to develop through cycling; and encouraging our youth to cycle. We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this worthy initiative,” said PPA Chairman Steve Hayward.

According to Yusuf Haas, Principal of the Botriver Primary School, the school is thirty-four years old, has a learner total of 712 students ranging from Grade R to Grade 9 and a staff contingent of 24 teachers.  “The bicycle donation will greatly contribute to the physical development of our learners who will now be exposed to other sporting codes, enhancing their confidence.  The school’s MTB Club will consist of senior (grade 8 and grade 9) learners, while the single speed bicycles will mainly be used by younger learners to teach them the basics of road safety.  One of the aims of the MTB Club will be to encourage learners to participate in events such as the FNB W2W.”

The learners of the Botriver Primary School will be seen cycling along the Stage Three Route of the FNB W2W MTB Events (Adventure, Ride and Race), welcoming riders and showing their gratitude for this wonderful gesture that was made possible by each entrant.


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, 30 October 2015 – Sunday, 01 November 2015 
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride:  Monday, 02 November 2015 – Wednesday, 04 November 2015 
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB RaceFriday, 06 November 2015 – Sunday, 08 November 2015

Stage One

Start Venue:                   Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)

Finish Venue:                 Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Distance:                          72km


Stage Two

Start Venue:                   Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish Venue:                 Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Distance:                          67km


Stage Three

Start Venue:                   Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish Venue:                 Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)

Distance:                          74km


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About FNB Wines2Whales:


FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth have made a joint commitment to sponsor the annual Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Events.

FNB’s ongoing strategy is to support local and community events that show the potential to grow. This sponsorship affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, through a sport that continues to grow in popularity as one of the key activities in the South African sporting calendar. The annual FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Events are aligned to our belief that adventure is the heart of innovation and this is one of many platforms on which we seek to make a lasting connection with new and existing clients.


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