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Cape TownStage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Adventure was met with much excitement on Saturday, 31 October 2015.

Starting and finishing at the picturesque Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw), Stage Two has affectionately been dubbed ‘Play Day’.  A single track haven, the route included the exhilarating Paul Cluver Bike Park and single tracks as well as the Kromco Play Park.

Martin Freyer and Michael Pretorius of Team Kia Namibia secured yet another stage victory in an impressive time of 03 hours 14 minutes 54 seconds.  “Originally our only strategy was to enjoy the route, but last night we decided that our goal today would be to reach the single track first,” said Pretorius.  “This enabled us to enjoy our speed and have more fun.  W2W definitely features the best single track and amazing scenery.  The vibe is really great.  When you cross the finish line you can’t help but smile.  Although we’ll want to be in front of the bunch tomorrow, we will be riding to enjoy the route.”  Anton Koller and Gregor Krall of Team Rehidrat 2 came in second, while Robert Cragg and Ray Thorpe of Team Craft Racing finished third.

Theresa Ralph and Hamish Knowles of Team Galileo Risk claimed gold in the mixed team category in a deserving time of 03 hours 33 minutes 18 seconds.  According to Ralph, Stage Two was lovely.  “Today was just beautiful.  The Paul Cluver Bike Park was a lot of fun and safe at all times.  It’s great that the middle stage is a bit shorter, so we won’t be too tired going into Stage Three.  Hamish and I seem to have found our grove.  Tomorrow we’ll just carry on, ride within our zone and see how it goes.” Karin Van Niekerk and Mark Mahoney of Team Cycology came in second, while Robert Kitching and Collette Bastard of Team Recycles Racing finished third.

Lolita and Simone Van Aardt of Team Tailormade Properties/Craft Racing continued their winning streak, crossing the finish line first in a time of 03 hours 54 minutes 37 seconds.  “Today was really nice.  The stage wasn’t as tough as Stage One.  I really enjoyed the flowing single track,” said Simone.  Phelia Burger and Erica Green of Team Reeds/Wines2Whales came in second, while Michelle Van Aswegen and Emma Pienaar of Team Crackerjacks finished third.

The top three rankings going into Stage Three are as follows:

Men’s Teams:

  1. Martin Fryer and Michael Pretorius / Team Kia Namibia 07:21:25
  2. Anton Koller and Gregor Krall / Team Rehidrat2 07:27:44
  3. Franclo Henning and Charl Cooper / Billy and Villi 07:40:2

Women’s Teams:

  1. Lolita Van Aardt and Simone Rhoda Van Aardt / 08:51:23
  2. Michelle Van Aswegen and Emma Pienaar / Team Crackerjacks 09:34:54
  3. Phelia Burger and Erica Green / Reeds Wines2Whales 09:41:46

Mixed Teams:

  1. Theresa Ralph and Hamish Knowles / Galileo Risk 08:08:37
  2. Karin Van Niekerk and Mark Mahoney / Cycology 08:45:47
  3. Robert Kitching and Collette Bastard / Recycles Racing 08:48:21

 Stage ThreeSunday, 01 November 2015

Stage three will see riders bidding farewell to the Oak Valley Race Village that has been their home for the past two days.  A mere 75km route is all that stands between them and the finish line at the Onrust Caravan Park.  Route highlights will include the new Houwhoek trails, Wildekrans Wine Estate’s improved single tracks, Gaf-se-Bos and the new Hermanus – Euodia trails, including Onrust Gorge and Barrel Loop, which have replaced the final long climb of the day.

Start: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
Finish: Onrust Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)
Distance: 75km
Ascent: 1300m

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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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