Cape TownThe 7th annual FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race will see a stellar field of elite female competitors toe the line at the majestic Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Friday, 06 November 2015.  Top names will include Ariane Kleinhans and Candice Neethling as well as Jennie Stenehag and Robyn De Groot.

According to Kleinhans, W2W is one of South Africa’s greatest stage races.  “The route and the organization of the event are absolutely first class.  I love the amount of great single track as well as the beautiful landscape of this race.  The stages are not too long and not too short.  Riders get to experience a variety of terrain over the three days, so it’s never boring.  Our goal will definitely be to win.”

“I have done this race a few times now,” says Stenerhag.  “It’s definitely one of my highlights of the year.  The route is of the best that I’ve ever ridden and it keeps improving every year.  The atmosphere at the race is so relaxed with riders just having fun at the end of a long season.  I am really looking forward to racing with Robyn.  Our team dynamic is our strength.  Our goal will definitely be the top step of the podium.”

After competing at her first W2W Race in 2014, De Groot added the event to her list of favorites.  “It’s an awesome way to finish off the season,” says De Groot.  “Day Two is definitely my favorite.  We’re treated to some incredible trail and single track with wooden berms and bridges.  I get excited just thinking about it.  Winning is our main objective.  With the announcement of the prize money incentive, we know that the competition is bound to be extremely tough.  We are expecting a very exciting and competitive race.”

The prize purse for the 2015 FNB W2W MTB Race has increased by R31 500, taking the overall total to a whopping R381 500.  The overall women’s team will take home a prize purse of R65 000 after Stage Three.  Runners up will be awarded R30 000, while the final team on the podium will win R17 500.

In addition to this impressive prize purse, the first women’s team to reach the ISUZU Hot Spot on Day Two will take home a well-deserved R5000.


A three day stage MTB race, participants can choose between the fun-filled FNB W2W MTB Adventure, a slightly more relaxed FNB W2W MTB Ride and the action-packed FNB W2W MTB Race.

  • 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 Race:  Friday, 06 November 2015 – Sunday, 08 November 2015

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Exciting News:  This year all riders stand an equal chance to take home either a stunning Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6 Fattie for men or a Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 6 Fattie for women.  The bike draw will take place during prize giving after Stage Two of each event and will include a complimentary Body Geometry Fit.  The winner needs to be present in the marquee to claim his/her prize.

For more information on the FNB Wines2Whales MTB events contact 083 760 3158, e-mail race@wines2whales.co.za, adventure@wines2whales.co.za or ride@wines2whales.co.za or visit www.wines2whales.co.za

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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