FNB W2W to close off on a high note

Seen here:  Mountain bikers in action in Botriver during the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Events.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

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 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. ”


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!

Stage Three:

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


  • 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

This year each rider will receive an awesome adidas Stockhorn Fleece Hoodie compliments of adidas SA the event’s official off-bike apparel partner.

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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

About FNB Wines2Whales:

FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth are proud to be the title sponsors of the annual FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events.

The sponsorship forms part of FNB’s ongoing strategy to support local and community events that focus on a healthy lifestyle and show the potential to grow. The 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 MTB 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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