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Cape TownThe much anticipated FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events got underway at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate on Friday, 30 October 2015.  Kicking off with the FNB W2W MTB Adventure 1300 riders (650 teams of two) had to complete the 72km Stage One route that featured a 1620m ascent before crossing the finish line at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw), their home for the weekend.

Team Kia Namibia’s Martin Freyer and Michael Pretorius took the lead in the men’s race claiming victory in a lightning fast time of 04 hours 06 minutes 31 seconds.  According to Freyer their focus was on enjoying the stage, and not on winning.  “A few years back I got to ride Stage Two and Three due to a substitution, but this is the first time that I get to take part in all three stages.  W2W is a definite bucket list event.  The trails, sponsors, rider lounge, everything is amazing.  We’re looking forward to Stage Two, trail heaven.”  Michael Creedon and Andrew Davies of Team Oakhaven-Granite came in second, while Anton Koller and Gregor Krall of Team Rehidrat 2 finished third.

Theresa Ralph and Hamish Knowles of Team Galileo Risk set the course ablaze in the mixed team category claiming victory in a time of 04 hours 35 minutes 19 seconds.  “We had fun out there,” said Ralph.  “We rode some lovely new trails and the views were just amazing.  I have some unfinished business with the W2W Race.  In 2014 I had to withdraw due to a torn hamstring, so I’ll be taking part again this year as part of a women’s team.  My partner and I will definitely be riding competitively.  For now Hamish and I are just having fun.  We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”  Bianca Haw and Andrew Houston of Team Rippers came in second, while Jampie Vlok and Zelda Van Wijk of Team Rola Toyota finished third.

Mother and daughter duo, Lolita and Simone Van Aardt of Team Tailormade Properties/Craft Racing completed the 72km stage in 04 hours 56 minutes 46 seconds.  “Today was tough,” said Simone.  “I only recently started riding.  This is the furthest that I’ve ever ridden on a mountain bike.  Being able to participate with my mother is really special.”  Lolita will also be seen toeing the line at the FNB W2W MTB Race.  Michelle Van Aswegen and Emma Pienaar Of Team Crackerjacks came in second, while Louise Bezuidenhout and Colene Steyn of Team Provincial Logistics finished third.

Stage Two:  Saturday, 31 October 2015

A single track haven and affectionately dubbed ‘Play Day’ the Stage Two route will feature the exhilarating Paul Cluver Bike Park and single tracks as well as the Kromco Play Park.

Start & Finish Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
Distance: 67km
Ascent: 1366m

WIN with FNB W2W MTB and Specialized:  Mountain bike enthusiasts taking part in the 2015 FNB W2W MTB Events (Adventure, Ride and Race) will 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.

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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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