MUDDY DAY OUT ON ROUTE AT STAGE TWO OF FNB W2W MTB RIDE

The second stage of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride kicked off at the picturesque Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) on Tuesday, 04 November 2014.

Riders had a lot to be thankful for with the rain ceasing minutes before the first batch of riders lined up in the start chutes.

Fondly referred to as the ‘Play Day’, Stage Two saw riders experiencing the best bridges and structures built for the sport of mountain biking including the madly creative Peri-Kromco Play Park.

Frikkie Hartog and Gerard Dirks of Team Knersus secured their second stage victory, completing the 67km route in a lightning fast time of 03 hours 22 minutes 39 seconds.  According to Hartog, stage two was great.  “We started in the front.  With the route being fairly flat in the beginning, we all stuck together with us pulling away at water point two.  The Paul Cluver Amphi Bike Park was enjoyable, while the Peri-Kromco Play Park was interesting and great fun.  We’ll definitely like to go for our hat-trick win tomorrow, but will have to see what happens”.  Fanie Steenkamp and Pierre Andre Knoetze of Team Xtreme Riders came in second, while Harry Orr and Ehlers Smit of Team The Fast Traks finished third.

Tamaryn Kietzmann and Nicholas Porteous of Team Specialized Duo were the mixed team to beat on the day crossing the finish line first in an impressive time of 03 hours 51 minutes 14 seconds.  “Nick had to help me a lot today,” laughed Kietzmann.  “I learnt a lot about mountain biking.  I was a little nervous going into the Paul Cluver Amphi Bike Park, but ended up really enjoying it and definitely want to come back to do it again.  Our goal for tomorrow is just to make it to the finish.  Hopefully we’ll be first”.  Yzette and Petrus Oelofse of Team Boys and Bikes came in second, while Colette Willemse and Edrich Fivaz of Team Vision Trust finished third.

German competitors Susanne Rathgeb and Nicole Kuttruff of Team Craft Rocky Mountain Girls had a great day out on route.  Crossing the finish line in 04 hours 18 minutes 49 seconds they claimed the top spot on the podium in the women’s category.  “We experienced technical problems early in the stage thanks to the mud,” said Rathgeb.  “The support at water point one was excellent and we were able to sort out our bikes and carry on.  The first two stages have been great and very professionally organized.  Compared to events in Germany, this is a real mountain biking experience”.  Caroline Schuerman and Janet Keet of Team Masikhule came in second, while Nienke Van Schaik and Kasha Dickie of Team Extreme Lights finished third.

GC Results going into Stage 3:

MEN

P_Group

Time Day2

Time GC

Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2

1

03:22:39

07:10:03

2AB Knersus Frikkie Hartog Gerard Dirks

2

03:24:44

07:12:10

517AB XTREME RIDERS Fanie Steenkamp Pierre Andre Knoetze

3

03:25:35

07:25:50

7AB The Fast Traks Harry Orr Ehlers Smit

4

03:31:15

07:32:01

23AB The Wash @ The River Club Adriaan Theron Bryan Nicholson

5

03:31:27

07:32:33

3AB Having Fun Graham Ransom James Thomas

MIXED

P_Group

Time Day2

Time GC

Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2

1

04:00:42

08:15:56

34AB Boys and bikes Petrus Oelofse Yzette Oelofse

2

03:51:14

08:16:08

25AB Specialized Duo Tamaryn Kietzmann Nicholas Porteous

3

04:01:22

08:41:16

114AB Vision Trust Colette Willemse Edrich Fivaz

4

04:18:39

08:49:01

80AB LGS Exports Piet Van Rensburg Jeanie de Villiers

5

04:10:55

08:49:45

154AB Team WAKA Kathy Milne Walter Diezel

WOMEN

P_Group

Time Day2

Time GC

Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2

1

04:18:49

08:58:35

527AB Craft Rocky Mountain Girls Susanne Rathgeb Nicole Kuttruff

2

04:29:24

09:34:26

6AB Masikhule Caroline Schuermans Janet Keet

3

04:32:49

09:39:28

124AB EXTREME LIGHTS Nienke Van Schaik Kasha Dickie

 STAGE THREE Wednesday, 04 November 2014 

Start:                  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish:               Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)

Start Time:      07:00

Distance:          73km

 

Like our Facebook page:  Wines2Whales

Follow us on Twitter:  @w2wmtb

All 2014 FNB W2W MTB riders (Adventure, Ride and Race) stand the chance to win a magnificent Specialized mountain bike in the #MySpecializedDraw.  Valued at a whopping R50 000.00 per event, the #MySpecializedDraw includes a Body Geometry Fit Session.

About FNB Wines2Whales:

FNB Business and FNB Private Clients 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.

Contact

FNB Business- If your business is going far, we can help you get there.

Email: zak.sivalingum@fnb.co.za

 

FNB Private Clients – We help you grow, manage, protect and enjoy your wealth.

Email: nsolomon@fnbprivateclients.co.za

 

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

 

ISSUED BY:                                       Newsport Media

ON BEHALF OF:                              Wines2Whales Organisation

Comments are closed.