Cool start to FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride

Seen here:  The first batch of riders departing from Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Monday, 03 November 2014 for the first stage of the FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride.  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Seen here: The first batch of riders departing from Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Monday, 03 November 2014 for the first stage of the FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride. Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

It was a cool start to the 2014 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride at Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Monday, 03 November 2014.  With the promise of rain looming, over 1200 eager mountain bikers toed the line to take on the 72km route that included having to trek over the historic Gantouw Pass, the only piece of trail to feature a compulsory portage, before crossing the finish line at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw).

Reigning 2013 FNB W2W MTB Ride Champions, Frikkie Hartog and Gerard Dirks of Team Knersus put down the hammer crossing the finish line at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) first in an impressive time of 03 hours 47 minutes 24 seconds.  “Today was hard, but great,” said Dirks.  “The weather was humid, but ok.  It would have been worse if it was sunny.  We chased to stay out of the rain.  This is definitely one of the best stage races.  The course is clear, the routes are well marked and the atmosphere is great”.  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.

Not only did husband and wife duo Yzette and Petrus Oelofse of Team Boys and Bikes claim the top spot on the podium in the mixed team category they did so on their 8th wedding anniversary.  “We actually wanted to take part in the FNB W2W MTB Race, but entries were already full so we entered the Ride instead.  We don’t mind taking part on our anniversary, as it is something that we both enjoy and can do together.  The stage was challenging, but very nice with lots of single track and technical sections, a bit of something for everyone”.  Team Boys and Bikes completed the Stage One route in a deserving time of 04 hours 15 minutes 14 seconds.  Tamaryn Kietzmann and Nicholas Porteous of Team Specialized Duo came in second, while Jeanie de Villiers and Piet Van Rensburg of Team LGS Exports finished third.

Seen here (from front to back):  Marc Barry and Robin David of Team 2leftsocks in action during Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Ride that started at Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) and finished at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) today (Monday, 03 November 2014).  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Seen here (from front to back): Marc Barry and Robin David of Team 2leftsocks in action during Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Ride that started at Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) and finished at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) today (Monday, 03 November 2014). Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

In the women’s category Susanne Rathgeb and Nicole Kuttruff of Team Craft Rocky Mountain Girls took things in their stride, crossing the finish line first in 04 hours 39 minutes 46 seconds.  Caroline Schuermans and Janet Keet  of Team Masikhule came in second, whileBarbara Mulcahy  and Sally Petersen of Team Karoo Sister Power finished third.

According to Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director, stage one ran like a well-oiled machine.  “Tomorrow on Stage Two riders will get to experience the best bridges and structures built for the sport of mountain biking.

Look out for Witklippies, Raka, Swing, Ark, Mamba, Boomslang and Pofadder bridges.  Don’t worry about the height, as these structures are safe and equipped with safety nets on all sides.  Relax and keep calm.  Bend your arms and your legs.  Also enjoy the madly creative Peri Kromco Play Park”.

STAGE TWO:  Tuesday, 04 November 2014

Start:                  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish:               Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Start Time:      07:00

Distance:          67km

STAGE THREE:  Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Start:                   Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish:               Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)

Start Time:      07:00

Distance:          73km

Seen here:  Riders enjoying the Stage One Route at the 2014 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride on Monday, 03 November 2014.  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Seen here: Riders enjoying the Stage One Route at the 2014 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride on Monday, 03 November 2014. Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

The FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race will take place this coming weekend, 07 – 09 November 2014 and will follow the same route as theFNB W2W MTB Adventure and Ride.

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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

 

RESULTS:  Stage 1 / Monday, 03 November 2014

RESULTS:  FNB W2W MTB Ride
Stage 1 / Monday, 03 November 2014
Men
P_All P_Group Time Day1 Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2 Category Group
1 1 03:47:24 2AB Knersus Frikkie Hartog Gerard Dirks Veteran Men Men
2 2 03:47:26 517AB XTREME RIDERS Fanie Steenkamp Pierre Andre Knoetze Sub Vet Men Men
4 3 04:00:15 7AB The Fast Traks Harry Orr Ehlers Smit Open Men Men
5 4 04:00:46 23AB The Wash @ The River Club Adriaan Theron Bryan Nicholson Sub Vet Men Men
6 5 04:01:06 3AB Having Fun Graham Ransom James Thomas Sub Vet Men Men
7 6 04:03:05 531AB Craft Rocky Mountain Boys Tobias Zaehringer Christoph Zimmermann Sub Vet Men Men
8 7 04:03:17 528AB Greefa MED Automation Lourens Grobbelaar Kotie Terblanche Sub Vet Men Men
9 8 04:05:04 44AB FLM Comp Winner 2 Graeme Kuys Daryn Goldsbrough Open Men Men
10 9 04:06:59 516AB Namib Team KK Russell Paschke Clinton Hilfiker Veteran Men Men
11 10 04:10:10 61AB Geco Cycles Billy and Villi Franclo Henning Charl Cooper Veteran Men Men
12 11 04:12:44 9AB IQ GREEN SOLUTIONS Ryal De Waal Pieter Uys Veteran Men Men
13 12 04:14:54 525AB Team One Direction Chris Nel Kristof De Neys Veteran Men Men
15 13 04:15:40 11AB Kanteys 5 Jako Van Heerden Kevin Hohls Sub Vet Men Men
16 14 04:16:37 10AB NuPower Solar Floris Botha Samuel Pienaar Sub Vet Men Men
17 15 04:17:32 37AB Kanteys 1 Karl Daschner Erich Macjewski Sub Vet Men Men
18 16 04:19:07 309AB Biogen Mark De Swardt Donovan O’Reilly Veteran Men Men
19 17 04:19:13 51AB PharmaChoice Sean Stephenson Ben Mathewson Veteran Men Men
20 18 04:20:07 29AB 1st Time trekkers Clyde Hayward Andrew Gowans Veteran Men Men
Mixed
P_All P_Group Time Day1 Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2 Category Group
14 1 04:15:14 34AB Boys and bikes Petrus Oelofse Yzette Oelofse Mixed Team Mixed
27 2 04:24:54 25AB Specialized Duo Tamaryn Kietzmann Nicholas Porteous Mixed Team Mixed
36 3 04:30:22 80AB LGS Exports Piet Van Rensburg Jeanie de Villiers Mixed Team Mixed
59 4 04:38:50 154AB Team WAKA Kathy Milne Walter Diezel Mixed Team Mixed
63 5 04:39:54 114AB Vision Trust Colette Willemse Edrich Fivaz Mixed Team Mixed
77 6 04:46:36 559AB Hirst Squared Steven Hirst Penelope Hirst Mixed Team Mixed
81 7 04:47:48 18AB The Venter In Laws Larise Venter Jaco Venter Mixed Team Mixed
82 8 04:47:54 459AB DHL 2 Charl De Klerk Mia De Klerk Mixed Team Mixed
100 9 04:56:00 128AB Instant Flooring Tamzyn Van Nierop Simon Van Nierop Mixed Team Mixed
109 10 05:01:21 82AB Team D and G Gayle Momsen David Momsen Mixed Team Mixed
110 11 05:01:41 519AB Infocus Racing 2 Andre Schempers Franci Joubert Mixed Team Mixed
111 12 05:01:48 76AB Minglit James Little Laurin Mingay Mixed Team Mixed
127 13 05:07:46 524AB ballito crushers Clive Damant Sandy Damant Mixed Team Mixed
133 14 05:12:40 534AB Double trouble Nicette Millar Craig Ryan Smith Mixed Team Mixed
Women
P_All P_Group Time Day1 Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2 Category Group
62 1 04:39:46 527AB Craft Rocky Mountain Girls Susanne Rathgeb Nicole Kuttruff Sub Vet Women Women
123 2 05:05:02 6AB Masikhule Caroline Schuermans Janet Keet Sub Vet Women Women
139 3 05:18:24 53AB Karoo Sister Power Barbara Mulcahy Sally Petersen Veteran Woman Women