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.
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
STAGE THREE: Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Start: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
Finish: Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)
Start Time: 07:00
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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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.
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RESULTS: Stage 1 / Monday, 03 November 2014
|RESULTS: FNB W2W MTB Ride|
|Stage 1 / Monday, 03 November 2014|
|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|
|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|
|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|