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FNB Wines2Whales celebrates the opening of new MTB trails in Grabouw

Riders in action at the 2014 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events.  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Riders in action at the 2014 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events. Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Cape Town, South Africa – On Saturday, 13 June 2015 the organizers of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) MTB Events together with Cape Pine and Cape Trails, will open to the public the latest addition to the 2015 FNB W2W MTB route, the A-2-Z Trail in Grabouw.

“The A-2-Z Trail includes 26 sections of single track in the Grabouw Forest and Pine Plantations and is managed by Cape Pine,” says Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director.  “The A section starts near the exit of Gantouw Pass.  The Z section is the last section, before riders leave the Grabouw Forest, to cross over a stream via a PERI Bridge on the Eikenhof farm, on their way to the finish at Oak Valley Wine Estate.  Section A is the highest point and section Z the lowest point, therefore it is mostly downhill”.

“The circle route that will be opened to public will be 36km in length, however the route that W2W entrants will get to experience will be 23km in length,” continues Kriegler.  “Interesting features to look out for will include wooden bridges crossing over streams, berms, the Winch (steep uphill climb wooden structure over rocks), Rock-a-Roll (a long wooden structure over and between rocks that goes up a steep embankment) as well as stunning scenery”.

The A-2-Z trails will officially open on Saturday, 13 June 2015 just in time for a fun long weekend of mountain biking.  Riders can purchase a day permit at the Cape Pine gate, opposite the Grabouw Country Club.

Rated according to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) standards, the A-2-Z Trail is a Blue/More Difficult/Intermediate rated trail.

EVENT INFORMATION

FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events
Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders crossed 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!

  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Adventure: Friday, 30 October 2015 – Sunday, 01 November 2015 
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 02 November 2015 – Wednesday, 04 November 2015 
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 06 November 2015 – Sunday, 08 November 2015

Stage One

  • Start Venue:                   Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)
  • Finish Venue:                 Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
  • Distance:                          72km

Stage Two

  • Start Venue:                   Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
  • Finish Venue:                 Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
  • Distance:                          67km

Stage Three

  • Start Venue:                   Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
  • Finish Venue:                 Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)
  • Distance:                          74km

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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

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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