FNB Wines2Whales welcomed tread buffalo category

Riders in action during the 2013 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events.  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Riders in action during the 2013 FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events. Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

The organizers of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events are pleased to welcome the TREAD Buffalo Category as an official weight division of the 2014 events.

In order to qualify for the TREAD Buffalo Category teams need to boast a minimum combined weight of at least 180kg (excluding bicycles and equipment).

“We are excited about the TREAD Buffalo association with the FNB W2W MTB Events,” says Sean Badenhorst, Editor Tread Magazine.  “After having secured an association with so many other premium South African mountain bike events, we felt the one really missing has been the FNB W2W”.

“The TREAD Buffalo category definitely adds depth to the event,” continues Badenhorst. “Riders that would normally just pedal to the finish now have a reason to pedal harder for a position or even a spot on the podium.  Certificates will be handed to the final top three teams at each of the three events, while prizes will be couriered the week afterwards.  Our media channels (magazine and website) will once again give the event the exposure it deserves (has earned)”.

Last year, Badenhorst took part in the FNB W2W MTB Adventure for the first time and was suitably impressed:

“Although completely unfit at the time, I loved how true the route is to mountain biking – each day is challenging, but rewarding and requires a good blend of fitness and skill (not just fitness). I decided I wanted to return in a well-conditioned state which is what I will do this year when I take part in the FNB W2W MTB Race”.

There will be a separate TREAD Buffalo Category for each of the three FNB Wines2Whales MTB events – Adventure, Ride and Race as well as a combined results ranking for all three events afterwards. Pre-registration as a TREAD Buffalo can be done on the official website http://www.treadbuffalo.co.za/

Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders cross 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:  31 October 2014 until 02 November 2014   
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride:  03 November 2014 until 05 November 2014 
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race:  07 November 2014 until 09 November until 2014

Stage One

Start:                  Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)

Finish:                Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Stage Two

Start:                  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish:                Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Stage Three

Start:                  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish:                Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)

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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.


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For more information on HOPE Cape Town visit www.hopecapetown.com  For more information on the FNB Wines2Whales MTB events contact 083 760 3158, e-mail race@wines2whales.co.zaadventure@wines2whales.co.zaor ride@wines2whales.co.za or visit www.wines2whales.co.za