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Sauser and Looser claim stage one victory at FNB Wines2Whales

Seen here:  Riders in action during Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race on Friday, 07 November 2014.  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Seen here: Riders in action during Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race on Friday, 07 November 2014. Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

The best of the best gathered at Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Friday, 07 November 2014 to take on the much anticipated FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race.  Stage One saw riders having to complete a 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).

Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser of Team Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler took no prisoners, crossing the finish line first in an awe-inspiring time of 03 hours 09 minutes 34 seconds, just over 7 minutes ahead of their closest rivals.  According to Sauser, it’s great to claim his first Wines2Whales stage win.  “Today was very good and we are very happy to have won by a big margin.  I’ve been in Italy on holiday for a month and have done very little training.  Luckily I like to stay fit for fun.  I’ve been looking forward to riding with Konny and am very happy to have won the stage for songo.info.  Now we will work hard to defend it.  This is definitely one of my favorite events”.  Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker of Team Kargo Pro Team came in second, while Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrink of Team EAI Cycling finished third.

Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser of Team Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler claimed the Stage One victory at the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race on Friday, 07 November 2014 crossing the finish line first in an awe-inspiring time of 03 hours 09 minutes 34 seconds.  Seen here (front to back):  Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser in action on the day.  Photo Credit:  Volume Photography

Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser of Team Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler claimed the Stage One victory at the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race on Friday, 07 November 2014 crossing the finish line first in an awe-inspiring time of 03 hours 09 minutes 34 seconds. Seen here (front to back): Christoph Sauser and Konny Looser in action on the day. Photo Credit: Volume Photography

The mixed team race was dominated by Ashleigh Moolman and Darren Lill of Team Cannondale Blend powered by RED-E, who crossed the finish line in 03 hours 46 minutes 55 seconds.   “It was awesome out there,” said Moolman.  “The hardest part for me was the portage section.  My fitness was definitely lacking.  Darren is a great partner and I am really enjoying the race so far”.  Fienie and Kobus Barnard of Team Kromco1 came in second, while Mariske Strauss and Hannes Hanekom of Team Giant/Orange Monkey finished third.

Jennie Stenerhag and Candice Neethling of Team Team Cape Brewing Company/Time Freight Velolife claimed victory in the women’s race in a well-deserved time of 03 hours 48 minutes 03 seconds.  “The stage was beautiful,” said Neethling.  “It was really tough, but beautiful.  The portage section was really hard, while the trails were really enjoyable.  Our strengths are nicely matched.  All in all it was a beautiful day”.  Robyn De Groot and Catherine Williamson of Team Biogen Toyota Asrin Cycling came in second, while Theresa Ralph and Jeannie Dreyer of Team Tribe Suunto USN finished third.

Ashleigh Moolman and Darren Lill of Team Cannondale Blend powered by RED-E dominated the mixed team category at Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race on Friday, 07 November 2014 crossing the finish line first in an awe-inspiring time of 03 hours 46 minutes 55 seconds.  Seen here:  Ashleigh Moolman in action on the day.  Photo Credit:  Volume Photography

Ashleigh Moolman and Darren Lill of Team Cannondale Blend powered by RED-E dominated the mixed team category at Stage One of the FNB Wines2Whales Mountain Bike Race on Friday, 07 November 2014 crossing the finish line first in an awe-inspiring time of 03 hours 46 minutes 55 seconds. Seen here: Ashleigh Moolman in action on the day. Photo Credit: Volume Photography

“Stage Two will be a Play Day for riders,” said Johan Kriegler, FNB W2W MTB Director.  “They will get to experience the best bridges and structures built for the sport of mountain biking.  Spectacular bridges to look out for will include Witklippies, Raka, Swing, Ark, Mamba, Boomslang and Pofadder.  I don’t need to tell these riders to keep off of the breaks.  They know how to enjoy these sections to the utmost.  They will also get their first taste of the Peri Kromco Play Park”.

STAGE TWO:  Saturday, 08 November 2014   

Start:                  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish:               Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Start Time:      07:00

Distance:          67km

STAGE THREE:  Sunday, 09 November 2014

Start:                  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)

Finish:               Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)

Start Time:      07:00

Distance:          73km

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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.zaadventure@wines2whales.co.za or ride@wines2whales.co.za or visit www.wines2whales.co.za

RESULTS:

RESULTS:  FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race
Friday, 07 November 2014
Men
P_Group Time Day1 Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2 Category Group
1 03:09:34 480AB Meerendal-SONGO-Specialized/Wheeler Konny Looser Christoph Sauser Open Men Men
2 03:16:09 3AB Kargo Pro Team Rourke Croeser Walker Travis Open Men Men
3 03:17:51 426AB Team EAI Cycling Johann Rabie Gawie Combrinck Open Men Men
4 03:22:55 1AB Team RSA Web/Dorma Nico Pfitzenmaier Renay Groustra Open Men Men
5 03:23:01 45AB Altech Autopage Pro Cycling Hanco – Kachelhoffer Chris Wolhuter Open Men Men
6 03:23:02 6AB Paarl Media Elite Dominic Calitz Heiko Redecker Open Men Men
7 03:28:46 12AB THULE Tyronne White Andrew Hill Sub Vet Men Men
8 03:28:47 486AB Beanstalk Online Investments Mark Moir Neil Bradford Vetaran Men Men
9 03:29:57 7AB Team PSG Contego Jurgens Uys Louis Bresler Knipe Open Men Men
10 03:30:12 18AB RMB CHANGE A LIFE 1 Mboneni Ngcobo Sthembiso Masango Open Men Men
11 03:33:02 44AB EAI South Africa 2 Ben Melt Swanepoel Edward Best Open Men Men
12 03:33:56 482AB Songo.info 4 Erik Kleinhans Siphosenkosi Madolo Open Men Men
13 03:33:58 15AB DHL SubVets Franco Ferreira Mike Hewan Sub Vet Men Men
14 03:34:20 499AB Team Blend Property Group Charles Keey Martin Epstein Open Men Men
15 03:40:57 40AB Trek Robert Daniel Robert Sim Doug Brown Vetaran Men Men
16 03:41:35 23AB Kagiso Performance Racing Gavin Wood Pedro Machado Sub Vet Men Men
17 03:42:04 24AB Reeds Opel Isuzu John Wakefield Gavin Rossouw Sub Vet Men Men
18 03:42:27 493AB Definitive Bikes Adrian Enthoven Andrew McLean Vetaran Men Men
19 03:42:44 43AB Aerocare  Proper Consulting Charlie Louw Christo Roos Open Men Men
20 03:44:42 487AB Digital Life Tech David Cooke Steven Pettitt Sub Vet Men Men
Mixed
P_Group Time Day1 Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2 Category Group
1 03:46:55 2AB Cannondale Blend powered by RED-E Darren Lill Ashleigh Moolman Mixed Team Mixed
2 03:55:28 37AB kromco1 Fienie Barnard Kobus Barnard Mixed Team Mixed
3 03:56:15 31AB Giant/Orange Monkey Hannes Hanekom Mariske Strauss Mixed Team Mixed
4 03:58:09 501AB ChallengeYourself Ariane Kleinhans Albe Geldenhuys Mixed Team Mixed
5 04:07:39 429AB Haaskat Anneke Hanekom Russell Lund Mixed Team Mixed
6 04:12:21 13AB Bro & Sis Brent Russell Tandi Kitching Mixed Team Mixed
7 04:16:14 517AB Asrin Cycling 1 Nizaam Esa Vanessa Bell Mixed Team Mixed
8 04:16:44 34AB VA Food Market ASG Mixed Aaron van Schaik Carmen Buchacher Mixed Team Mixed
Women
P_Group Time Day1 Team# TeamName Rider1 Rider2 Category Group
1 03:48:03 500AB Team Cape Brewing Company / Time freight Velolife Jennie Stenerhag Candice Neethling Open Women Women
2 03:49:41 5AB Biogen Toyota / Asrin Cycling Robyn De Groot Catherine Williamson Sub Vet Women Women
3 03:57:55 11AB Tribe Suunto USN Theresa Ralph Jeannie Dreyer Sub Vet Women Women
4 04:08:03 9AB Africa Silks Garmin Anriette Schoeman Yolandi Du Toit Open Women Women
5 04:12:59 36AB VeloLife Ashleigh Moffatt Carla Van Huyssteen Open Women Women