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The gauntlet has been thrown at the FNB W2W MTB race

Seen here (front to back):  Renay Groustra and Nico Pfitzenmaier in action at the 2013 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race.  Photo Credit:  Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

Seen here (front to back): Renay Groustra and Nico Pfitzenmaier in action at the 2013 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race. Photo Credit: Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

With so many top teams taking on the 2014 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race it is practically impossible to decide on a favorite.  The last of the three events to take place in November, the FNB W2W MTB Race will start at Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Friday, 07 November 2014 and will finish at Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus) on Sunday, 09 November 2014.

Nico Pfitzenmaier and Renay Groustra claimed victory at the 2013 FNB W2W MTB Race in an impressive combined time of 08 hours 53 minutes 18 seconds.  “Renay and I would like to defend our title, while having fun on the trails,” says Pfitzenmaier.  “Winning the largest MTB stage race in the Western Cape was amazing.  The FNB W2W is my end of the season race.  So it’s a big highlight before I take a long rest.  The prime goal is always to have fun and everything on top of this is a bonus. Of course winning it again amongst such a strong field would be awesome.  Renay and I know each other and we know how to race smart. Our strength is definitely our technical skills.  I can’t wait to hit the awesome Grabouw trails again”.

Another hot favorite this year is UCI MTB team, Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker, who will make their FNB W2W MTB debut in November.  “I heard about the event two years ago,” says Croeser.  “It’s been on my ‘to do’ list ever since.  I’ve heard that the riding conditions are out of this world. I’m looking forward to riding the Cape Trails that I have not yet had the privilege of riding.  Travis and I are a well balanced team.  We have a lot of experience riding together.  Our goal is to be on the top step”.

Other top contenders to look out for at the 2014 FNB W2W MTB Race will include:  Christoph Sauser & Konny Looser, Kevin Evans & James Reid, Hanco Kachelhoffer & Chris Wolhuter, Dominic Calitz & Heiko Redecker, Robyn De Groot & Catherine Williamson, Jennie Stenerhag & Candice Neethling, Hanlie Booyens & Sharon Laws, Johan Labuschagne & Yolande De Villiers to name just a few. 

EVENT INFORMATION:  FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events

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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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 visitwww.wines2whales.co.za