Wines2Whales entry dream come true for Greyton local

Nineteen year old Caleb Henderson will get to fulfil his dream on Monday, 02 November 2015 when he toes the line to partake in the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride that will start at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Monday, 02 November 2015.  Photo Credit:  Jetline Action Photo

Nineteen year old Caleb Henderson will get to fulfil his dream on Monday, 02 November 2015 when he toes the line to partake in the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride that will start at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Monday, 02 November 2015. Photo Credit: Jetline Action Photo

Cape Town ~ Nineteen year old Caleb Henderson had a dream come true when the organisers of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events granted him a complimentary entry into the FNB W2W MTB Ride.

The FNB W2W MTB Ride will start at the picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Monday, 02 November 2015. Riders will cross through (and over) 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads and mountain passes and nature conservation areas (including the Kogelberg Biosphere) before finishing within sight of the famous whales of Hermanus on Wednesday, 04 November 2015.

“We are truly grateful to FNB W2W for Caleb’s entry,” says Owen Henderson. “Caleb was diagnosed as being deaf at birth. At the age of two he was fitted with hearing aids and attended the Carel du Toit School for the hearing impaired, where he was taught to speak. When Caleb started school he was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis (calcification of parts of the brain) and Autism. Although unable to read, he progressed through school with the help of a facilitator and very supportive and dedicated teachers until he left school at the age of fifteen.”

“Despite his disabilities he has made a life for himself,” continues Henderson. “At present he is helping at Greyton House Village School. He enjoys sport and puts this to use by helping with school sport in the afternoons. Caleb has developed a love for cycling which enables him to participate in a sport where his disabilities do not hold him back. Corne Barnard of Rockhopper Adventures encouraged Caleb to fulfil his dream of completing W2W. Corne will be Caleb’s riding part.”

According to Caleb it’s the hard work, training and technique that attracts him to the sport of mountain biking. “I love that each route is different as this allows me to improve my skill. W2W is important to me because it will be my first big race. It will really challenge and test the hard work that I have put in thus far.  I am mostly looking forward to finishing with my partner, but am also really excited to see my finishing time after each stage. I plan on working hard. It is my responsibility to finish what I have started.”

“We are aware that the FNB W2W competitors come from all levels of ability. We welcome Caleb to fulfill his challenge and wish him the best of luck,” says Dezroy Poole, FNB W2W MTB Director.

EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events
A three day stage MTB race, participants can choose between the fun-filled FNB W2W MTB Adventure, a slightly more relaxed FNB W2W MTB Ride and the action-packed FNB W2W MTB Race.

  • 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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