Affectionately known as “Play Day”, Stage Two of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Ride started and finished at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) on Tuesday, 08 November 2016.
Consisting of a fun-filled 64km route (with 1400m ascent), Stage Two treated mountain bikers to some of W2W’s most iconic sections including: the Paul Cluver Amphi Bike Park with well-known MTB features such as Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra (switch-backs), Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels, Pine Singles (now with dual and cross-overs) and the Berms. The day’s action was closed off with the upgraded triple storeyed KROMCO-PERI Bike Park, which stands an impressive 6 – 8m above ground.
Riding for charity, Team Reeds Miles4Smiles’ Shaun Peters and Johan Louw are supporting Operation Smile South Africa. “Seeing my two children smile is priceless,” says Peters. “Being able to give back through the sport is an amazing opportunity for us. The FNB W2W is special because of the riders, the views and the vibe. Every time I struggled on route, Johan would remind me why we are taking part. Our team strength is our determination toward our cause.”
Team Companero’s Jana Kruger and Ilse Viljoen crossed the finish line first in the women’s race in a time of 03 hours 44 minutes 24 seconds. Team Sterri Stumpi & Beer’s Meike Aschenbroich and Inky Talbot came in second, while Team Vergelegen’s Alta Kriegler and Sunette Beyers finished third.
Team Haaskat’s Russell Lund and Anneke Hanekom also secured their second stage victory on the day (in the mixed team category) with a deserving finishing time of 03 hours 23 minutes 29 seconds. “The KROMCO-PERI Bike Park was lots of fun,” says Hanekom. “It was nice and cool, just beautiful. My goal for Stage Three is not to be in as much pain as today.” Team Citricom 2’s Jeanie De Villiers and Piet Laubscher came in second, while Team Bike Hub’s Nicholas Webb and Kylie Hanekom finished third.
The action of the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Ride will culminate on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 at the Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus).
Start Time: 07:00
Start Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
Distance & Climb: 69km / 1200m
Family and friends are invited to show support on route. CLICK HERE to download the Event’s Spectator Guide.
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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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