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Cape Trails, The Trail Wizards

The organisers of the FNB Wines2Whales take pride in the fact that every year the route includes more, and new singletrack. These additional kilometres of trail are built by the Cape Trails team. Ashwell Swartz, Brendon Booysen, Denzel Scheepers and Keenan Cupido are the men behind the brush cutters, spades and rakes which create many […]

Fairtree Imperial Cannondale Win for Education at FNB Wines2Whales

The Fairtree Imperial Cannondale 1 pairing of Luyanda Thobigunya and Lorenzo Leroux repeated their 2019 FNB Wines2Whales success when they completed a commanding Exxaro jersey victory in Lourensford; on Sunday, 14 November. In so doing the pair each won either a Grade 0 to 12 bursary from Curro Holdings or the higher education qualification of […]

PYGA Euro Steel Wrap Up FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz Title in Style

Philip Buys and Gert Heyns raced to a perfect three from three at the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz on Sunday, 14 November. The PYGA Euro Steel team won all three stages, with {type}DEV Nanotime placing second every day and Imbuko Giant third. Despite all three stages of the 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz event featuring the same […]

Team Driepoot: Amputees Conquering FNB Wines2Whales

Between them Reuben van Niekerk and Dane Wilson have seven FNB Wines2Whales finishes. Yet for the amputees each edition has its own challenges. The more-ridable Switchback route is making the race far more enjoyable. Reuben van Niekerk is no stranger to mountain biking fans. While his partner Dane Wilson represented South Africa at the 2016 […]

Play Day Reinvented by the FNB Wines2Whales Switchback

Stage 2 of FNB Wines2Whales had long been known as Play Day. But with the route being reimagined for the Switchback the route team had the opportunity to reinvent Play Day. At 66 kilometres long, with 1 500 metres of climbing, Play Day is no walk in the park. It requires some hard riding too, as […]

PYGA Euro Steel Make it Two-from-Two at FNB Wines2Whales

Play Day on the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz race lived up to the pre-event hype, with spectacular trails and fast paced racing. Yet, also, as predicted, it was difficult for PYGA Euro Steel or {type}DEV Nanotime to make a stage winning move. Thus, the day culminated in a sprint, which Philip Buys and Gert Heyns won. […]

Bokke on Bikes at FNB Wines2Whales

John Smit and Schalk Burger are taking on the 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz event in a reunion which brings two of South Africa’s most celebrated Springboks back together. The event is also Burger’s first MTB stage race. “It reminded me of Test matches, where I used to rely heavily on Schalk to get us out […]

PYGA Euro Steel Blitz FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz Stage 1

Philip Buys made a big step toward reclaiming his crown as the king of South African stage racing when he and Gert Heyns blitzed the elite men’s field on the opening day of the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz event. The PYGA Euro Steel combination put a minute and 20 seconds into the defending champions, {type}DEV Nanotime […]

Bold and Full Bodied the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz Field is set to Excite

When the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz event gets underway from the Curro School in Hermanus on Friday, 12 November, South Africa’s male stage race specialists will all be in attendance. The battle for the R100 000 first place prize is sure to be fierce, but it is by no means the only point of interest in the […]

Kleinhans and Cronje Underplay Pinotage Victory

Not since 2015 has Erik Kleinhans won an FNB Wines2Whales title. Though the former professional mountain biker and the retired elite track athlete, Johan Cronje, do not count their FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage success as a race win however. The Mood Coffee Baristas’ Erik Kleinhans and Johan Cronje rode to victory in the mid-week FNB Wines2Whales […]