It was all smiles on Saturday, 28 October 2017 as riders toed the line at Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw) to take on Stage Two aka “Play Day” of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Adventure.
The only stage to start and finish at the same venue, Stage Two pitted ridders against a fun 71km route that featured a 1350m ascent. Iconic sections on route included: single tracks and bridges with names such as Waterfall, Vissie’s Magic, JK’s Edge, Sounds of Silence, Rietvlei, Witklippies 1 & 2, Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra, Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels, River Run and the much loved PERI-KROMCO Playpark to mention just a few.
Waldo Zevenster and Carl Toua of Team Dream Real Digital claimed their first stage victory in a time of 03 hours 16 minutes 01 second. “Today’s stage suited us, except for the single tracks. Fritz Pienaar and Francois Theron (Team Sukkel Sukkel) are just too fast on the single track,” says Zevenster. “We pushed on the climbs though. The route was fun and the single track was nice to ride. Carl’s a champion. He carved the lines and I just followed. We’re here to have a jol, but it’s always fun to race. We’ll try to make up time on Stage Three.” Fritz Pienaar and Francois Theron of Team Sukkel Sukkel came in second, while Vernon Visser and Tim Ellerbeck of Team Stoney’s finished third.
Team Rotsvas’ Anton and Adrienne Moolman claimed their second stage victory for the weekend crossing the finish line in 03 hours 29 minutes 50 seconds. “There was no wind today. The trails were smooth and flowing. It was a fun day,” says Adrienne. “Well done to the route builders. You can see that a lot of effort has gone into these routes. The word “exhilarating” sums this stage up best.” Theresa Ralph and Hamish Knowles of Team Galileo Risk came in second, while Jane Seggie and David Stonestreet of Team Rule No 5 B finished third.
Janine Muller and Mari du Toit of Team Oakley Group Girls beat mother and daughter duo Lolita Van Aardt and Simone Rhoda Van Aardt to the finish line in 03 hours 55 minutes 24 seconds. “There was a nice tussle between us and the second team,” says Muller. “We gave our all and had a great day out. W2W was our first stage race about four years ago. It’s nice to be back to experience these trails.” Lolita Van Aardt and Simone Rhoda Van Aardt of Team Like Mother Like Daughter came in second, while Erica Green and Reinette Geldenhuis of Team Wines2Whales finished third.
EVENT INFORMATION: FNB Wines2Whales MTB Adventure
Stage Three: Sunday, 29 October 2017
Start Venue: Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)
Finish Venue: Onrus Caravan Park
Start Time: 07:00