Matt Beers and Wessel Botha (NAD) won the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz today after another drama-filled day of racing on a course that had to be rerouted overnight to avoid protests near Hermanus. The third and final stage ended in a sprint involving five teams with Under-23 cross country world champion Alan Hatherly of South Africa and his Danish teammate Simon Andreassen (Spur Specialized) getting across the line first. Belgians Frans Claes and renowned road rider…"Beers & Botha take W2W title"
For Under-23 cross country world champion Alan Hatherly the trail-laden Stage 2 of the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz was “suberb … the highlight of the year”. And as an extra bonus he and Danish partner Simon Andreassen (Team Spur Specialized) won the 66km stage in a thrilling sprint finish against overall leaders Matt Beers and Wessel Botha (NAD). Hatherly, legs pumping at full speed, crossed the line in Oak Valley first ahead of Beers, Andreassen and then…"Hatherly/Andreassen win “superb” stage"
A day of incident-filled racing ended with the South African duo of Matt Beers and Wessel Botha (Team NAD) overcoming two punctures to finish Stage 1 of the FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz with a healthy lead of nearly three minutes. Beers and his 19-year-old partner had to chase back and catch Under-23 cross country world champion Alan Hatherly of South Africa and his Danish teammate, former Junior World Champion Simon Andreassen (Spur Specialized), over the last…"Beers, Botha take Stage 1 on dramatic day of racing"
Dutchman Mitchel Steenman is 2m tall and weighs 97kg. His FNB Wines2Whales partner Matthijs Jasperse is no slip of a thing either at 90kg and 1,95m. Together they qualify for the FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage Whale category – for teams in which each rider weighs over 90kg. Cycling is, of course, a sport dominated by lighter people – the leading professionals tend to be on the diminutive side, which makes it all the easier to scale…"Having a whale of a time"
The weather gods frowned on the FNB Wines2Whales for nearly 16 hours and, after an unprecedented race village evacuation last night (Monday), riders today battled with driving rain and muddy conditions. All of which followed a fire fanned by the wind yesterday afternoon and which had been approaching the race village at Oak Valley. The flames were bought under control some distance from the tents and infrastructure, but there was much more drama to follow.…"Wines2Whales forced to evacuate"
It took them a 12-hour bus ride to get to the Western Cape but Lesotho’s Phetetso Monese and Malefetsane Lesofe made exceptionally quick work of today’s Stage 1 of the FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage. 22-year-old Lesofe and his 34-year-old mentor Monese – an Olympian mountain biker – finished the 69km stage in only 3hrs 30min in spite of breaking a chain and having to repair it alongside the trail. Their team name is The Sufferfest African Dream Team,…"Sufferfest cruise to big lead"
Candice Lill and Adelheid Morath overcame a minor drama to claim the overall victory in the FNB Wines2Whales Chardonnay race on Sunday. Ariane Lüthi and Barbara Benko shook off the disappointment of the opening two stages to win the final battle in Hermanus, but Lill and Morath won the war when they cruised across the line fourth on the final day. After opening a lead of over 16 minutes on the two opening days, only a mechanical disaster…"Lill, Morath win W2W III"
Candice Lill and Adelheid Morath ripped the field apart on the opening day of the FNB Wines2Whales Chardonnay event, on Friday. The South African/German Team Summit combination attacked from the gun, on the climb to Lourensford Neckn, and then steadily extended the gap to 11 minutes and 39 seconds by the finish line at Oak Valley Estate. The three-way tussle for second saw Mariske Strauss and Jennie Stenerhag (Silverback CBC) pip their rivals in the…"Lill, Morath dominate Day 1"
The elite men’s field at the 2018 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz event is worthy of the celebratory atmosphere for the race’s tenth anniversary. Lining up alongside some of the top South African mountain bikers are a sprinkling of international riders – all racing for their share of the R175 000 prize purse. With R100 000 up for grabs for the winning team, the battle at the rebranded Shiraz event, which takes place from November 2-4 is…"Wines2Whales attracts top field"
Candice Lill might be a self-proclaimed red-wine lover but that has never stopped her from enjoying a good glass of Chardonnay. In fact, her perceptions could very well change as the 2018 FNB Wines2Whales Chardonnay race rolls out a dedicated women-only start batch for the first time in the event’s history. Lill, who finished second in last year’s Wines2Whales with dormakaba teammate Vera Adrian, praised the organisers for taking progressive and positive steps for women’s…"Wines2Whales honours women"