The De Rust Futura School in Grabouw (Western Cape) recently received a welcomed donation of 22 mountain bikes complements of the organizers of the much loved FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events and the Pedal Power Association (PPA).

“We are truly grateful to the organizers of the FNB W2W MTB Events and PPA for the stunning donation,” says Wandred Theunis, Principal of De Rust Futura School.  “The learners that will receive a mountain bike were chosen based on academic achievements and sporting interests.  We hope that this will serve as an incentive for all our learners.  Regular inspection of the mountain bikes will be conducted.  If at any point we feel that a bicycle is not being looked after, it will be confiscated and handed to a learner that deserves it.  I started mountain biking two years ago and am looking forward to joining our learners on rides.”

 “We are thrilled that more young cyclists are being introduced to the joys of cycling through this initiative,” says PPA chairman Steve Hayward. “The Pedal Power Association regularly partners with organisations and entities in support of cycling-related projects like this one. We trust that these bicycles will be put to great use, not only on the mountain bike trails that PPA recently sponsored on the Paul Cluver Estate and in the neighbourhood, but even on the BMX track that PPA sponsored a year or two ago on the Thandi Estate. We also certainly hope to see them at some PPA funrides in the near future.”

According to FNB W2W MTB Events Director, Johan Kriegler, the event is about cycling.  “We would like to assist schools in enabling wider sporting choices and are happy to be in a position where we are able to donate mountain bikes to the De Rust Futura School.  Our aim from the start has been to support the communities that are situated along the FNB W2W MTB routes.  Our long term goal is to promote interschool competitions where sections of the FNB W2W MTB routes will be utilized,” says Kriegler.


Starting in the Winelands of Somerset West, riders will cross through (and over) 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads and mountain passes, nature conservation areas (including the Kogelberg Biosphere) before finishing within sight of the famous whales of Hermanus!

  • FNB WINES2WHALES MTB ADVENTURE:  31 October 2014 until 02 November 2014   
  • FNB WINES2WHALES MTB RIDE:  03 November 2014 until 05 November 2014 
  • FNB WINES2WHALES MTB RACE:  07 November 2014 until 09 November until 2014 


Distance: 76km
Start: Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West)
Finish: Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin)



Distance: 68km
Start: Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin)
Finish: Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin)



Distance: 77km
Start: Oak Valley Sport Field (Elgin)
Finish: Onrus Caravan Park (just outside Hermanus)


Follow the race on Twitter:  @w2wmtb

Like the Facebook page:  Wines2Whales


About FNB Wines2Whales:

FNB Business and FNB Private Clients 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.

Contact Information:

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For more information on the FNB Wines2Whales MTB events contact 083 760 3158, e-mail, or or visit

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