Introducing the FNB W2W Champions Chase


To stoke the Serious GEES for mountain biking in the absence of the 2020 events, the FNB Wines2Whales are launching an exciting Zwift and Strava challenge. Dubbed the FNB Wines2Whales Champions Chase, it allows riders to compete against the world’s best mountain bikers in a pro-am pursuit style Zwift event, and against local legends on many of South Africa’s favourite trails via Strava. Plus, with prizes from the event and its partners up for grabs, there’s every reason to ride this summer.

The virtual leg of the FNB Wines2Whales Champions Chase is a pursuit challenge on Zwift. Amateur riders will be able to race against legends of the sport, including Manuel Fumic, Maxime Marotte, Barbara Benko, Samara Sheppard, Calle Friberg and a growing selection of South African elite mountain bikers. Amateur riders will be given a head-start and will give it their all to hold off the hard-charging professionals on the Road to Ruins course on Zwift.

Taking place on Sunday the 1st of November, the Zwift leg of the FNB W2W Champions Chase will be broadcast live on the FNB Wines2Whales Facebook page and YouTube channel. South African downhiller Andrew Neethling and Shaun Peters will be commentating on the racing from 09:00. The amateurs set-off at 09:10 while the professionals will start a few minutes later. Entry is free and riders can sign up, on Zwift.

While bragging rights are undoubtedly at stake, there are spot prizes on offer too. Simply by taking part riders will be in line to win and prizes include entries to the 2021 FNB Wines2Whales Switchback events, FNB W2W merchandise vouchers, Cape Brewing Co. caps and beers, Ciovita cycling kits, Land Rover driving experiences, Falke sock hampers. Oakley sunglasses, Squirt bike care hampers, wine from the area’s finest farms, accommodation at Trail’s End, as well as a Thule Round Trip Duffel bag and Thule Vital Hydration Pack.

For riders who prefer to hit the trails, the FNB W2W Strava Champions Chase provides another reason to ride and will happen from 30 October to 8 November. There are KOM and QOM prizes, as well as spot prizes up for grabs, for the riders who take to the trails. Currently there are 9 Strava segments created across South Africa, all of which cater to the trail-loving nature of FNB W2W’s riders.

To take part in the action, riders will need to join the FNB Wines2Whales Strava club and download the GPX files for their closest trails or find the various routes saved as group rides in the FNB W2W Strava Cub, and then head off for some outdoor action. Each of the routes is between 20 and 25 kilometres long, thus requiring a combination of both fitness and skill to conquer in a blisteringly fast time. All riders who complete any of the segments are in the running to win and random winners will be selected from the Strava Leaderboards.

In keeping with the spirit of Serious GEES, the professional riders taking part in the Zwift Chase have agreed that their prize money will be donated to the FNB Wines2Whales beneficiaries. Initiatives like the Botriver Educational Foundation and the De Rust Futura School, as well as Cape Trails, rely upon funds raised through the events to continue their charitable work in the area the race passes through. Simply by taking part riders can ensure that these organisations remain front of mind and continue to benefit from the FNB Wines2Whales.

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