South Africa’s favorite cousin heads to Wines2Whales

South Africa’s favorite cousin heads to Wines2Whales

Celebrating his 34th year in the entertainment industry, South African comedian Barry Hilton will make his debut in the mountain biking arena in November when he performs for over 4000 riders taking part in the 8th annual FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Three-Day Mountain Bike (MTB) Stage Race.“This will be the first time that I perform for a group of mountain bikers,” says Hilton.  “Whether my audience is made up of cyclists, gymnasts, ballerinas, rugby players or chefs – they all have one thing in common though – everyone loves to laugh.   A three day mountain bike stage race would be a real challenge for me.  I definitely admire the determination of each and every rider.  Whether my performance will include MTB related material, the riders will just have to come and see.”

Fun factAs a youngster, Hilton struggled to remember people’s names.  He then started calling every one ‘my cousin’, a name that has stuck until this day.

Hilton’s performance will take place before prize giving after Stage Two of the FNB W2W MTB Adventure, Ride and Race.

EVENT DATES:  FNB Wines2Whales MTB Events (Adventure, Ride and Race)

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: Friday, 04 November 2016 – Sunday, 06 November 2016
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Ride: Monday, 07 November 2016 – Wednesday, 09 November 2016
  • FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race: Friday, 11 November 2016 – Sunday, 13 November 2016

Stage One:

Start Venue:  Lourensford Wine Estate

Finish Venue:  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)   

Distance & Climb:  68km / 1420m

Stage Two:

Start Venue:  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)   

Finish Venue:  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)   

Distance & Climb:   64km / 1400m 

Stage Three:

Start Venue:  Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw)   

Finish Venue:   Onrus Caravan Park

Distance & Climb:  69km /  1200m


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About FNB Wines2Whales:

FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth 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.


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