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MAGALIES TEAMS COMPLETE 3RD FNB WINES-2-WHALES MOUNTAIN BIKE STAGE RACE SUCCESSFULLY – By Herman du Preez

Two teams of Magalies were privileged to complete their third FNB Wines2Whales mountain bike stage races recently, that took place the first week of November 2016. Riders covered a spectacular, but tough and technical, 200km over these three days, from the beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset-West (Western Cape), to Hermanus on the coast. It is referred to by many mountain biking enthusiasts as one of South Africa’s most scenic, enjoyable and well-organised three day mountain bike stage races.

MAGALIES TEAMS COMPLETE 3RD FNB WINES 2 WHALES MOUNTAIN BIKE STAGE RACE SUCCESSFULLY By Herman du Preez

The race is divided into 3 groups, the Adventure, Ride and Race. This year each group consisted of more or less 700 teams of two riders each, which then totaled up to ±4200 riders. An average distance of 60-70km per day was covered, and a total elevation of 4020m was gained over these three days. Riders are treated to an endless single track paradise but with some challenging obstacles, bridges, river-crossings and a few other surprises that never offers a dull moment…! The riders are also spoiled after each stage with a great variety of fantastic meals from Food Lovers Market, optional sport massages and “chill” lounges.

Both teams performed well in the Adventure group that took place from 4 to 6 November. Magalies CEO Hans du Preez and son Herman completed the race in a total time of 15:03:31, while other two sons, Hannes and Wihan, completed it safely in a time of 17:40:04. Many thanks to Polyoak for their generous sponsorship. Well done gents, you made us proud once again!