FNB Wines2Whales MTB Race Prize Purse Announced
The organizers of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events are excited to announce that the prize purse for the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Race has increased to an impressive R407 500.00.
“We are proud to increase the prize purse of the 2016 FNB W2W MTB Race. The increase is sure to elevate the caliber of racing by attracting professional riders both locally and from abroad. To add to the excitement, the overall men’s and women’s prize has been increased from R65 000.00 to R100 000.00, while prize money has also been allocated to age group riders,” says Michael Meyer, FNB W2W MTB Director.
The increase in prize money and the growth of the prize purse will see it as the highest prize purse that the FNB W2W MTB Race has offered to date. Each year, the event proves to get bigger and better and exceeds rider expectations. This year should prove to be no different as the race looks forward to welcoming runners to the start at Lourensford Wine Estate.
According to Swiss mountain bike legend, Christoph Sauser, prize money is crucial in supporting the career of a professional mountain biker. “It is great to see that the FNB W2W MTB Events are honoring the professionals. I am certain that they won’t be disappointed in getting awesome racing in return. I love the FNB W2W MTB format, it’s simply a perfect and well-rounded race.”
The FNB Wines 2Whales MTB Challenge consists of three days of riding and boasts a major challenge to all taking part. The race is challenging, but not too challenging and features super nice trails. It is perfectly organized and supports various charities and at the same time has a great atmosphere.
“Last year the FNB W2W MTB Event Organizers increased the prize purse for the women’s teams. This was an incredible move to provide equity within the sport. This year, they continue to make waves by increasing the prize purse for professional racing teams. As a professional athlete, a healthy prize purse is something that we always appreciate and are extremely grateful for. We work to be in top form for events and it is rewarding when our efforts get noticed by race organizers,” says current National Marathon Champion Robyn De Groot.
The prize purse breakdown can be viewed by clicking here. Although the prize money only applies to the FNB W2W MTB Race, riders taking part in the FNB W2W MTB Adventure and Ride can look forward to winning awesome lucky draw prizes compliments of our sponsors.