KAP sani2c Diary Note
02 May 2017
Written by : Nick Tatham
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Himeville – The 2017 Old Mutual joBerg2c concluded last week with
PYGA Euro Steel’s Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes taking top
honours in an exciting nine days of racing over a route which
included next week’s KAP sani2c course.
The final three days of the joBerg2c includes the entire
three-day sani2c route, which gives elite riders that do both a
good opportunity to check out the route before they hit the
trails again just 12 days later. And this year, with some major
changes to the sani2c’s decisive 'Iconic Climb' out the Umkomaas
Valley on Day 2, taking part in the longer event could give
riders a critical advantage.
“We had some time on our hands going into the final three days of
joBerg2c so we used that as a good opportunity to map out our
attack on the route,” PYGA Euro Steel’s Philip Buys mentioned.
“I think it has been about six years since I last did a sani2c,
so it was nice to be able to see the route again in racing
The PYGA Euro Steel duo of Buys and Beukes were in stellar form
at the Absa Cape Epic where they rode away with the African
Jersey for the fastest all-African team, and they have continued
their form into the early winter racing season.
Despite their good form, one can never write off the NAD Pro MTB
Team of Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, who pushed the winning duo
all the way to the coast over the joBerg2c. Recuperation from the
nine-day slog to the East Coast before the shorter, faster
three-day sani2c showdown is going to be the key for the teams
that took part.
“We feel that we have improved and are continuing to improve,
which a good thing. We have avoided sickness which has meant that
we have been able to train at our optimum,” said Buys.
“I thought that I would be a lot more broken after joBerg2c but
we are both feeling quite strong and the race (joBerg2c) is quite
smooth so it doesn’t break you down as much as others.”
Looking too closely into the form of other teams at the joBerg2c
could prove to be detrimental, as Buys knows the more competitive
nature of the sani2c means that the field will be stronger.
“There are going to be quite a few teams that are going to come
into the sani2c a lot fresher after giving joBerg2c a miss.
“But with that said, we have come through the nine days well and
feel good, so I think that form and racing experience will be
beneficial for us going into the race.
“We are going into next week with a lot of confidence but we know
that the competition is going to be fierce, so it’s important for
us to train well and be as prepared as possible,” Buys stressed.
This year is the 13th edition of the KAP sani2c, the world’s
largest mountain bike stage race, which takes place from
Himeville to Scottburgh during the second week of May. There are
three races which form the event. On May 9, the Trail riders set
off from Himeville for MacKenzie Farm near Ixopo.
Then on the next day, while they are heading for Jolivet Farm in
Highflats, the Adventure riders take on stage one. As the Trail
riders dash to Scottburgh on May 11, the serious Race riders set
off on their three-day journey from Himeville.
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The Team PYGA Eurosteel duo of
Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys continued their good form at the Old Mutual
joBerg2c where they took the overall race honours standing them in good
stead for the 2017 KAP sani2c next week.
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