KAP sani2c Media Release
05 May 2017
Written by : Tim Whitfield
Jessop and Hills looking for KAP sani2c upset
Himeville – On Thursday the experienced stage-racing journeyman,
Andrew Hill, will be looking to curb and tap into Julian Jessop’s
youthful enthusiasm when they team up for the 2017 KAP Sani2C
from Himeville to Scottburgh.
The classic experience and youth combination will face a huge
task to upset the trio of pre-race favourites – the PYGA
EuroSteel combination of Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes, the NAD
Pro MTB Team of Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, and Team BCX’s
Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger.
However, the all-KZN duO, riding under the TIB Insurance colours,
will be looking to harness and pool their respective strengths
together to combine into a team that can challenge the big guns
when they set off on their three-day journey on Thursday.
“We recently raced together in the two-day Marriott Freedom Race
from Inanda Dam to Durban and we were a good combination and
managed to win that,” said Hill this week.
“(Jessop) is a youngster and very quick, so I will have to hang
on to him at times. He is suited to the technical stuff and
should be good for about three and a half hours of hard racing.
“It is his first sani and has not done much stage racing. I have
done about seven sanis so hopefully I can impart some of my
experience to him and he can pull me along on when we need it,”
added the Upper Highway resident with a laugh.
“We can aim for a top five realistically I think, and if one or
two of the other teams have a bad day then we could hope for a
place on the podium.”
The Durban-based rider said he had seen the KAP sani2c has come a
full circle and transformed itself.
“It is a race that has evolved since Farmer Glen (Haw) and Nick (Floros)
first started it about 13 years ago, and it seems to me it has
gone a full circle.
“I think Glen got irritated that it seemed to be taken over by
the corporate culture and he has moved it back to a race that
suits the mountain bikers.
“For a while it went toward a type of race that suited the road
riders, and now it has turned through a full circle and mountain
bikers like myself can be more competitive on the trails once
again, rather than fighting for position on the district roads.
“It is a race that will always hold a special place for KZN
riders. Actually it is more than that: it will always be special
for all South African riders.”
For Hill, the new climb out of the Umkomaas Valley on Day 2 of
the race is an example of Haw returning the race to its mountain
“The new section after the Umkomaas River is completely new to
us. I have tried to get some information out of those guys who
rode the joBerg2c (which includes the entire sani2c route).
“From what I can tell that climb will be very similar to the old
climb before they moved it a few years ago. It seems to be fairly
steep and a lot of Jeep track riding.
“Day 2 is always a key day and I think the climb will be make or
break for the racers.
“Day 1 is always very fast and normally has a close finish. Day 2
always has bigger gaps and then Day 3 it is so fast there are
normally a lot of guys together at the end.
“The new climb will make for bigger gaps. The pace on Day 2 is
always very fast from the start and a scramble to get into the
descent first, but then settles down a bit. After the water point
just before the climb, the pace picks up again.
“The guys who have good climbing legs will make up time there,
but anybody who goes too hard on the climb may pay the price and
not have the legs on the rolling roads towards the finish. They
could lose a lot of time they gained by climbing too quickly.
“You get a couple of strong riders who are feeling good and they
get together on that section before the last water point and you
can make up a lot of time.”
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.
There are three races which form the event. On Tuesday, the Trail
riders set off from Himeville for MacKenzie Farm near Ixopo. Then
on the Wednesday, while the Trail competitors are heading for
Jolivet Farm in Highflats, the Adventure riders take on Stage 1.
As the Trail riders complete their event to Scottburgh on May 11,
the serious Race riders set off on their three-day journey from
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TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill
will team up with Durban-based youngster Julian Jessop as they aim to
upset the apple cart and push for a podium spot at the 2017 KAP sani2c
starting in Himeville next week.
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