KAP sani2c Media Release
08 May 2017
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Weekend warriors line up for 2017 KAP sani2c assault
Himeville - The 13th edition of the famous KAP sani2c gets
underway at Glencairn Farm in Himeville on Tuesday as the first
of the three events, the Trail, sees over 1500 riders navigate
their way to the Scottburgh main beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South
Entries for the world’s largest mountain bike event are sought
after, and getting a chance to ride the famous 'Farmer' Glen Haw
trails is something that many mountain bikers from the elite
racers to the back-markers treasure.
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
Thursday, the serious Race riders set off on their three-day
journey from Himeville.
An innovation for the Trail event is that there is no recognition
for finishing first. The entire event is geared towards riders
who are taking part to have a good time and take part in a race
that lacks that overall competiveness.
The three-day race takes the riders from the foot-hills of the
Southern Drakensberg, via the first overnight stop 82km away at
the Mackenzie Club just outside Ixopo.
Stage 1 of the race has got its fair share of challenges
including the famous floating bridge on Mossbank Dam. 2017 will
see a duel-bridge meaning that the two-man teams will be able
rider across the bridge virtually side by side.
It is still early when riders hit this obstacle and a resultant
swim in the dam could be more than a little unpleasant on a cold
day with still over half the stage's riding to go.
The second stage of the event is known as the toughest. The stage
consists of just under 2000m of vertical descent with 1500m of
ascent. The toughest element of the stage is the ride out of the
picturesque Umkomaas valley.
2017 has seen the re-introduction of a climb that will keep every
rider honest. Farmer Glen has named it 'Iconic Climb' and riders
will feel a sense of achievement once they crest the top of the
climb before the 32km stretch to the finish at Jolivet Farm.
The final stage of the race is an enthralling 82km dash for the
ocean. The 1900 metres of descent, 850m more than the total
climbing, means that the route is cumulatively downhill and
riders can let their legs go as they sniff the salty Indian Ocean
There are still a couple of notable climbs to keep riders honest,
but once they pass through the section known as Dave's Toil the
finish line will start beckoning and riders will begin
contemplating the exciting 600m long floating bridge across the
lagoon at Scottburgh.
There have been a number of spectacular tumbles off the floating
bridge and after three days of riding, fatigue plays its part in
causing a number of unplanned swims in the refreshing lagoon
The relief and sense of achievement on the faces of the riders as
they cross the finish line in Scottburgh is tangible, their
happiness is a sight that spectators appreciate and respect after
263km of testing riding.
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.
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Riders are for some of the
most exilerating three days of riding when they take on the 2017 KAP
sani2c this week with the Trail beginning on Tuesday, the Adventure starts
on Wednesday and the elites take off in the Race on Thursday.
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