|KAP sani2c Media Release
25 April 2018
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Zero to sani2c for Atkinson & Piper
Himeville – With less than a fortnight to go, Sue Atkinson’s dream
to race the KAP sani2c mountain bike stage race that started by
chance in Underberg in January is about to come true, ending a
roller-coaster few months of nervous preparation for the sani2c
Atkinson was the winner of the lucky draw KAP sani2c entry at the
FNB Drak Music Experience in Underberg in January, kick starting a
13 week baptism of fire as she prepares for her first sani2c trip
from Glencairn to Scottburgh from 8-10 May.
The lucky draw prize came at the 2018 Drak Music Festival where all
competitors in the Euro Steel Drak Descent, the N3TC Drak Challenge
and the GWK Run the River trail run were entered.
“I never win anything so when I won I acted a bit like I had just
won the Lotto!” Atkinson said. “I had to encourage all of the people
we rode with to go to the music festival to be part of the draw and
then I managed to win – it was incredible!”
Gauteng-based Atkinson is a self-confessed novice and when her name
was drawn as the winner of the entry to the 2018 edition of the
sani2c her mountain biking career has been ramped up a notch as she
and partner Shirley Piper gear up for an exciting three days in the
“This is going to be further than I have ever even thought of
racing!” she mentioned with an excited nervousness.
“I was the farthest thing from a serious rider and used to ride 20km
fun rides in my takkies but since the end of January we have been
training really hard and I have gone from hardly riding to riding
“It’s cost me a fortune getting a new bike and proper cleats! But we
are so excited to be riding in our first sani2c.”
Dubbed the ‘Threes Company’ team, they have been putting in the hard
yards as they approach their first stage race, with tips and advice
from work colleagues coming in the bucket loads.
“I work at a company that is mountain biking mad and a lot of them
have ridden sani2c, joBerg2c as well as the Cape Epic so the advice
has been coming from all angles!” the 39 year-old said with a smile.
“I am surrounded by such a great bunch of people at work and they
have been so supportive that I cannot wait to get going.”
“To be honest I am nervous as hell but I am so excited for the event
that the nerves might subside and be taken over by excitement when
we get there.
Competing in the sani2c was never a serious thought for Atkinson or
her partner Piper as family commitments often taking preference over
any form of recreational time.
“I have got a three year old daughter so training has been quite
difficult having to juggle Saturday’s where we train until about
lunch time – getting the family, training balance has been hard.
“For Shirley, sani2c was never an option with her being a single
mother but this year we have made it work and we are incredibly
excited for the race.
“We head out on our final training ride soon as I am off overseas
and will only get back the day before sani2c so we have finished our
preparation!” she added in anticipation.
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Sue Atkinson (right) and
Shirley Piper (left) will be taking on their first KAP sani2c after
Atkinson won an entry to the race at the FNB Drak Music Experience in
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