|KAP sani2c Media Release
02 May 2018
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Turton family continue to support local sani2c
Himeville - When the huge field of eager mountain bikers sets off
for the start of the three–day KAP sani2c Adventure on Wednesday 9
May, the outing will be an important sentimental milestone for the
Turton family of Underberg farmers.
Passionate supporters of the event, Tex Turton and his wife Anita
will both be starting their tenth edition of the iconic race to the
South Coast, and they will be sharing the occasion with their
Turton will be partnering son-in-law Tim Krause while Anita will be
teaming up with Capetonian Alexa Cole, who has become a
long-standing extension of their family since her early canoeing
days, while Craig Turton will be riding in a mixed team with his
“It is absolutely fantastic to be able to do a race like the KAP
sani2c with your family, it is so special. We can’t wait,” said Tex
Turton. “My daughter Robin has an excuse this year as she has just
had a baby but I know she will be with us every pedal stroke of the
“Looking back on the last nine rides, every one has been special for
one reason or another,” says Turton.
“I think last year’s final day to Scottburgh was the hardest I have
ever done. In the mud and rain there was no chance to rest or
freewheel because you had to pedal hard the whole way.”
He fondly looks back on his first sani2c as a mountain biking
novice. “We had started riding six months before that first sani2c
after having seconded our kids at their races. Our first ride was a
five kilometres Kiddies Fun Ride and we nearly died!,” he recalls.
“On our first sani2c I think we walked up every hill, but in true Turton fashion we finished.
Turton usually partners local friend Neil Lamble for the three day
classic to the sea, a rider who attracts plenty of attention for his
dogged insistence on riding every year in the same pair of fraying
rugby shorts that he had done multiple editions of the Cape Town
Cycle Tour, Dusi Canoe Marathon and Midmar Mile, while Anita Turton
usually rides with Dr Rob Drummond.
He is a perfect gentleman that carries everything in his back pack,”
says Turton. “I am convinced he could do open heart surgery on the
side of the track he has so much in that bag!”
“Both partners can’t accompany us this year so the family have
stepped in to support the ballies on their 10th sani2c,” said Turton.
He explained that the only way he was able to get his family
involved in the race, which has a sold-out entry for the three races
(the Trail, Adventure and the Race) every year was to split his
initial entry, and then split it again.
“Now we all ride together, which is fantastic, but it does come with
some pressure for us old ballies,” said Turton. “We call it a ride
but the youngsters, and my son Craig in particular, really race it
and put us under a lot of pressure.
“So we have a deal with Craig,” he went on to explain. “When we get
to the steep climbs, he rides in front and Anita and I each hang
onto one of his pockets.
While each of the family members has work commitments to keep up
with, Turton said they were all training hard, and would get
together on the weekends and public holiday to ride together.
Riders who complete ten editions of the sani2c are inducted into a
unique club called the Green Mambas and enjoy special privileges in
subsequent years of the race.
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The Turtons, Tex (right) and
his wife Anita will be taking on their tenth KAP sani2c this year and
their Underberg-based family have built a strong bond with the Himeville-based
three day mountain bike race to the KZN South Coast.
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