|KAP sani2c Media Release
07 May 2018
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Anticipation over as sani2c gets underway
Himeville – The months of preparation are a thing of the past as the
first of three events, the Trail, that make up the KAP sani2c, the
world’s largest stage mountain bike race, gets underway at Glencairn
Farm on Tuesday before the Adventure starts Wednesday and the Race
The event is split into three different rides that follow the same
260km route from the Southern Drakensberg to the South Coast of
It takes riders through some of the most beautiful scenery that
KwaZulu-Natal has to offer with the farming belt forming part of the
day one attractions, while the Queen Stage, day two, takes riders
down into the breath-taking Umkomaas Valley to the overnight stop at
Jolivet Farm in Highflats.
The final day to the coast incorporates the coastal bush of the
Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve as well as the sugar cane farm roads
of the South Coast region to the finish at Scottburgh Primary School
via Scottburgh Main Beach.
Throughout the thirteen years that the KAP sani2c has taken place
the event has continued to grow and reinvent itself to stay relevant
to the large mountain biking community that South Africa has
developed in the last decade.
While maintaining its core principles of being more than a ride, the
sani2c has made a concerted effort to offer the riders as much in
the way of comforts as possible and that is a reason for the event
having grown into the biggest stage race in the world.
Not only is the environment and trails so appealing to riders, both
experienced and new, but the race villages provide a comfortable
area to relax and discuss the trials and tribulations of the day
that has just passed.
The Iconic Climb, introduced last year, is the toughest climb of the
race and takes riders out of the Umkomaas Valley and will be back to
test riders once again in 2018 with the one tweak that will give
weaker riders a lifeline.
This year there will be two routes up Iconic. One will be the much
tougher, steeper route and then there will be a more gradual incline
The new trail will be known as the Hlegabafase Trail and the
thinking is that the less taxing route shouldn’t take you any longer
to complete so riders have to make an important decision when they
reach the start of the incline midway through the second stage.
2018’s Trail kicks off the sani2c action on Tuesday with the
Adventure following on Wednesday. These two events take on a less
serious tone than the Race which sees the country’s elite mountain
bikers go head to head for the title of sani2c champions.
Importantly for riders in the Trail, they are aware that there are
no prizes for the winners. The first event is often an introduction
to the sani2c with many novices taking part in the most relaxed of
the three events.
The Adventure then ramps up the competitiveness a notch with action
on the front end of this version becoming quite fierce as riders
look to stake a claim to the top step of the podium.
Tough, antagonistic racing during the stages is often overshadowed
by the camaraderie and friendships that are established or reignited
over a drink at the two overnight stops.
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Riders gathered for their
pre-race briefing before the Trail gets underway on Tuesday at Glencairn
Farm in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg.
The beautiful Glencairn Farm
in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg provides the perfect
backdrop as riders register and hear the pre-race briefing ahead of the
first day of the Trail on Tuesday.
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