|KAP sani2c Media Release
09 May 2018
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Elites line up for enthralling sani2c assault
Glencairn - With two events out on the track in the Trail and the
Adventure, the 2018 KAP sani2c Race will set off from Glencairn on
Thursday as the nation's best mountain bikers tussle for the coveted
prize over the 260km between the foothills of the Southern
Drakensberg and the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
The prestigious title of being sani2c champions might not have a
clear-cut favourite in 2018 as a number of teams have the ability to
take the crown should they string together three quality days of
PYGA/Euro Steel's Matthys Beukes will be teaming up with young
Julian Jessop for the race and the pair has already proven their
quality. They stormed to victory in the Africa jersey category at
the Absa Cape Epic earlier in the year, highlighting their stage
The recent Old Mutual joBerg2c was proof that Beukes' form has not
dipped as he rode solo to first overall through the nine days of
Beukes is in line for a hat-trick of sani2c titles should he win in
2018 but with over 260 kilometres between the start and the finish
there are many obstacles that have in the past curtailed riders'
shot at the title.
2017's opening stage from Glencairn Farm outside Himeville to
Mackenzie Club did just that for the Team NAD pair of Gawie Combrink
and Nico Bell. Combrink took a hard fall and that all but ended
their chances of winning the race last year and they had to settle
This year Team NAD will have two teams on the start line with
Combrink lining up with last year's second place finisher Matthew
Beers while Nico Bell takes on the challenge with Wessel Botha.
These two pairs will be a thorn in the side of the PYGA/Euro Steel
pairs and it could be an interesting four-horse shoot-out for the
The fourth team involved will be the second PYGA/Euro Steel duo of
Philip Buys and Phillimon Sebona.
Another team that could cause an upset or two should things go their
way is the Team TIB/Silverback pair of Andrew Hill and Shaun-nick
Bester recently paired up with Declan Sidey for the joberg2c and the
pair ended third in the team race.
Hill has been a consistent top 10 finisher and in 2017 managed to
finish fifth with Julian Jessop. That confidence in a top five could
push him and Bester into the podium positions this year.
In the ladies division it seems that there will be only one team to
watch with the dormakaba duo of Samantha Sanders and Amy McDougall
looking like the odds-on favourites for the crown.
McDougall recently raced the joBerg2c with Arno du Toit where they
won the mixed category quite comfortably and with a second place to
their name from 2017's sani2c they will only have eyes for the top
step of the podium.
The mixed category will see the ITEC-Silverback pair of Yolandi de
Villiers and Brandon Stewart fight it out with the Team Garmin duo
of Ben Melt Swanepoel and Yolandi du Toit.
Team Garmin's Swanepoel and Du Toit finished fourth in the mixed
category at the joBerg2c and will be looking to go one better than
their sani2c second that they achieved in 2016 together.
On Thursday as the Race riders set off from Glencairn on stage two,
the Adventure riders will be riding their second stage from
Mackenzie Club to Jolivet Farm while the Trail riders will be
finishing off their 2018 KAP sani2c as they take on the final stage
from Jolivet to Scottburgh.
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With two titles in a row to
his name, PYGA/Euro Steel's Matthys Beukes (front) will be looking for a
hat-trick of KAP sani2c wins when he pairs up with Julian Jessop for the
tree day race starting on Thursday.
dormakaba's Samantha Sanders
will once again pair up with Amy McDougall for the 2018 KAP sani2c as
they both look for their first ever win at the event starting at
Glencairn on Thursday.
The first day of the Trail
got underway on Tuesday with excited riders enjoying the perfect
conditions as they rode from Glencairn to Mackenzie Club for stage one
of their KAP sani2c.
Day one of the Trail at the
KAP sani2c saw brilliant conditions as riders negotiated their way from
Glencairn to Mackenzie Club on Tuesday.
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