|KAP sani2c Media Release
26 April 2019
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South Coast’s Smith eyeing consecutive sani2c podiums
Himeville – Following a third place finish with Andrea de Boer at
the 2018 KAP sani2c, South Coast raised Hayley Smith will team up
with Disree Verwey in 2019 as they gun for a podium finish at the
iconic three-day shootout from the Southern Drakensberg to the South
Coast from 16-18 May.
The final day of the race takes riders from Jolivet Farm in
Highflats to the Scottburgh Main Beach with trails that Smith is
familiar with having grown up in Margate. She has relocated to
Durban but she remains familiar with the trails.
“I don’t get down there are often as I would like anymore but I have
been riding on those trails for many years,” the Bell Equipment
“I probably head down there every few months which is nice as I get
a feel for the conditions and trails again.”
Verwey is based in Richards Bay which means that the pair aren’t
able to put in the training that they would like together but Smith
isn’t too concerned by this.
“I ride a lot against Desiree and we rode the iSimangaliso race
together a few years ago so we are familiar with each other’s
“I think that we are a well-matched pair so we don’t necessarily
need to be training together all the time. We are just looking
forward to racing together for the Bell Equipment team,” she added.
It has been a busy start to the year for the 24 year-old who has hit
the ground running in the first four months of 2019. With a solid
training block behind her, she is looking forward to another crack
at the sani2c.
She recently rode to a second place finish at the Kamberg Classic
“The training and racing have gone well this year so far and I have
been in good shape.
“I have come down with a bit of a cold which means I might miss out
on the aQuellé Tour Durban this weekend but other than that I have
been in good health.”
It’s going to be another interesting year for the ladies race with
2018 champions, Team Dormakaba’s Sam Sanders and Amy-Beth McDougall
expected back on the start line. Smith knows that they will be the
duo to beat.
“I know that they (Team Dormakaba) didn’t have a great Epic but they
are strong riders and will definitely be the favourites again this
“We will go into the race ready to give it our all and we hope that
we can get ourselves onto the podium when we reach the sea!” she
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The Bell Equipment duo of
Hayley Smith (right) and Desiree Verwey (left) will team up for the 2019
KAP sani2c as they chase a podium spot at the Race from 16-18 May.
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