|KAP sani2c Media Release
13 May 2019
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Beers & Marais join forces for sani2c
HImeville – After a while deliberating who was going to partner
defending KAP sani2c champion Matt Beers at the 2019 edition,
talented cross country rider Stuart Marais will form the second half
of the team for the three-day shoot-out from Glencairn to Scottburgh
from 16-18 May.
Beers and team mate Nico Bell took the NAD Pro MTB Team to the top
step of the podium in 2018 despite the pressure from a number of
other top teams and Beers is keen to repeat that feat, unfortunately
it can’t be with his partner from 12 months ago.
Bell is off the bike at the moment and Wessel Botha is away which
left Beers fairly high and dry.
“Nico is currently recovering from surgery and Wessel (Botha) will
be racing in the World Cups overseas so that is why I am racing with
Stuart,” Beers said.
“Stuart is a really strong rider and is good in the technical stuff
so I think that we are going to make a good team for sani(2c) this
The NAD Pro MTB Team lost stalwart Gawie Combrinck recently when he
retired from professional racing so Beers was fishing for a partner,
arguably the most in-form marathon rider in the country after his
Africa Jersey triumph at the Absa Cape Epic earlier in the year.
Despite the change in team make-up the goals remain exactly the
“The aim is to win the race again because our team are the defending
champions and we are feeling good going into the race.”
The pair recently finished fourth and fifth respectively at the
African Continental Cross Country championships in Namibia which
shows that they are an evenly matched pair.
Defending his crown is going to be a tough task for Beers with some
of the country’s best mountain bikers vying for that top spot on the
podium come Saturday.
Marais, who has mixed it up with the best in the world on the cross
country circuit, and is a KwaZulu-Natal resident has never ridden
the KAP sani2c but it is a race that he knows and it has always been
on his bucket list.
“I grew up in Ixopo so I know the sani2c well and it has been
unfortunate that it has taken this long for me to ride it,” Marais
“It was such an easy decision to make when Matt asked if I wanted to
ride with him and it’s an incredible opportunity to race the
country’s best over three stages.”
Marais and Beers will form a fairly formidable combination despite
the fact that Marais isn’t too familiar with stage racing. He will
have more than enough support from Beers and the NAD Pro Team.
“Matt is the stage racing king and we know how strong a marathon
racer he is.
“I am feeling pretty strong at the moment too and we have raced each
other in the past so we have an idea about strengths and weaknesses.
“It’s going to be an awesome experience and I’m so grateful for the
chance to race with Matt and the team,” Marais added appreciatively.
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NAD Pro MTB Team's Matt
Beers (front) will line up for the 2019 KAP sani2c with accomplished
cross country rider Stuart Marais for the showdown from 16-18 May.
Despite being born and
raised in Ixopo, cross country star Stuart Marais will make his KAP
sani2c debut in 2019 when he takes on the three-day race with NAD Pro
MTB's Matt Beers from 16-18 May.
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