|KAP sani2c Media Release
14 May 2019
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Returning De Groot to partner Sanders for sani2c
Himeville – Having spent six months off the competitive saddle,
six-time South African marathon champion Robyn de Groot will return
to competitive racing when she teams up with Sam Sanders at the 2019
KAP sani2c starting on Thursday.
De Groot last raced in November 2018 and had surgery for blood flow
problems after battling with burning sensations and loss of power in
her left leg which became a long-term issue for the decorated rider.
The sani2c will be her return to racing and despite being ahead of
when she planned on returning she couldn’t refuse the offer.
“When Sam asked me I laughed at first,” De Groot said with a smile.
“I had only panned on racing again in August but I thought that
sani2c was a great way to get back into it and dormakaba have been
great in supporting us.
“My recovery has gone smoothly as well and I have been training for
the last six weeks so I felt I couldn’t say no.”
Having had to sit on the side line for such an extended period of
time many people might suffer mentally but De Groot has dealt with
the ordeal well.
“Mentally I knew that there was nothing I could do and I prepared
well for the time away from riding, but I miss racing!
“To pack a bag and a bike and get ready for a race has been quite a
surreal feeling this week, I’m really excited.
“I don’t feel like I will be out of my depth this week,” she added
Sam Sanders and team-mate Amy McDougall were unparalleled in 2018
and considering her and De Groot have never ridden together in a
race and are both returning to competitive action after lay-offs,
they will take a conservative approach to the three days of racing.
“We are both quite relaxed going into the race and with me having
been sick at joberg2c and Robyn making the return from injury so I
am just happy to be riding again and to be on a team with Robyn,”
“She is such a fierce competitor on the bike so we are just going to
take it as it comes and give it our best out there every day.
“I think that we will match up well and we are both experienced so I
think that we will look after each other nicely and ride
The duo will be racing under the dormakaba name and the Galileo Risk
team will probably provide Sanders and De Groot with their biggest
test while the Bell Equipment duo of Hayley Smith and Andrea de Boer
will also be pushing for a podium.
“Sarah Hill and Theresa Ralph will be good competition because they
know each other well and have raced together on a number of
“Generally they are quite consistent which means that they will be a
good challenge over the three days which is exciting,” Sanders
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Defending champion Sam
Sanders will team up with multiple South African Marathon Champion Robyn
de Groot in the dormakaba colours for the 2019 KAP sani2c from 16 to 18
After a six month lay-off,
six-time South African Marathon Champion Robyn de Groot will join
defending champion Sam Sanders for the 2019 KAP sani2c from 16 to 18
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