Hill & Zellhuber ready for Sani Dragon challenge
Himeville - Experienced campaigner Andrew Hill will partner up with
defending Sani Dragon champion Reinhard Zellhuber for the 2017 edition
of the race that will take place in the Southern Drakensberg from 30
September to 1 October.
Team TIB's Hill is no stranger to competing in the Southern Drakensberg
and despite missing the event in 2016 he is excited by the opportunity
to once again ride in the only mountain bike event that incorporates
"I rode the Sani Dragon with Tyronne White in 2016 so I am familiar with
the race and riding up Sani Pass but I think there are a few changes to
the route this year which is exciting," Hill said.
"I have spent a lot of time riding in the Berg and are very familiar
with the challenges that come with the terrain but racing there is
always a welcome challenge."
The Sani Dragon is a two-day race with the opening day's 50km route
comprising of a large loop incorporating some of the most scenic
district roads, jeep tracks and single track in the Underberg and
The day will start at the Premier Hotel Himeville Arms and finish at the
Premier Resort Sani Pass.
The second day is 42km in length and is a race to the summit of the
famous Sani Pass and back, starting and finishing at the Premier Resort
To be able to ride up and down Sani Pass is the highlight for Hill.
"Riding up the pass before it is tarred is definitely something that I
feel should be on any mountain bikers bucket list.
"It is going to be a hard slog up but the race back down is going to be
an exciting one," Hill commented.
Young Zellhuber is going to be a strong partner for Hill and he is
looking forward to riding with the East Griqualand star over the two
"Riding with Reinhard is going to be hard and fast but I am looking
forward to it.
"The Sani Dragon fits in well into a big block of racing for me before I
prepare to head to Mauritius for a race later in the year," he
With some of the most demanding terrain set to test both riders and
equipment, Hill believes that there are a number of other challenges
that riders face when competing in the Drakensberg.
"Yes the rocks and tracks are demanding but I find that the altitude is
the toughest part about racing in the Berg.
"It is especially difficult when you are riding up the pass and you get
to the final few switch-backs.
"You cannot stand and put power through the wheels because you lungs and
legs are burning so you have to try and keep your peddle strokes
consistent for that final section.
"Concentrating on this is always difficult when you also trying to fight
the altitude!" Hill added.
The event will be based at the Premier Resort Sani Pass and takes place
over the same period as the annual Underberg Farmerís Association (UFA)
Agricultural Show. The events will follow a Team of 2 format but there
will be also be a Solo category.
There will also be a Lite event with distances of approximately 35km on
Day 1 and 26km on Day 2. Day 2 will be to the South African Border Post
and back. Both days starting and finish at the same locations as the
Entries for the event are open until 22 September and can be found at
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Team TIB's Andrew Hill will
return to the Sani Dragon in 2017 where he will team up with the young
Reinhard Zellhuber for the two-day event in the Southern Drakensberg
from 30 September to 1 October.
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