After 10 years of riding the beloved country, the organisers felt it was time to change the last day from previous years to give joberg2c riders a shorter more direct route to the sea. Most riders who know sani2c and joberg2c, know that the last three days of joberg2c have traditionally been the same as sani2c.
joberg2c was conceptualised by Farmer Glen Haw who started sani2c. He wanted to extend the sani2c community inspired model to other parts of the country and create a point to point stage ride that would attract riders from all over. Little did he know how the world would start to embrace this special ride through South Africa. joberg2c has almost a third of its riders (250) coming from overseas to ride the beloved country over 9 days.
“Illovo South Africa is delighted to assist the joberg2c mountain bike ride with their new route plans to provide the “sweet” new ending”; says Nozuko Basson, Illovo Corporate Affairs Manager.
“Sappi have always been great supporters of mountain biking events in South Africa and we will continue supporting events like joberg2c, thanks to their powerful impact on local economic development through tourism and creating shared value for communities along the route”- Mpho Lethoko, General Manager Communications, Sappi Southern Africa .
So why the change?
“I always wanted to ride from Joburg to the sea and in 2010 together with Craig Wapnick and Gary Green, my two partners, we were able to realize this vision,” says the inspired dairy farmer. Farmer Glen eludes “for 2020 we have decided that after 8 big days of riding our joberg2c riders deserve a shorter easier route to the sea which we have found.”
“sani2c riders want three full days of mountain biking and value for money. By the time joberg2c riders get to Jolivet they can smell the sea and want the shortest path to the Indian Ocean.” expands Farmer Glen
“We aim to always think of our riders and to innovate for their sake. We take feedback into account and make decisions after careful deliberation, lots of heated debate while riding and then a beer or two afterwards” says Craig Wapnick one of the other organisers.
joberg2c will still have a community inspired ending at Umdoni Golf Club while the three legendary sani2c events will continue to finish at Scottburgh Golf Club. Both joberg2c and sani2c bring incredible economic benefits to the south coast region over the April /May period.
Gary Green creator of Berg and Bush Mtb race and the other of the “three joberg2c stooges” explains “By moving to Umdoni Golf Club and we are still involving another inspired South Coast community which is our philosophy. “
joberg2c takes place from 24 April to 2 May 2020 and finishes at Umdoni Park Golf Club. www.joberg2c.co.za for more information.
For more information on KAP sani2c dates, please visit their website www.sani2c.co.za.