You can do KAP sani2c as a solo rider in 2020

Due to popular demand, KAP sani2c organisers have made it possible for riders to enter a new solo category for the 2020 events, though this is only available for the Trail and the Race, as the Adventure entries have sold out. The sani2c takes place between 12 and 16 May 2020.

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Photo Anthony Grote

 

If you have been contemplating taking the journey from the Underberg area in KwaZulu-Natal down to Scottburgh on the South Coast, but your regular riding partner is not available, you can now consider this option.

 

“Farmer” Glen Haw, Race Founder, says they are happy to host solo riders, but emphasised that sani2c remains strongly a team event. “Riding with friends and having a good time together on the bike was a core reason for us starting the sani2c, and we don’t want this to change. Also, the sani2c is tough and travels through some remote areas, so the buddy system helps to make sure each rider has someone looking out for them,” he says.

 

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Photo Anthony Grote

 

But, says Farmer Glen, the solo entry will assist a range of riders: “Mates who want to travel to the event together may be at different levels of fitness or technical ability, and having solo entries will mean they can start out together, and enjoy the race as a group if it works out that way. But they will have the freedom to split up at different paces during the course of the day if that is how it pans out.

 

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Photo Em Gatland

 

“This category will also cater for riders who have partners pull out close to the race and they cannot find a replacement, or for those who just prefer to ride their own race. Riding the sani2c as a team is a fun and rewarding experience and this will remain, but we don’t want to be turning people away who just don’t have a compatible rider they can enter with.”

 

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Photo Kevin Sawyer

 

The KAP sani2c is a three-day “Ride of your Life” , with 263km of tough but blissful trails not available at any other time of the year. From the foothills of the southern Drakensberg, through farmlands, tribal land, forestry areas as well as game reserve, the route flows down to the sea at Scottburgh. The famous “Umko Drop” on day 2 is legendary for its 40kms of descent into the Umkomaas Valley, and the “Iconic Climb” back out.

 

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Photo Kelvin Trautman

 

The three versions of the sani2c, the Trail, Adventure and Race, make the event one of the largest stage races in the world. It is also one of the oldest stage races in the country, with a rich tradition of providing three days of exceptional riding and hospitality, while also fulfilling its commitment to uplift the many communities along its route.

 

 

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Photo Em Gatland

 




7 Comments

Waynemol, Feb 12 2020 07:56

Interesting, "due to popular demand"  More like we are under subscribed and looking for new ways to get people to the start line.  Not a criticism, just and observation

J Wakefield, Feb 12 2020 10:52

Maybe also alittle pessimistic of me but I also read it as "we don't have enough entries as teams, lets have a soli cat" 

While there is nothing wrong with a solo category, personally I prefer it but with event entries becoming less subscribed last year or 2 this makes sense.

 

I remember when you couldn't get a entry 6 months out from certain big stage races, now you can get the day before or they not full.

 

AdamA, Feb 12 2020 11:12

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I remember when you couldn't get a entry 6 months out from certain big stage races, now you can get the day before or they not full.

 

 

I trying to get an entry for 2012 and being on the waiting list for 2 weeks as they were full on 30min after entries opened. 

milky4130, Feb 12 2020 01:48

also S2C is risky pre-entering where weather is concerned. If it's a wet year you might as well not show up to the start line as you'll need a new bike after 3 days.

J Wakefield, Feb 13 2020 08:21

I trying to get an entry for 2012 and being on the waiting list for 2 weeks as they were full on 30min after entries opened. 

 

Yes this is what I was referring to, it was almost impossible to get entries into some of the events and this alone caused friction with people who didn't get. I remember you got 1st option if you previously did Sani and with that in 2009 I remember my partner and I were on the waiting list and then Sani was in March or so and ended 2 days before the Giro del Capo. I was riding Giro that year and when the opportunity came up to take the Sani entry we did cause we were so scared never to get it again. We went to Sani 2 days later and then directly to Giro but we got the entry secured. Thats what it was back then. hahaha. Crazy when you think now you can get entries the week before. 

KirJOL, Feb 18 2020 07:12

I wasn’t able to find a link to enter solo, what am I missing?

kingalton, Feb 19 2020 09:38

I wasn’t able to find a link to enter solo, what am I missing?

During the registration process, when you create your team, you just include yourself, dont add a partner.