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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.