Race organiser ‘Farmer’ Glen Haw has quickly reassured riders that the iconic three day race from the foothills of the Drakensberg to the sea will take riders to the Scottburgh beachfront on their way to the finish at the primary school.
“Riders will still get to the sea!” Haw ensured. “We will still have the floating bridge on the lagoon and riders will be on the beach for a bit so everything is the same we have just added about another two kilometres to get to the junior school.”
There were a number of factors that influenced the decision to change the finish venue, but ultimately it was a need to streamline the entire finish process that made Haw and his team change the end point of the entire race.
“We found that we needed to simplify the logistics of the finish,” Haw explained. “The beach is a public space and the size of the event made it quite a difficult area to host the finish.
“It was quite a disjointed area and so by moving it to the school we have our own private finish venue that is away from the public.
“Moving the finish to the school is going to be great for the school and we are looking forward to making it our home for years to come,” added Haw, who’s passion for uplifting the communities through which the race moves has underpinned the entire race from its inception.
Over the past 12 years Haw and his team have put on an event that has seen it grow into one of the biggest multi-stage mountain bike races in the world and the formula generally remains the same year-on-year.
He has spent some time in Canada scouting out how their events are run recently and picked up some useful tips ahead of this year’s KAP sani2c.
“I went over and rode in the BC Bike Race and learnt that from an event standard perspective we are leading the way here in South Africa.
“The big thing that I did learn was that over there they have an incredible etiquette when it comes to riding and giving people right of way.”
In 2018, the team will be out to make a few minor tweaks to the event that will hopefully enhance the riding experience for every competitor that takes part in one of the three events.
“We want to try and improve the flow of the riding a bit more this year.
“Our plan is to widen some sections of single track so it is easier for riders to get past each other but with that comes our drive to improve the etiquette of riders.
“In South Africa riders tend to want to stay in front on the single track even though there might be someone behind them that wants to get past.
“We want to get riders to respect that sometimes you might not be the strongest and that you need to give those that are stronger the chance to get past.
“The mentality here is far more competitive but sometimes that needs to give way for respect and etiquette,” Haw added.