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  1. TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill (pictured) will combine with regular riding partner Tyronne White for the 2016 KAP sani2c Race from 12-14 May. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media With a strong men’s field set to challenge for this year’s sani2c spoils as well as the testing joBerg2c still between them and the start of Underberg to Scottburgh outing, Hill and White remain somewhat guarded in declaring their sani2c aspirations. “It is always a well stacked field at the sani2c and this year it will be particularly strong!” explained Hill. “A top five at this year’s sani2c will be a good result for any team and to get onto the podium will be an incredibly good feat.” “Tyronne and I did very well at this year’s Tankwa Trek, finishing sixth overall against a highly competitive field and we’ve also ridden to a sani2c stage podium before, so we know we can ride up there at the front. “Hopefully things go our way at this year’s sani2c and we can challenge for a stage podium or two and be in the top five mix overall,” he added reservedly. While overcoming the resulting fatigue of their testing joBerg2c journey in time for their sani2c assault will be vital, the knowledge the all-KZN duo will gain from their initial assignment will be invaluable come their second outing. Riding with TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill, Tyronne White (pictured) hopes to challenge the strong men's field at the 2016 KAP sani2c Race from 12-14 May. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “All the hard work has pretty much been done already with us preparing for joBerg2c,” said Hill. “After joBerg2c it will just be important to see how the body responds in order to best prepare for sani2c.” “We’ll probably just do a couple of light rides between the two events and look to pick up the speed a bit just before sani2c, but our time on the trails during joBerg2c and knowing the route will be a huge help come sani2c! “Day one of sani2c has changed a bit and so knowing where these changes are, where to attack, etc. will be a huge advantage. “The changes should also suit us as we know, and will be able take advantage of, KZN trails better than most of the other top guys and so this will definitely be in our favour.” Hill and White foresee the heightened speed of sani2c, compared to the gruelling test the joBerg2c represents, suiting SCOTT LCB Factory Racing’s Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns best however are reluctant to rule the likes of USN Purefit’s Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock – amongst others – as pre-race podium contenders. The Trail, Adventure and Race events of the 2016 KAP sani2c take place from Glencairn in Underberg to Scottburgh on KZN's South Coast from 10-12, 11-13 and 12-14 May respectively. For more information visit www.sani2c.co.za.
  2. Joel Stransky (front right) - half of last year's runner-up team of the Adventure event of the 2016 KAP sani2c - will not take part in this year's race however a strong Cell C South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) contingent will still tackle the renowned trail of the popular three day event. Kelvin Trautman/ Gameplan Media The smattering of Cell C South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) teams, represented by former Springbok household rugby names and rugby personalities such as Stefan Terblanche, Butch James, Brent Russell, Trevor Halsted, Neil Penrose and Shaun Payne – amongst others, are looking forward to tackling the mountain biking voyage from Glencairn, Underberg down to the KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast town of Scottburgh. “sani2c is such an incredible, fun event and every time we take part we have such a jol that we cannot wait to go back each year!” says SARLA CEO, Stefan Terblanche. While the internal rivalry amongst the SARLA teams is hard to ignore, the former rugby icons still find the time to take in the route’s spectacular scenery while also relishing reuniting and working together with some of their former team mates along the way. “We ride the first two days in our respective pairs as best we all can and there is also often a lot of banter exchanged between the guys in the evenings, just like there used to be in the change room back in our playing days! “On day three we usually all ride down to Scottburgh together though, enjoying the last bit of the adventure as a group with some of the stronger guys helping pull the weaker guys, etc.” explains Terblanche. 2015 saw 1995 Rugby World Cup winning flyhalf Joel Stransky and Cell C Sharks flyer Shaun Payne race their way into podium contention during the first two days of the Adventure event that they were freed of their final stage duties and allowed to embrace their competitive nature once more. “Last year Joel (Stransky) and Shaun (Payne) were right up there in the top three after the first two days so they went for it again on day three and eventually finished second overall! “It just goes to show the competitiveness still in some of our guys! “Unfortunately Joel isn’t able to join us for this year’s sani2c but we still look forward to having a fantastic bunch of former players, friends and sponsors again this year!” South African Rugby Legends Association's Andrew Murray tackles the spectacular trails of the 2015 edition of the sani2c's Adventure with many Cell C SARLA stars relishing a return to this year's event. Kelvin Trautman/ Gameplan Media Despite having been in peak physical condition during their playing days, Terblanche admits the second stage’s notorious climb out of the uMkomaas valley still gets the butterflies going for most. “Day One is fantastic and the drop down into the Umko valley on Day Two is unbelievable! “That climb out again is a real tester though and definitely gets some of the guys pretty nervous the night before!” he laughs. The enjoyment of each other’s company and reuniting with former on-field colleagues is, however, another major highlight of the trip for the SARLA riders. “All our SARLA guys stay together at a guest house on a nearby farm where we all braai the one evening and they cook for us the other. “We enjoy some beers and a couple of bottles of red wine together around the fire in the evening and often guys will enjoy telling some of the many stories from our playing days and all the tours we enjoyed together. “The rugby guys love being able to get together again, something which sadly doesn’t happen all that often, while it is also a really special few days and a wonderful experience for some of our friends and sponsors who join us for the race!” The Trail, Adventure and Race events of the 2016 KAP sani2c take place from Glencairn in Underberg to Scottburgh on KZN's South Coast from 10-12, 11-13 and 12-14 May respectively. For more information visit www.sani2c.co.za.
  3. A large contingent of former Springbok legends are once again set to descend upon the Adventure event of this year’s KAP sani2c which takes place from 11-13 May with the group eager to soak up three days of banter, reminiscing and memorable mountain biking action. Click here to view the article
  4. The KAP sani2c has become one of the most popular multi-stage mountain bike races in the world due largely to its humble beginnings as well as the organisers motivation to keep the race community-based and unique which has in turn meant that the event has thrived and remains fully subscribed year-in and year-out. Click here to view the article
  5. The sani2c was the brain child of Glen Haw and the race has grown immeasurably over the years however the ten core principles that they set out continue to be the backbone of the race and these principles are everything that the organisers, riders, service providers and helpers stand for as the race heads into its 13th edition in 2016. With the 2016 KAP sani2c just under a month away the race maintains that it will forever hold the local community and the race's initiatives within the community in very high regard as they play a huge role in the success of the three-day adventure from Underberg to Scottburgh. Kelvin Trautman/ Gameplan Media The sani2c has a number of initiatives that they have set up in the communities that the race moves through and providing these people with an opportunity to benefit from the race is crucial in maintaining the events integrity. “Respect to all and respect to the environment are two of our principles that are crucial to this race,” founder ‘Farmer’ Glen Haw mentioned. “If we as riders, organisers and providers do not show respect to the landowners, the local community and the trails and environment that we ride through the race would not happen. “We talk about how we often inconvenience the locals during the race so greeting them and showing them our appreciation is crucial in us maintaining a strong and prosperous relationship with them.” The three-day journey from Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast provides riders with some of the most scenic single-track and surroundings however the race is about far more than riding. “We say that the sani2c is about a lot more than just our enjoyment – although that is what keeps the riders coming back. “We have made a conscious decision to engage fully with the local communities and getting them involved in a multitude of different ways means that the riders contribute largely to the economy of the area as well as the upliftment of the local people,” a passionate Farmer Glen added. The KAP sani2c is a race that tests all riders from the weekend warriors to the riders at the front of the field through the technical single track as well as some challenging climbs. Taking these challenges in ones stride is important in maintaining integrity and keeping a smile on the face. The KAP sani2c has set out ten principles that they continue to uphold and the race holds all of its riders, organisers and helpers to these principles through providing the best service, to riders being polite and supportive throughout the three-day journey from Underberg to Scottburgh. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media “The race is not a walk in the park but we wouldn’t want it to be easy as it is as much a test of character as it is a test of riding ability. “All the riders are trying their hardest however there are always going to be riders of varying abilities on the course so when the rain falls, for example, and the mud becomes an issue, keeping your head and encouraging those around you are paramount to what this race stands for,” Haw commented. Mountain biking is a demanding sport both on the body and on the equipment, sharing parts as well as sharing experiences and lessons are some of the cogs that make the KAP sani2c such a special adventure for many. “When the going gets tough people tend to become grumpy but we try and instil in all the riders and organisers that we need to continue to greet, smile and show good manners no matter what the situation is. “Sharing is one of the centre-points of the race, sharing the trails during the ride and ideas and stories after the ride make the sani2c a unique experience for everyone,” Haw explained with a smile. The model has been refined over the past twelve years which has meant KAP were attracted to the event through the string of social upliftment objectives that the event is involved in. This has led to KAP becoming a vital element in the sani2c machine and the beginnings of what promises to be a strong partnership. For more information on KAPsani2c®: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za.
  6. A health scare to Jennie Stenerhag forced her and partner Robyn de Groot to withdrawal from the 2016 ABSA Cape Epic however the duo have confirmed they will be out to replicate their 2014 victory when they take on this year’s KAP sani2c after the Stenerhag was given a clean bill of health following heart surgery recently. Click here to view the article
  7. Despite the disappointment of the Cape Epic, Stenerhag has put it behind her and is firmly focused on being in top form for the three-day sani2c from Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The Team Ascendis Health star has been in recovery following her surgery and has been waiting patiently to begin her journey back to full fitness, despite the Swedish star being cautious not to commence with flat-out training just yet. The formidable Team Ascendis Health pair of Jennie Stenerhag (left) and Robyn de Groot (right) will be out to repeat their 2014 win at the 2016 KAP sani2c starting from 12-14 May. CAPCHA Photography/Gameplan Media “I managed to go for my first ride since the operation on Wednesday,” the 41 year-old said. “The operation all went well and my ride was surprisingly good but sani2c is still over a month away so I am not putting any pressure on myself to get into top shape too quickly.” “I’m just taking it day by day and although I plan on riding every day, if I don’t feel up to it I’m not going to put pressure on myself to ride.” The recovery process is a gradual one with Stenerhag eyeing a return to competitive racing in a few weeks’ time. “We have a Nissan Trail Seeker Western Cape event on 7 May – which will be my first race back – and it will be the week before sani2c, which I think should be more than enough time to get myself back into good form,” she explained. Stenerhag forms a formidable duo with De Groot, who had to pull out of the 2015 edition of the sani2c due to post viral fatigue syndrome, and the pair will hope that they are on top of their game when they leave Glencairn Farm. “I had worked out that before this year’s Epic, Robyn and I had ridden in nine stage races together – that’s a lot of riding and it means that we have got to know each other really well. “We are similar sorts of riders so we share the same strengths which I see as a positive to our partnership. “We have been through a number of ups and downs and we have become really good friends on and off the bike. It has been a tough few weeks for Team Ascendis Health star Jennie Stenerhag who had to undergo heart surgery following the ABSA Cape Epic however the 41 year-old star is at the KAP sani2c starting from 12-14 May. CAPCHA Photography/Gameplan Media “Robyn has been in great form this year and with the South African Marathon Championships being her next target, she should be hitting top form by the time we get on the start line at the sani2c,” she added. The KAP sani2c throws a number of obstacles at the riders throughout, including a back-breaking climb out of the uMkomaas Valley to end the second stage. Stenerhag however singles out the first day as being her toughest challenge. “I battle with the altitude on the first day, which makes the opening stage of the race the most difficult for me! “I always feel that the race gets easier and easier as we get closer to the sea – it might just be the mind-set but it helps me get through!” Stenerhag said. Team Ascendis Health's Robyn de Groot will be back for the first time since 2014 as she joins partner Jennie Stenerhag for another shot at the title at the 2016 KAP sani2c starting from 12-14 May. CAPCHA Photography/ Gameplan Media As the elite women’s entries are finalised, the aim for Stenerhag and De Groot is to keep themselves focused on their own race as opposed to worrying about what the other ladies pairings are doing. “We just want to control what we can control and concentrate on our own race,” she mentioned circumspectly. “The goal is definitely to win the title but we are not going to do that if our attention isn’t in the correct place so keeping that maintained focus is going to be of vital importance to us.” For more information on KAPsani2c®: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za.
  8. After their tumultuous build-up to the 2015 race, the defending champion pair of Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill are in a far better space going into the 2016 KAP sani2c which should sound the warning sirens for the rest of the elite field contesting the iconic race from 12-14 May. Click here to view the article
  9. Having been without a sponsor leading into the 2015 edition of the popular three-day journey from Underberg to Scottburgh the USN Purefit pair had added motivation however Woolcock believes that following a successful ABSA Cape Epic – where they finished as the top African team – they are in a much better space this year. Following a brilliant ABSA Cape Epic USN Purefit’s Waylon Woolcock (pictured) and partner Darren Lill will look to continue their form at the 2016 KAP sani2c starting from 12-14 May. Supplied/ Gameplan Media “We have been a lot more relaxed post-Epic this year,” Woolcock mentioned. “Last year we were doing odds and ends just to make ends meet and despite the added motivation I think that we are a lot more focused on the job at hand this year. “Our preparation will include the South African Marathon Championships next weekend and then we will be focusing completely on sani2c. “With its shorter, sharper stages you need to be fully committed and prepared which we hope we will be when the race starts,” a focused Woolcock revealed. The Western Cape pair have been riding together for three years which makes them a formidable and experienced combination but having the same motivation and being driven by the same desire means that they have a unique bond. “We are very like-minded people, Darren and I. We have done three Epic’s together and two sani’s which means that we have gotten to know each other really well and we are very self-motivated, we don’t need people on us to tell us what to do. “We go into every race with the same vision and we don’t want to let each other down which is something that keeps us motivated,” he added. As defending champions USN Purefit’s Darren Lill (pictured) and partner Waylon Woolcock will have a target on their back as they seek to defend their title at the KAP sani2c starting from 12-14 May. Supplied/ Gameplan Media. With the successful showing at the Epic behind them Woolcock understands the rigours of the event as well as its influence on form going into a busy mid-year schedule for a lot of riders. “The Epic is a completely different kind of monster! You might feel top of the world one day and the next you could be on your hands and knees so we understand the sort of pressures that come with it. “With that said I think that the Epic is always pennies in the bank and can only count for us going into sani2c. “We won’t be doing the Old Mutual joberg2c this year because I’ve done the Epic, joberg2c and sani2c before and it is just a bit too much! “There are a lot of our rivals doing the joberg2c this year so hopefully by giving it a miss we will have a bit of an advantage in terms of preparation for sani,” Woolcock explained. With a 15 year professional riding career Woolcock has seen and experienced a lot in terms of racing and despite the favourites and defending champions tag being bandied around he does not approach the race any differently. “We just want to get on the start line and focus on the days racing with our aim being to win and ride as well as we can. “You are only as good as your last race and you don’t want to think too far ahead of yourself and just get the job done. “Having a new sponsor on board means that we are also under a different sort of pressure but we want to embrace it and use it to our advantage,” a positive Woolcock concluded. For more information on KAPsani2c®: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za.
  10. The recent Rural Animal Welfare project at Jolivet Farm just outside Highflats was a resounding success for the KAP sani2c as they sponsored all of the medicine used to spay and neuter over 90 dogs as well as inoculate over 400 more. Carl de Heer/ Gameplan Media Jolivet Farm, the venue of the KAP sani2c second stage’s overnight stop, provided the ideal venue for the locally driven Rural Animal Welfare project to continue the good work that they do amongst the dog-owning community of these rural areas where little to no care is readily available for animals. “I have lived in Ixopo and I see what these dogs go through!” founder Sally Hayter explained. “Glynnis Shewan and I were given the opportunity to raise money and so we decided that animal welfare was an area that we were both passionate about and that is how we started Rural Animal Welfare.” As the initiative started to take shape, Hayter realised the importance of getting others that shared her passion for animal welfare to join the project and luckily was were able to find a vet that was just as enthusiastic about caring for these rural animals. “We approached Lauren Williams, our local vet, and she explained how she had been wanting to do something similar to this so immediately got involved. “All of the people that are involved are here on a voluntary basis but are incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about treating these animals!” Hayter added. Many of the locals in the community surrounding the Jolivet Farm and beyond bought their dogs through to be spayed and neutered as part of the KAP sani2c sponsored drive orchestrated by the Ixopo based Rural Animal Welfare project to treat dogs and educate the community about the importance of animal welfare. Carl de Heer/ Gameplan Media Non-profit organisations and community projects often have to rely on big business to thrive and with such a high demand for the service that Hayter and her team provide, it was a perfect opportunity for the KAP sani2c to lend a helping hand. “We have got so many dogs that we need to help and we have to rely solely on donations and volunteers to do our jobs. “When we approached Mandy Haw and the KAP sani2c team we were thrilled by how quick they were to get involved! “They have sponsored all of the medicine that was needed and they were incredible in hosting us at Jolivet for the weekend and providing such a great environment for us to treat as many dogs as we possibly could. “We are always going to have to revisit these areas and continue the work we do because it is important that we don’t let these owners slip back into the ways of the past, but this recent effort has been a greats step in the right direction!” a passionate Hayter added. Teaching the local people the importance of treating their dogs is of major importance for Hayter as this prevents issues reoccurring in the future. “We managed to sterilize 92 animals, which were mainly female dogs but we got a few males too as well as a handful of cats. “We had vehicles fetching and returning dogs because they are often too weak to walk after the procedures so it was really something to behold, especially considering that we managed to inoculate, deworm, deflea and inject over 400 dogs on the day!” she added happily. For Mandy Haw and the KAP sani2c team, the value of getting involved in an initiative like the Rural Animal Welfare project is priceless. “The local people see how much healthier their dogs are following this treatment, which is a positive sign, and will hopefully mean a continued awareness of the importance of these treatments for dogs,” Haw said. “After the success of the first two drives we are hoping that we will be able to do another one in October and Jolivet provides us with the perfect environment for the operations with its central location. “Trying to get into the deeper parts of the Umkomaas Valley is going to be difficult but we are hoping that we can carry on these projects right the way along the race route!” she concluded eagerly. For more information on KAP sani2c: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za
  11. The Ixopo based Rural Animal Welfare project recently rolled out the second of their popular sterilization and treatment campaigns in the Ixopo region of KwaZulu-Natal thanks in the main to the KAP sani2c’s support, giving local community members the opportunity to have their dogs neutered or spayed free of charge as well as inoculated as part of the project’s greater educational initiative in the region. Click here to view the article
  12. As the elite athletes start shifting their focus to the upcoming KAP sani2c Johann Rabie and Hendrik Kruger will join forces to take on some of the best MTB single track in the country over the three-day event with eyes on claiming the illustrious title in their first sani2c together when the race finishes in Scottburgh on Saturday, 14 May. Click here to view the article
  13. The Team Telkom duo had a disappointing ABSA Cape Epic with Kruger having to withdraw through illness however the pair has a busy racing schedule coming up and want to put their Epic frustration behind them and focus on the races that are coming up. Team Telkom star Johann Rabie will be hoping that he and team mate Hendrik Kruger can go one better than his previous two runners-up finishes at the 2016 KAP sani2c starting from 12-14 May. Supplied/ Gameplan Media “Epic wasn’t great for us with Hendrik having a stomach bug,” Rabie mentioned. “sani2 was always on our radar along with joberg2c – which comes up before sani – so we have a lot of racing to do in the near future which is exciting. The KAP sani2c has not been the happiest of races for Rabie who has finished as the runner-up in the previous two editions of the race, with Swiss ace Konny Looser in 2015 and Gawie Combrinck in 2014 so there is very little encouragement needed for Rabie in 2016. “Last year I think we were a bit unlucky with Konny being tired from his travels which meant that we had a poor first day but besides from that we were really strong and if it wasn’t for that I think we were in with a good chance of winning the race. “The two second place finishes means that I am really hoping to go one better this year but we are not putting any pressure on ourselves going into the race – we want to have a solid three days of racing,” Rabie added. Rabie’s fortunes in the longer Old Mutual joberg2c have been more positive having won the previous two editions of the race with Gawie Combrink. As the joberg2c takes preferential treatment at this stage Rabie understands the benefits of the longer stage race in the build up to the KAP sani2c. “The joberg2c always gives us a good base to work from going forward into the sani2c and with the longer nine stage race you are able to get yourself into some good form during the race. “It is just a bonus that we use some of the same tracks for both races which does give you a better indication of what to expect and how to handle the course Hendrik Kruger will be teaming up with fellow Team Telkom star Johann Rabie as they prepare to take on the KAP sani2c starting from 12-14 May. Zoon Cronje/ Gameplan Media “We just want to try and stay out of trouble throughout the race. If wan manage that then I think that we should have a good chance despite there being some serious competition for the top honours,” a circumspect Rabie explained. The Rabie and Kruger combination might be in its infancy however both are aware of their strengths and how they can take on the defending champion pair of Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock. Rabie feels that their build up to the race will be very similar to 2015. “I love stage racing and have been doing it for a few years now so I understand the best ways to prepare for a race and I don’t think I am going to do anything different this year to last year. “Hendrik is a strong rider and I am looking forward to taking on the challenge with him,” commented Rabie. For more information on KAPsani2c®: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za
  14. KAP sani2c stalwart Flavio Scarpa shows off his Black Mamba jersey during the 2015 edition of the race. As one of only 18 riders to have completed all 11 sani2c's Scarpa couldn't picture a year without the race. Jetline Action Photo/ Gameplan Media Dubbed the 'Black Mambas', Scarpo was part of the group of 18 riders in 2014 honoured for having done every one of the first ten editions of the race from outside Himeville to Scottburgh, and plans to do keep on doing then tough three-day challenge every year. “It is such a great ride,” enthused Scarpa. A 51 year-old civil foreman at Sappi’s Umkomaas operation. “It’s got it all. There is such a great vibe around the race and at the overnight stops, and it is such good value for money.” Scarpa, himself a MTB race organiser and the man behind the popular Sappi Scottburgh MTB race, helped “Farmer” Glen Haw design the initial routes for the three day ride, and having ridden the route sixteen times between the sani2c, joberg2c and several recce routes Scarpa appreciates the way that the route has changed over the years. “It is easier now,” admits Scarpa. “The early sani2cs had some seriously tough hills, with legendary sections on Day Two like Satan, Haibo 1 and Haibo 2, and Rock Rabbit, that have all gone now. Some of the big climbs have gone and left a really flowing pleasant ride. “It’s the Black Mambas like me that can really appreciate how tough those early rides were, and how good a ride the race is now,” adds Scarpa. “The sani2c is as hard as you ride it. If you want it harder and more technical, just ride it faster! Scottburgh resident and mountain biking stalwart Flavio Scarpa will take on his 12th KAP sani2c in 2016 however he says the race has changed a lot over the years and singles out the 2006 edition he did with Graham Howes as one of the toughest. Supplied/ Gameplan Media “It is a race that you have to respect. You have to do the preparation otherwise you are going to battle,” says Scarpa. As one of the race regulars Scarpa has become a popular personality at the overnight stops. “A lot of the people at McKenzie and Jolivet have been there for many years and I really look forward to seeing the familiar faces. Lindsay, who is part of the catering team at McKenzie expects me to announce myself every year as the Arrival of the Italian Stallion! “That’s the vibe that makes this race so special,” he says. He is quick to single out the second day of the 2005 race as one of the toughest days he has ever had in the saddle. “There was a major downpour overnight and the drop into the Umko valley, back in the day when we went down those concrete strips, was pure mud. We slipped and slid and pushed our bikes all the way down to the river where the soil type changes before the climb out of the valley. “The one day that comes close was the first day of the 2006 race when the drizzle just never let up. We had at least 70km of pure mud. I remember some guys taking 12 hours to finish that day!” says Scarpa. Having taken part in all 12 editions of the KAP sani2c, Scottburgh local Flavio Scarpa attached photos of his late father and mother to his 'Black Mamba' number when he rode his tenth in 2014. Supplied/ Gameplan Media “I cannot imagine a year without a sani in it,” says Scarpa. “But I really can’t wait for is the chance to do it with my son. Next year he will be 17 I think he will be ready for it. He drops me over 20 kilometres now and longer than 40km I come back at home.” “I still get that same feeling every time I get to the finish in Scottburgh at the end of a sani2c. It is a mixture of relief, exhilaration and excitement,” says Scarpa. For more information on KAPsani2c®: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or http://www.sani2c.co.za.
  15. As one of the handful of riders to have done every single edition of the KAP sani2c, Scottburgh MTB stalwart Flavio Scarpa says the three day classic is very much part of his make-up and can’t wait to share the experience with his teenage son next year. Click here to view the article
  16. 2015 saw the organisers focus specifically on the overnight stops as they converted the start venue at Glencairn as well as the two overnight stops into luxury venues for riders which meant that Haw has made sure that they addressed the route in the build up to the race this year. The 2016 KAP sani2c will see some refreshed trails and tracks after event founder 'Farmer Glen' Haw threw his focus into providing riders with their trademark fast and flowing track for the event starting in Underberg on 10 May. Photo: Kelvin Trautman/Gameplan Media “We have made a few changes here and there along the route – no wholesale changes,” Haw mentioned. “There have been the inclusion of a few new sections which will make the riding slightly more technical however the level of technicality still remains with the riders. “If they want to fly through the sections of single track then they are welcome to and the riders who are a little more circumspect can take it a little slower – we are catering for all abilities once again,” added Haw. The route, which took around eight years to set up before the first sani2c, has undergone some minor, yet interesting, changes for the 2016 event and Haw believes that even the most hardy of sani2c rider will be surprised by some of the new elements. “I have always maintained that good trail can be ridden forever which is something that our routes have been able to live up to which has meant that the need for big changes has never been there but with a few tweaks here and there we have made enough of a change to give everyone something new. “Our trails have to be right and they have to be fast and flowing and well-presented which is something that is vitally important for us so these slights changes have definitely added value to the route,” he explained. The biggest changes have come on the opening day of the race along the stretch from the start at Glencairn to just after the first watering table. “We have had to change the Acutt’s single track and have added about two kilometres to this section as well as just shake up the Oak single track section and then just after the first watering table we have had to change the route due to harvesting. “We have also changed the decent in Chestnut Valley and the riders who remember this section will be in for a nice little surprise,” Haw said. The iconic descent into the Umkomaas Valley on the second stage has also undergone a face-lift. With spectacular views and breath-taking single track being the norm at the KAP sani2c, 2016 has seen some slight adjustments to the trails and tracks which will benefit the riders and give the hardcore sani2c stalwarts a welcome surprise when the event starts in Underberg on 10 May. Photo: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media “There is a new section along a contour path going into the valley on the second day which will add a bit of time to your day but will make it more enjoyable for sure,” said Haw. The Umkomaas Valley ascent is one of the toughest yet most memorable parts of the sani2c and Haw has tried many different approaches to this tricky ascent however he has been unable to find a suitable alternative. “We have searched for ways to change the second days approach to the finish but we realise if we go further into the valley then it’s just going to be more difficult to get out,” he mentioned light heartedly. “Having a race that is created on trail that cannot be ridden any other time of the year, besides for joberg2c, means that most riders will only see these trails once a year which makes the race unique and getting our trails right is the most important element of the event,” Haw concluded. For more information visit www.sani2c.co.za
  17. The 2016 edition of the KAP sani2c is approaching and with yet another fully subscribed event race founder ‘Farmer Glen’ Haw and his team have refreshed the signature trails and tracks that have made the event one of the most popular mountain bike events in South Africa. Click here to view the article
  18. Hi Is there a shuttle service from Johannesburg to start of Sani2C?
  19. Underberg - KAP Industrial Holdings Limited, a JSE listed company, is proud to announce a B-BBEE partnership with sani2c mountain bike event, and hereby introduces the KAP sani2c. Click here to view the article
  20. sani2c was started 12 years ago in order to raise funds for a school in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, and is now rated as the largest staged mountain bike event in the world. The race is a premier event on the South African sporting calendar drawing 4 500 competitors annually from around the world and covers a route of 260km from the foothills of the Drakensberg to the sea. A key consideration in our decision to partner with sani2c, is the strong social upliftment objectives of the event,” explains Gary Chaplin, CEO of KAP. KAP has had a longstanding involvement with sani2c through its PG Bison timber operations in the KwaZulu-Natal region. As sani2c has grown into a world class event, so too has KAP grown into a leading South African industrial company, thereby enabling it to increase its involvement in this event.“A key consideration in our decision to partner with sani2c, is the strong social upliftment objectives of the event,” explains Gary Chaplin, CEO of KAP. sani2c employs people from 12 communities along the route to assist in the organisation of the event, and contributes to various schools, charities and environmental groups in the region. This results in more than R9m per annum being injected directly into the communities along the route and a further R48m (SA Tourism) estimated to be spent in the region as a result of the event. “It is fantastic to be involved in a world class event of this nature with such a strong social conscience, it really aligns with our culture,” concludes Chaplin. Event founder, Glen Haw is excited about the new partnership and had these comments. “We have had a very long term indirect relationship with KAP, initially through the PG Bison brand. Fittingly it was the PG Bison floating bridge which initiated our relationship. This innovative first of a kind structure has become a world recognizable feature of sani2c. Upliftment of the local communities through which the KAP sani2c passes each year is central to the ethos of1 2 year old mountain bike stage race. Kelvin Trautman/ Gameplan Media "Now some 12 years later we are again innovatively bridging the gap by further supporting the sani2c communities through our CSI and B-BBEE partnership with KAP and its brands.” “Over the 12 years our relationship with KAP through its brands has grown to where we see it today. Unknowingly we purchased over 6000 mattresses for the event from KAP’s Vitafoam brand in the early years!” “We at sani2c look forward to this exciting new venture with KAP where all parties will benefit. None more so than the KAP sani2c communities who have worked so hard to position the event to where it stands today.” Haw passionately concluded. KAP sani2c takes place from 10 to 14 May 2016. Upliftment of the local communities through which the KAP sani2c passes each year is central to the ethos of1 2 year old mountain bike stage race.Kelvin Trautman/ Gameplan Media KAP Industrial Holdings Limited is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and incorporates the following brands; Unitrans, Greyhound, Citiliner, Megabus, PG Bison, Formica, Corian, Hosaf, Feltex, Restonic, Vitafoam and DesleeMattex. The company operates in 12 African countries, owning and operating 34 manufacturing sites, 3500 specialist logistics vehicles and 1250 passenger transport vehicles. KAP employs 18 400 people and has a level 4 B-BBEE rating. For more information on KAPsani2c®: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za For more information on KAP Industrial Holdings Limited: Info@KAP.co.za or www.kap.co.za
  21. Glenn Harnden


    Looking for a team entry for Sani2C
  22. CycleOps VIP is offering a Sani2c 12 week trainingprogram for those cyclists keen to train and get ready for the race. Our location along Rivonia road has easy access for clients traveling to and from Sandton. Included in the packages is full access to the facilities within the hub, such facilities include showers, change rooms, toilets, coffee bar and many more.Our training hub makes use of only the best CycleOps equipment that is kept hygienically clean and maintained on a daily basis for consistent and accurate training.Our partnership with the world’s leading online endurance monitoring software, TrainingPeaks.com, enables clients to view their training data immediately after completing a workout on their smart phone and tablet or online with their unique user login. Training with Power is a precise measure of the exact amount of work you do and enables one to establish a quantifiable baseline level of fitness known as Functional Threshold Power (FTP). The ability to create specific training zones personalized to your level of fitness is then achievable and micro changes in fitness can then be monitored.You have twice the chance of achieving your fitness goals with a proper training plan.Contact us on: 011 072 0847 or email: info@cycleopsvip.co.za
  23. The eleventh edition of the hugely popular three day mountain biking stage race from Glencairn Farm in Underberg to Scottburgh Main Beach on KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast gets underway on 12 May when the Trail event commences and is hotly followed by the start of the Adventure a day later. Kevin Evans (pictured), formerly of FedGroup Itec and now riding for Biogen-Volcan, will go in search of a record seventh Nedbank sani2c crown in May this year when he and Max Knox look to successfully defend their title. // Photo: Andrew McFadden/ Gameplan Media. The sport’s racing snakes take to the trails for the first time on Thursday 14 May and will come home in front of a sizeable crowd in Scottburgh on Saturday 16 May with Biogen-Volcan’s pairing of Evans and Knox eager to ensure it is them who reach this point fastest. “In the ten years of the sani2c’s existence, Kevin (Evans) has won it six times and myself three!” explains 27 year-old Knox. “There has only been one year since the start of this prestigious race that at least one of us haven’t stood on the podium so it’s definitely a race we enjoy and are keen to do well in again in 2015!” Knox believes the pair’s unrivalled success at the event means the pressure usually associated with the defending champions label is significantly reduced. “We’ve won it before and there’s no real pressure for us to get number seven or number four respectively. “We can afford to a bit more laid back in the build up to this year’s event and let the others worry about the racing ahead of time. “Come race day, we’ll definitely be looking to defend our title though!” The sani2c carries added sentimental importance for Knox who has close family ties to the race’s start town in the Southern Drakensberg while a disappointing 23rd overall finishing at the recent ABSA Cape Epic has given the duo added motivation to put in another strong showing. “My uncle lives in Underberg, my cousins own the local Spar up there, I even spent some of my childhood years living there so to take part in the sani2c and do well in that particular race really means a lot to me!” “Kev and I have received fantastic support from Biogen, Volcan and a few others so far this season and had a really good start to the year with a couple of positive results. Former FedGroup Itec rider Max Knox (pictured) will look to successfully combine once more with fellow Biogen-Volcan ace Kevin Evans at this year's Nedbank sani2c. // Photo: Kyle Gilham/ Gameplan Media “Epic unfortunately didn’t go according to plan for us so it really would be a special treat for our sponsors if we were able to get the win at sani(2c) again.”The experienced marathon racing pair have opted for contrasting Cape Epic recovery regimes in the build up to this year’s sani2c however do not believe this will be an issue given the understanding they have of one another’s racing style. “We’re both busy recovering from Epic at the moment before Kev then looks to ride the (Old Mutual) joBerg2c with a friend as a training block ahead of sani2c. “Being ten years older than me, that extra mileage is something Kev has learnt works for him however I know that’s not for me. I’ll just be doing the Ashburton race in Clarens between now and sani(2c). “Our different approaches aren’t an issue for us; we’ve ridden together many times before and we know each other’s racing styles really well. “We’re both have quite an aggressive, attacking riding style and mentality we’re also quite similar in that we both really enjoy winning and are super competitive,” adds Knox. While the likes of Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB’s Philip Buys, Matthys Beukes, Arno du Toit and Gert Heyns, Full Dynamix’s duo of Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker as well as Kargo Pro MTB’s Brendon Davids and Alan Hatherly won’t be on this year’s sani2c start line due to their UCI MTB World Cup commitments, Knox still expects a still challenge at the front of the men’s race. “Even though some of the cross country specialists will be missing this year, it will still be a great field I’m sure and anyone with a number board on the front of their bike is a competitor you have to worry about; you can’t write anyone off. “The Epic just showed how much stronger the local mountain biking scene is getting and I’m sure it’s going to be another really tough race at this year’s sani2c!” says Knox. More information can be found at www.sani2c.co.za.
  24. With little over six weeks to go until the starter’s gun fires and sends participants of the 2015 Nedbank sani2c on their way, defending champions Kevin Evans and Max Knox have confirmed they will be back again in an attempt to retain their title. Click here to view the article
  25. Hi everyone, If anyone is selling a Sani2c entry (Race, Ride or Adventure) for 2016 then please can you let me know?! We really keen to enter a ladies team. Michelle email: michelleva114@gmail.com
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