Video: 2019 KAP sani2c Race highlights

KAP sani2c Day 1 Race highlights

Clear skies and warm weather greeted the riders of the race at the start of their KAP sani2c on Thursday. Amongst the racing snakes and the experienced hands were some slightly less experienced riders but all with the same nervous energy that accompanies the start of a race. The trails were in immaculate shape and the riders revelled in the hospitality at the various water stations as they wound their way from the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg through the timber belt to Mackenzie Club. The fast-paced stage gave the riders a brilliant prologue to what will be their toughest test – the famous descent into the Umkomaas Valley on Friday. The smiles on the faces of the riders as they crossed the finish line at Mackenzie is a testament to the popularity of the trails and the pure enjoyment that the KAP sani2c dishes up.

KAP sani2c Day 2 Race highlights

The second and longest stage of the KAP sani2c saw a tale of two races as the PYGA Euro Steel duo of Matthys Beukes and Phil Buys put the rest of the field to the sword in the second half of the race and opened up a gap of over three minutes going into the final stage on Saturday. They used their strength to stretch the chasing DSV Pro Cycling team of Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit and the youngsters didn’t have an answer and settled for second while NAD Pro MTB’s Matt Beers and Stuart Marais finished third. It was the ladies race that produced all the drama with the lead changing on numerous occasions but it was the Galileo Risk team of Theresa Ralph and Sarah Hill who held out in the end sprint to win the stage. Dormakaba’s Robyn de Groot and Sam Sanders managed to hold on to their general classification advantage ahead of Saturday’s final 86km rush to the sea.

KAP sani2c Day 3 Race highlights