KAP sani2c spirits high despite muddy Friday

With two events still out on the trails between Mackenzie Club and Scottburgh, the KAP sani2c main race’s second stage on Friday was ridden as a neutral day after torrential overnight rain meant that race organisers had to cancel the infamous Umko descent for safety reasons, resulting in no official times.

‘Farmer’ Glen Haw made the decision to cancel the treacherous descent into the Umkomaas Valley early on Friday morning, and for the first time in the race’s 13- year history a stage was neutralized.

 

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PYGA Euro Steel's Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes were prominent on the front of the group during the neutral second stage of the 2017 KAP sani2c from Mackenzie Club to Jolivet on Friday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

 

Riders were informed they had to complete the shortened route in order to be able to compete for positions on Saturday’s final stage to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. With a large amount of tar road riding on the cards, riders were able to take a leisurely ride to the second overnight stop at Jolivet just outside Highflats.

 

The trying weather continued through Friday with temperatures just creeping over 10 degrees along with a driving wind and persistent rain. The conditions made for some testing times with riders caked in mud from their forays off the tar.

 

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Douw and Gerrit du Preez looked to be having a great time during the neutral second stage of the 2017 KAP sani2c from Mackenzie Club to Jolivet on Friday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

 

Despite the testing conditions, riders took the elements in their stride as they sniffed a shot at making up for the neutral stage on their Saturday charge to the ocean.

 

The sprint to the Indian Ocean on Saturday is going to be an exciting shootout with conditions and times suggesting that the racing could be tight. PYGA Euro Steel’s Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes hold a 44-second lead over NAD Pro MTB’s Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell with Team BCX’s Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger a further nine seconds behind in third place.

 

In the women’s showdown, the dark-horse pair of Valencia Ladies’ Sam Sanders and Amy Mcdougall are in an unexpected pole position with a one minute 47 second advantage over defending champions dormakaba’s Candice Lill and Vera Adrian.

 

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One part of the leading Valencia Ladies' duo Amy Mcdougall (far left) was joined by the dormakaba pair of Candice Lill and Vera Adrian during the neutral second stage of the 2017 KAP sani2c from Mackenzie Club to Jolivet on Friday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

 

In third and hoping to make up for a poor opening stage is the Ascendis Health pairing of Mariska Strauss and Robyn de Groot. But they are just over ten minutes behind the leaders and unlikely to have enough time to improve their position on the fast 82km stage between Jolivet and the finish line on Saturday.

 

Friday saw the conclusion of the Adventure event as riders made their way from Jolivet to Scottburgh. The conditions were just as trying for the field in that event as they tackled the route to the finish.

 

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The ecstasy of getting to the finish line at Scottburgh was clearly evident at the end of the Adventure during the 2017 KAP sani2c on Friday. Em Gatland/ Gameplan Media

 

Saturday's final stage of the Race takes riders from Jolivet to Scottburgh to conclude the 2017 KAP sani2c.
For more information on KAPsani2c: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za

 






1 Comments

FCH, May 12 2017 05:25

Safety concerns or concern that the trail will get a serious amount of wear & tear when its this muddy? Must have rained a bucket and some for Glenn to make this call. Pity for riders to miss the drop.