Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 144

THE 2018 ROUTE Get a taste of what to expect with the daily stage descriptions. We can assure you that KAP sani2c will always have plenty of its signature fast, smooth, fl owing single track where each rider dictates their level of technicality by adjusting their speed. Farmer Glen has been committed to improving the route since fi rst scouting rides way back in 1992. Please note that due to farming operations, the weather and various other factors, distances may vary slightly. As we get closer to the event chances of changes become less likely. 144 | MTB | sani2c DAY 1 Trail: 8 May Adventure: 9 May Race: 10 May Start: Glencairn Farm, Himeville, 8am Finish: Mackenzie Club, Eastwolds, Ixopo Distance: 82km Total ascent: 1 183m Water Point 1: 42km Water Point 2: 66km Average max temp: 28.4°C Sunrise (Sani): 6.33am Sunset (Mackenzie): 5.18pm After leaving the start at Glencairn Farm the fi rst 3.2km will be a neutral zone where all riders will stay behind a lead Subaru controlled at 15km. Thereafter the racing will begin with 16km on open district road. This will warm the legs, and the smallish drags will split the batches which may regroup as they race along the fast district road passing through green valleys fi lled with dairy cows. A left turn leads onto the farm of Pevency’s bearded mayor, Lyn Bloemeyer and his son, Joe. Their herd of Jersey cows will think you’re all nuts for travelling at such speed through their pastures. After passing Lyn’s pride and joy, his 9-tower centre pivot, you’ll enter the scenic farm of Charles Taylor, arguably one of the strongest farmers in Underberg. Take time to glance right at the majestic Southern Drakensberg while riding south to the familiar ground of Oak Maze. Remember to keep left and pass right on this dual track. Be careful on the fast, rough descent before breaking out onto a hard section of uphill single track through Death Valley. Death Valley will test your legs for the fi rst time and it has been included to eliminate the wide open road and the drag up to the fi rst spectator point. Here you will fi nd the fi rst group of excited supporters. You’ll cross the Railway line and there will be no respite before cresting the highest point of the event at View Climb. It’s your fi nal chance to steal a glance at the majestic Drakensberg before you head off downhill towards the sea. More keep left, pass right double single track will lead you down The Ferns and then into the cool pine forests of Bramble Ripper. Here, there are some fl owing turns (watch the green moss!) through the young pines before