Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 148

During the event, 9 600 of donuts and 500 kg of bananas are consumed! Jolivet Start of Day 3 Whitley’s Way Clint’s Climb Water Point 1 at 22 km A total of 23 x eight ton trucks are used to move the three events to the sea Day 3 Ascent: 681 m Descent: 1 315 m 83 km 22 km Water Point 1 58 km Water Point 2 0 10 19 28 38 48 59 68 79 Work To Be Done Cane Maize Ricky’s Rail A total of three doctors are on call, four 4WD ALS (advanced life support) response vehicles, two ILS (intermediate life support) response vehicles and seven ambulances on standby. During this event +- 3 375 pain killers are handed out. Water Point 2 at 58 km Hansgrohe Floating Bridge Dave’s Toll Moodie Lane Scottburgh Primary School End of Day 3 through Kevard and Invernettie Farms and enter Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve via the back gate. The steep, technical climb known as Work to be Done is always a challenge and special test where those veteran sani2c riders will tell you how much harder it was in the old days! Look out for the wildlife and appreciate the cheeky zebra that often escort cyclists through their plains. The terrain changes as you follow the tracks through the reserve, and climaxes with some spectacular single track through the Mtagati coastal bush. After leaving Vernon Crookes prepare for the fast, sweeping descent into the valley and onto Esparanza Farm. Stay with the group and conserve here as you race along the valley floor and into the Lions Club table at the 58km mark. Leaving the table, you’ll be mistaken to think that the finish is close as there is still plenty of work to be done and it’s not wise to go too hard too soon. A specially constructed underpass at Esparanza takes you on to a spectacular section named Ricky’s Rail. This old railway route winds down the banks of the Kelso River and onto Dave’s Toil that will take you out of the valley. You are led onto an old golavaan track, now cleared, and it is here that you experience Lost and Found, another little gem of sani2c signature flowy trail. Then there’s a gentle gravel road climb up Dump Hill where you are well advised to eat and drink before you head into the spectacular mountain bike park of Ellingham Trails. Andre’s Underpass leads you back under the R612 and into Highway, a great initiative that not only serves for the race but offers a year-round off-road safe passage for mountain bikers holidaying in the Scottburgh area. Watch for the sharp left hander taking you onto Renishaw Trails before an exhilarating ride down into the sea breeze. A sprint will get you into Moodie Lane first and leads you onto the famous long, Hansgrohe floating bridge that snakes across the lagoon at Scottburgh Beach. Leaving the bridge, it’s a short climb up onto Beach Road and then an easy 2km time trial through to the new finish venue at Scottburgh Primary School. Moving from the beach to the junior school for our new finish venue will dramatically streamline the entire finish process, plus it’s great for the school and we’re looking forward to making it our home for years to come. Feel justifiably proud that you’ve achieved a feat that many would never consider. Be grateful that you’re strong and healthy as you celebrate the successful completion of a life experience. Well done, and thank you for supporting all those along the 300km route to the coast. You are a legend. PHOTOGRAPH KEVIN SAWYER 148 | MTB | sani2c During the event, 9 600 of donuts and 500 kg of bananas are consumed! 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