Sani2C Day 2

2010-03-05 00:00

It’s day two of the SUBARU Sani2c, and I am discovering just how remarkable these cyclists are.

I’ve been secretly rooting for the Maritzburg-Hillcrest duo of David Low and Carl Calverley, and was sad to hear David had hurt his knee and was unable to continue today.

What’s remarkable is this is David’s first Sani2c and, even so, the boys came in 12th (out of 750!) yesterday.

Hasqvarna’s Rodger Jackson stressed “anyone finishing in the top 20 in this race is a phenomenal sportsperson.”

And, while all these cyclists are amazing, some are just downright incredible.

Take Janine Amsel – Janine turned 40 yesterday, is a mother of two small children and is riding her first Sani2c.

She started training in January, and the longest she had ever ridden before yesterday was 40kms. By the end of today, Janine rode just under 200kms.

She has an arts degree specialising in jewellery design and is a practicing CA.

Plus, Janine is just plain nice. She is graceful, friendly and too humble to talk about her achievements. It’s her husband, Clive, who does the gushing for her.

I also got to spend some time with Sean Holmes, who cringed when his skateboarder friend, Darryl Katz, introduced him as “the world renowned surfer” – which he is.

Sean shrugged said he was “a tired surfer,” and continued to talk about his love for extreme sport and the race.

After a day and night of rain, mist and dreariness, the sun is out and spirits are up. Everyone seems ready for the last stretch to the sea.

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