Toti pair seek ‘Sani Dragon’ podium position

2016-09-28 06:00
Brennan Anderson. Photo: gameplan media

Brennan Anderson. Photo: gameplan media

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AMANZIMTOTI training partners Brennan Anderson and Hendrik Bester are looking forward to making their debut appearance at the Fedauto Sani Dragon, in association with Mortimer Toyota, when this year’s race takes place on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October.

The two-day Southern Drakensberg event is fast growing and with a second-stage climb up to the finish line at the top of Sani Pass, this year’s Sani Dragon was one race the pair were not going to miss.

“We’ve never been up Sani Pass, let alone by bike, so that was definitely the draw card for us to come and do the Sani Dragon this year,” says Anderson.

Despite having never competed as a team previously and Anderson being 13 years Bester’s junior, the upper South Coast duo believe they have the makings of a good partnership.

““We’ve never raced together before, but both being from Toti, we are regular training partners and are looking forward to racing the Sani Dragon as teammates,” says Anderson.

“Perhaps having turned 40 in January, Hendrik is the experience in the team and I, at 27 , am more the ‘exuberance of youth’,” he says.

While unsure of the strength of the rest of the field, the pair remain quietly confident that they can challenge for a podium place next weekend.

“We’ll definitely look to give it our all while we’re out there,” says Anderson.

“We’ve been training as much as possible throughout the winter, and even before then, and recently we’ve been trying to prepare the lungs as best we can for the climb up Sani Pass.

“Even though we’ll be riding through such a beautiful part of the world, we’ll look to go as hard as we can on both days and then we can appreciate the view once we’ve crossed the finish line at the top of Sani Pass.”

Bester, who finished second at the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race in mid-August, believes the pair take some good confidence with them.

“Scottburgh was definitely my best result of the year, but I’ve also picked up a few age group podiums throughout the year as well.

“We train together too and so know each other’s strengths quite well, so I think we’re both quite confident and feeling good about the Sani Dragon,” says Bester.

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