City2C a nine-day, 900-km race like no other

2011-05-13 00:00

ORGANISERS hailed the Fairbairn Capital Joburg2c, a nine-day, 900-kilometre cycle escapade across South Africa which ended at Scottburgh at the weekend, as an outstanding success.

“We have around 30 kilometres of new trail on the first three days alone,” said Gauteng-based Craig Wapnick, who organised the race.

The journey started from Heidelberg (south of Johannesburg) and ran through the north-eastern Free State, down the escarpment into KwaZulu-Natal, along the foothills of the Drakensberg and finally to Scottburgh via the Umkomaas valley.

“Nine days and 900 kilometres is a huge commitment. But the cyclists will keep coming back for more as long as the villages continue to feed them great farm food, provide them with hot showers and as long as we create more and more single track, ” says Wapnick.

“This is the second year of the Joburg2c race and it has given the racers an opportunity to see some of the nicest parts of South Africa from within the heart of the countryside.

The challenge has been to complete each day with some energy left for the evenings to have some fun,” said Phil Liggett, on behalf of the cyclists.

“Everybody who takes part appreciates the work and friendship that has blended into a bond to make it a very special nine days.

“I cannot think of a similar race anywhere in the world,” Ligget said.

Wapnick says the support and commitment from the farmers along the route are crucial to the event’s success. “Our formula is not about charity, but rather about hard work for big rewards. Joburg2c is riding the off-roads less travelled and trails never travelled. It is racing, riding and touring across this magnificent country. Our aim is to provide a journey where the destination is less important than the experience along the way,” he said.

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