Expect thrills aplenty as the big guns go head to head in the Subaru sani2c

2010-02-26 00:00

THREE thousand passionate mountain bikers will be gearing up and down for another Subaru sani2c mountain biking frenzy.

The event, to be held on March 3 to 6, is now in its sixth year. It is the largest stage race in the world, and more importantly is consistently voted a favourite among riders.

Among the 3 000 riders are a few world champions.

Team-mates Steve Peat and Greg Minnaar are legends in downhill mountain biking.

Between them they have won every title available, and last year, “Peaty”, as he is affectionately known, edged out Minnaar by point- something of a second in the World Champs Down Under.

This was the closest winning margin in the history of the event.

What many people don’t realise is that Peat and Minnaar are legends of the sani2c too. When they ride down the Umko Valley, hundreds of kids in the rural valley chant their names.

Peat and Minnaar will be teaming up once again to use the Subaru sani2c as a training ride for their hectic world cup downhill schedule, which kicks off in April.

If you want to see something spectacular, watch the two Santa Cruz Syndicate riders blast down the 20 km of pristine single track in the Umko Valley on Friday, March 5, early in the morning.

Another legend in the making taking part is Burry Stander, the current World U23 champion.

Stander has teamed up with Benmelt Swanepoel to form a powerhouse duo that is more than capable of winning the event.

Stander won his first senior World Cup Cross Country event last year, beating the king, Julien Absolom, in the process.

If mountain biking enjoyed the same status that it does in other countries, Minnaar and Stander would be national heroes.

Watch out for Stander: the bookies are tipping him to win the World Cup series soon.

While the world champs and other pro teams will be fighting it out for the podium, others will be fighting for survival.

Jonty Rhodes and his brother Clinton will be riding for the adventure. Clinton has taken up the challenge to get back into shape. At 125 kg he has come down from 149 kg and he is determined to finish.

The SA Rugby Legends will also be out in force promoting their cancer awareness fund-raising activities. Look out for Joel Stransky and company in their pink kit.

Then there are a whole host of interesting characters from all over the country who are famous in their own offices and who are champion moms and dads doing the event.

From doctors to lawyers, from CEOs to office clerks, the sani2c attracts them all.

There are two events that run back to back: the Subaru sani2c Adventure starting on March 3 and finishing three days later in Scottburgh, and the Subaru sani2c Race starting on March 4 and finishing on March 6 at the seaside town.

To find out about watching the race, visit www.sani2c.co.za and download the supporter’s map.


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