First edition of the Dusi2c under way today

2013-06-22 00:00

THE first edition of the Dusi2c mountain bike race gets under way from the Camps Drift pavilion in Pietermaritzburg shortly after sunrise this morning. This promises the big entry of two-rider teams a 130 km two-day adventure through the valley of a Thousand Hills following the Dusi Canoe Marathon route, and enjoying the hospitality and personal touches that have made the Sani2c and joBerg2c races legendary.

Ideal weather is expected for the big field of riders, which includes some of the country’s elite mountain bikers and many seasoned riders with Sani2c and joBerg2c experience. 2012 ROAG series winner Andrew Hill and his partner Leeroy Emslie make up team TIB Insurance and will start as hot favourites, while the RMB Change A Life Academy duo of John Ntuli and Bongamusa Zikhali will be eager to exploit what they see as homeground advantage.

“It should be a really exciting couple of days of riding this weekend,” said Hill. “You always know when you enter a Farmer Glen event that it’s going to be quality and that you’re going to experience the best track that could possibly have been built, so it should be great.”

Also in the field is the new Dusi champion Lance Kime, who will be riding with his cousin Owen Gandar, as part of the social contingent in the field. Apart from preparing to compete, Kime has also recently spent time in the valley assisting the Haw family and their team of helpers with the route preparation.

“It is single track heaven,” said Kime. “The guys will basically be riding new single track all the way to Durban. And it’s not the sort of single track that we are used to, which is normally through forests. This is through rural grasslands and it is unbelievable.”

The race will break new ground for the sport in South Africa as it will be raced entirely by GPS navigation and the route, incorporating the new single track that has been cut specifically for the race, will not be marked by traditional flags and boards. The idea, the brainchild of race director Glen Haw, is being viewed with interest as a pilot project for future races in the country.

“Part of the idea is based on the need to guarantee the safety of every single rider in the field,” says Haw. “Safety is and will always be our number one priority.

“But it is also based on the reality that traditional marking is flawed,” he added. “We know that youngsters in the valley take delight in either removing or redirecting markers set out for mountain bike races. The GPS route is basically infallible.”

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