Sani2c ’11: bigger and better

2011-05-14 00:00

The Subaru sani2c event — the largest fully serviced mountain-bike race in the world — last year raised approximately R4,42 million for various beneficiary organisations along its route from Underberg to Scottburgh.

Despite a decision to reduce the entrants this year, organisers are confident that they will match or improve on this figure. “There are no volunteers. Every organisation that works on the event is paid for its services,” said organiser Glen Haw, who pioneered the community-driven approach. He said it is a foolproof way for communities to raise money while adding value to the off-road event, which comprises a more social adventure component (May 18 to 20) and a race (May 19 to 21). “For each of these, there is a core team of 125 people,” said Haw. “It’s difficult to estimate, but the total manpower involved would probably be closer to 2 000.” Haw said the services required included route marking, the manning of waterpoints, catering, bike washing, security, cleaning, setting up of tents and so on. Although they could source some of these functions slightly cheaper commercially, organisers chose to make a difference in their immediate surrounds. “The work delivered must conform to a certain standard though,” said Haw. “I need to be able to justify the costs to my riders.”

He said it is a proven empowerment model, which had been refined over the years and adopted by a number of other races, including the Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c which finished in Scottburgh last weekend and FedGroup Berg and Bush.

Tourism South Africa estimates that the race generates a further R40 million annually in indirect spending for the region.


Greytown MTB Classic

Endurance rider Andrew Hill won the 50 km race in the Stark Ayres Greytown MTB Classic in 2:1:0 with Carl Calverley placed second (2:05,46) ahead of Piers Morgan (2:17,33).

Tyrone White took the victory in the traditional 45 km classic in a time of 1:58:59 — two seconds ahead of Andrew Warr with Daniel Carleton placing third (2:07:23). Julia Colvin stole the show in the women’s race (2:37:50) with veteran Jenny Reynolds second (2:48:45) and Shale Biggs third (2:48:58). Always a popular event, the 25 km appeals to the majority of riders. Mark Walker and Frankie du Toit were the respective men’s and women’s winners.



The second event in the KZN Momentum Health short-course series takes place at the Roy Hesketh Conservancy tomorrow morning. The series is hosted by the KZN MTB Commission with the first four events being run in batch format that is designed to encourage greater participation and development of all riders.

Batch format racing pits riders against others of similar strength, irrespective of age or gender, resulting in an overall improvement of the standard of all riders. Each batch will race for a specific time plus one lap. This will ensure every rider gets full value from the event as they will not be pulled off the course if they are lapped (as is done in conventional XC racing). Registration is up to 45 minutes before the start of the race at the event itself. The first race (for A batch riders) starts at 8 am with riders racing for 90 minutes plus one lap.

This is not a schools series, but the official KZN Provincial Series.

For further info contact Vicky Peddle on 082 896 6864.



Cycle Lab SuperCycling Race Team represented Pietermaritzburg at the recent SA National Track Champs in Cape Town at the Bellville Velodrome and hauled in the medals, with Bernard Esterhuizen winning four gold medals for the 1 000 m, 1 500 m, the Kierin and the Time Trial.

Trevor Thompson, a member ot the team, commented on behalf of the team: “It was a chilly Cape Town, fast pace racing, super hard but awesome”.



Cyclists are encouraged to support the next event in the KZN Lassen Series which takes place on the Camperdown circuit tomorrow morning. Racing is scheduled for an early start at 6.30 am. Inquiries: Michelle Matthews at 084 407 5566.



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