Sani2c Adventure: wet weather does little to dampen spirits of 750 cyclists

2010-03-04 00:00

GREY, wet weather did little to dampen the spirits of about 750 cyclists who rode from Underberg to Ixopo yesterday on the first leg of the Subaru Sani2c Adventure event.

By 6.30 pm, cyclists were huddled in groups in a huge white tent at Mackenzie Country Club in Ixopo to get food, feel warmer and swop stories about their day.

Travis Krause was among the cyclists who rode the single-track route. “It was very, very good,” he said.

“The wet weather made the going a bit tough; the scenery was great, but it was a pity we couldn’t see it all because of the thick fog.”

Krause said the race is better than its more competitive counterpart, the Sani2c race, because “we have a good time and just enjoy the ride”.

The cyclists had the support of local residents and schoolchildren who cheered from the roadside.

After the gruelling day, riders could relax; the Killers’ Human blared over the speakers while families walked in and out of the marquee.

A seemingly endless row of tents made the country club look like an upmarket refugee camp; only these “refugees” were mostly in high spirits — laughing and eating as they meandered through the rows.

The wet weather changed plans for the race — the rain had damaged the off-road routes where cyclists usually cycle in batches. Instead, they set off at 6 am in one large group on their way to Jolivet.

Today, another group of 750 cyclists will make their way to the club from Underberg as part of the Sani2c race.

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