THE 2012 sani2c mountain-bike race begins tomorrow.

2012-05-14 00:00

The event, which participants have dubbed as one of the most beautiful and most gruelling MTB events in the world, is expected to raise millions and make a significant impact on residents along its 250 km route from the Sani Pass in Underberg to Scottburgh on the coast.

Last year, from the money that was rasied in the event, R5,2 million was paid directly to beneficiaries in surrounding communities and R40 million was gained in tourism spend, said Tourism South Africa.

It also created jobs and has also helped schools.

Organisers expect revenue from this year’s event to be even higher.

Brett Lambert, head of KwaZulu- Natal Region for BoE Private Clients, said he is overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of riders for the green initiatives planned for the event.

“We are excited that 1 298 trees have already been pledged by cyclists to offset the carbon footprint of the race. The route takes us through some of the most spectacular parts of KZN and we want to preserve this beautiful environment as much as possible.”

In addition, revenue raised by the race is channelled to projects aimed at uplifting the region.

Sani2c comprises three separate events: the sani2c trail from May15 to 17, the sani2c adventure from May 16 to 18 and the sani2c race from 17 to 19 May.

Day one begins at Underberg school and takes riders to MacKenzie Country Club in Ixopo.

Day two ends at Jolivet, south of Highflats, and day three finishes at Scottburgh High School.

Riders will cross 76 farms and ride alongside the Umkomaas River in the world’s largest multi-stage mountain-bike event.

— Supplied.

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