- A very original way of celebrating your first Sani2C finish
- This dedicated cycling couple took it to the next level, after three days of racing together
- In matching mountain bike wedding outfits, no less
Mountain biking can strain relationships. Although the idea of riding a South African stage race with your partner might sound like an ideal adventure, things can go wrong.
Dehydration. Differential fitness levels and competitive expectations. Not to mention dealing with the trauma of consoling a partner, who has just crashed on a technical downhill section.
Add the possibility of mechanical issues such as punctures or broken gears, and you get an idea of how fraught a local mountain bike stage race can be, for any marriage.
This year’s Sani2C proved that mountain bike stage races might challenge a marriage, but they can also create one.
Couples that ride together, stay together
Although they only finished 783th out of 940 teams, Marinda Bootsma and Attie Tiley were the big winners at the Sani2C Adventure.
Rolling into the Scottburgh beach finish, after completing 266km, Marinda and Attie not only got their Sani2C Adventure completion medals, but also each other – for life.
The Edenvale couple had been together for 13-years and after spectating the 2019 Sani2C, they were keen on trying the event in 2020. Lockdown scuttled that idea, but their vision f getting married after finishing their first San2C was eventually realised this weekend.
“Attie was saying that when we get married, he doesn’t want a big hoo-ha; he just wants something small, but it must be epic,” according to Marinda. “And I said, ‘Well, I’m not doing the Cape Epic’ and so he said, ‘How about if we get married at sani2c?’ and so we decided we’d find out if we could go down to the beach from the finish line after the race and get married.”
Active wedding wear
The couple had special bride and groom mountain bike jerseys, for the final day of their Sani2C, which tied perfectly to their outdoor wedding theme.
Provided by one of Sani2C’s sponsors, Restonic, Marinda’s jersey had a bridal dress detail and Attie’s features graphic elements resembling a suit.
Vows were exchanged in the presence of a wooden wedding arch, at the Scottburgh Golf Club, with Restonic helping out Marinda and Attie with the mountain bike wedding reception too.