Last week I had the awesome honour of following a few Unitrans Teams; that consisted of employees and clients, as they took on the KAP Sani2c Adventure.
The KAP Sani2c is one of South Africa's most iconic mountain bike stage races, that takes competitors from the foot of Sani Pass in Underberg all the way to the coastline at Scottburgh on the KZN South Coast. The race is ridden over 3 days with the 2023 edition consisting of the "race" starting the day after the "adventure".
After collecting the majority of the Unitrans riders from King Shaka International airport in Durban, we all ventured inland so that they could all get to registration for day 1 the following day. Once arrived at Glencain farm (the registration venue and home to founder Farmer Glen Haw), I was pleasantly surprised by the sounds of some familiar voices of Max Cluer and Doug Bird who would be commentating on the 2 editions of the 2023 KAP Sani2C respectively.
It was great to see and capture so much excitement for the event, what an amazing vibe and atmosphere that was created at the farm.
Day 1 and well actually every day, cyclists were treated to some great weather! No rain, thats always a bonus on sugarcane tracks.
The excitement was buzzing as all riders were gearing up for their various starts. Not all riders stayed on the farm the night before so it made for quite a busy morning as riders were arriving as well as leaving on their respective journeys.
A huge shout out to the Unitrans crew for carting me around the entire event! Sadly, that been said we were in a car so we only got to certain areas, but we did make the best of the situation we were in and I loved every minute.
It was great to see the smiles and joy as the riders crossed the end of stage one line, by the sounds of it, it was quite the tough one.
Day 2 was Unitrans' day to shine! With the Sani2c iconic climb or walk sponsored by Unitrans it made a very memorable day for the team. With all riders treated by another spectacular sunrise; giving you all the motivation you need to get going, riders ventured into the Umko Valley, but like they say, what goes down must eventually come back up at some point.
It was great to see everyone taking on the iconic climb in their on stride, either by walking or riding they all made it up eventually!
Unitrans' involvement in the community was also very evident with the sponsorship of the green mile as well as the sponsorship of schools in the area.
Was so great to be involved with a company thats giving back to the community that needs it most, to make their lives safer and better.
The final stage of the adventure was a downhill fly by to the coast.
Everyone was excited to get to the finish and to see their friends and family again after an awesome adventure on the KAP Sani2C.
I had an amazing 4 days at the event, and I look forward to being back in the years to come. Well done to everyone who took part and finished one of South Africa's most beautiful stage races.