The KAP sani2c is a three-day, 265-kilometre mountain bike stage race, which takes place in the south-eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in South Africa.
There are three versions of the annual, three-day event, which takes place over a total of five days:
The event begins on a small sheep farm near the country’s mother of all mountain passes, the Sani Pass in the southern Drakensberg. Pedalling across a section of the KZN Midlands mist belt, riders traverse scenic dairy and timber farms, glide through indigenous forests and soar down a breath-taking pass into the Umkomaas Valley before criss-crossing a nature reserve and sugar cane farms that eventually deliver them onto the shores of the Indian Ocean.
Not only is the event well-known for its exceptional route, hospitality and gees (that’s the South African word for great spirit, mood or vibe), but the KAP sani2c business model is also highly-regarded for its innovative community focus. Since inception, the race has involved and provided for communities, including schools, charities, rural populations and entrepreneurs along the route. Formalised as the sani2c Community Development Trust in 2017, this model underscores the KAP sani2c maxim, More Than A Ride.
While KAP sani2c has always been popular with the top South African marathon mountain biking teams, the addition of a Prologue and Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) status for the KAP sani2c Race in 2024, is set to raise the bar and make the event even more compelling for professional riders.
The 2024 KAP sani2c will be the 20th edition of the oldest three day stage race in the country. The 265 km route from Glencairn Farm near the base of Sani Pass down to the sea at Scottburgh on the South Coast, is characterised by beautiful singletrack trails across farmlands, game reserves and rural areas that provides the best three days you can have on a mountain bike. Next year’s dates are 23-27 April and sees the reintroduction of the Trail, from 23-25 April, now the dedicated race for e-bike riders, while still available to conventional bikes. The Adventure is from 24-26 April and the Race is 25-27 April.
‘Farmer’ Glen Haw and family are excited to welcome new riders, and see the long-standing regulars again, at the 20th KAP sani2c next year. The 2024 edition welcomes back some of the best of the old, and rings in plenty of new, including route tweaks, continuous facility upgrades, and a host of 20th birthday surprises. The KAP sani2c Trail returns, now catering for all e-bike riders from 23 April-25 April. The Adventure is from 24-26 April and the Race takes place from 25-27 April.
“I wake up with intent. I wake up with an expectation of the positive.” This is what drives Caroline Matsimela, and what drove her to start the Matsimela Ladies Cycling Clinics during Women’s Month in 2020, when so many people in her community were struggling with the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.
Team Strove powered by FRIB are the 2023 KAP sani2c nonstop champions, having navigated the 250 kms between Underberg and Scottburgh in a time of 12:12:29. The route covers most of the three-day KAP sani2c route, including the legendary Umko Drop descent into the Umkomaas Valley, and participants have 24 hours to complete the course, stopping for photos at checkpoints where they meet up with their support driver.
- Flavio Scarpa