more than a ride

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.

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Apart from being a sucker for punishment, my annual pilgrimage is exactly that; a spiritual experience where, at least for Day One, I am reminded how blessed I am to be alive. I reflect on how lucky I am to be healthy, to have the time and resources and friends and family to partner me and allow me to make it to the start every year. To be part of a race where the organisers are so passionate about what they do, and do it so damn well, to be one of so many excited riders who embrace life and its challenges and to see the local community welcome us with such enthusiasm is an honour. And then there’s Day Two…

- Steve Christy

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