Glencairn – As the weeks continue to tick by before the twelfth edition of the KAP sani2c, the world’s largest mountain bike stage race remains intent on creating a unique, first-class experience for riders who take on the three day adventure from Himeville to Scottburgh during the second week of May.
The sani2c has always been at the forefront of mountain biking with the events three race villages providing riders with state of the art facilities and the opportunity to wind down in comfort after a long day in the saddle.
Race founder and organiser ‘Farmer’ Glen Haw has invested a lot of time into perfecting the facilities at the varying race village’s and with the conclusion of his, and his team’s efforts his energy shifts elsewhere in the build up to the 2017 edition.
“We have installed showers and toilets at the overnight stops at Mackenzie Club as well as at Jolivet,” Haw said.
“This was a massive effort and a major focus of ours over the past few years and with that now complete we are focusing most of our energy on the route.
“Every year we put large amounts of effort into the route but we are thinking of ways and means to make the ride more enjoyable for all.”
Mountain bikers are blessed with a large number of multi-stage races throughout the country, a fact that Haw is grateful for.
“Riders are always being given something new at all their races, so we need to stay on our toes and always offer a unique experience to all riders.
“It’s often the small things on the route that make the difference and we need to keep it interesting for them,” he stressed.
An element of the sani2c that sets it apart from a number of other races is its community engagement initiatives. Involving all of the surrounding community in the race is at the forefront of the race’s success.
“Tending to the race villages is a year round job and we employ eight people full time.
“Despite this, during the event we call on many more members of the community to work and help in providing the riders with a memorable experience.
“We set incredibly high standards and the community has bought into that ethos – this keeps the riders coming back every year,” Haw added.
The juggling act that Haw produces year in and year out to maintain happiness between all of the role players is a job that he thrives on, maintaining positive relationships with those that make the race what it is today.
“There are so many little things that happen around the event that keep it going and the balancing act of satisfying everyone involved is an important task.
“Supporting the farm owners by spreading the word that not all farm owners are bad is important.
“Over the past weekend we spayed and neutered over 200 dogs in the Jolivet community. Providing the animals with injections is part of our duty to give back to the people,” Haw mentioned.