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Pam Golding Properties Sani Transfrontier Epic

[image] 26 February 2016

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Pam Golding Properties Sani Transfrontier Epic 2013 – Race Report

Despite a gloomy, damp, and overcast early start, the Pam Golding Properties Sani Transfrontier Epic 2013 welcomed a field of over 100 mountain bikers to the foot of the Sani Pass in KwaZulu-Natal to enjoy one of two unique and challenging mountain bike rides.

From the race venue at the Sani Pass Hotel the riders attempted either the 42km Epic ride to the top of the Sani Pass and back, a mighty climb of 1307m, or the shorter 26km Fun ride to the South African border post and back, not to be dismissed lightly with an undulating and hard outbound climb of 402m!

In very cold and wet conditions the Epic riders were pushed to their limits attempting to conquer the Sani Pass and with an official cut-off time of 4hrs to reach the top we expected some would return beaten, but certainly not ashamed, back to the safety of the Sani Pass Hotel. However, every rider managed to summit within the cut-off time, just!

Even after what was such a hard race, especially in the conditions experienced, we were eyes wide open at the finish with the two top riders in the Epic fighting it out pedal to pedal  and crossing the line just a second apart, both collapsing to the ground just meters after. What an amazing finish!

The winner was Bryce Jackson (2:41:35), followed by Dumisani Kheswa (2:41:36). Third prize went to 16-year old Kyran Kraupner who crossed the line a just few minutes behind (2:44:07). The first lady home was Laurin Mingay in an impressive 3:21:28. Special recognition goes to James Little who rode single speed, no suspension (front or rear), in a bone rattling time of 3:19:26!

The first male and female finishers in the Epic were awarded stunning photographs of the Sani Pass, and all who conquered the pass and returned received a unique print of the Sani Pass. The last man to reach the top, before the official 4 hour cut-off, and return was Lloyd Anderson (final time of 5:04:49).

In the shorter 26km Fun ride Sue Preston came home first in a time of 1:53:59, a fantastic effort and the head to toe covering of mud showed what a sticky ride it had been. Not far behind were Matthew Breckenridge (1:54:15), and Michael Harker (1:54:16).

For all who entered it was an amazing if muddy experience in a breath-taking location, and a ride that is unique, challenging, and rewarding. If you were not there to attempt it this year make sure you add this event to your ‘bucket list’ as there is only one Sani Transfrontier Epic!

Selected Results (1st / 2nd / 3rd Male and Female):

42km Epic


26km Fun





Bryce Jackson




Sue Preston



Dumisani Kheswa




Matthew Breckenridge



Kyran Kraupner




Michael Harker



Laurin Mingay




Wesley van Helden



Cally da Costa




Jeanine Jacobs



Janine Louwrens




Robyn Gilfillan


Many thanks to our sponsors, Pam Golding Properties Underberg, for their support and assistance.

The full results are available at www.drakmtbclub.co.za.

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