Webmail caught up with Brian Capper for a quick wrap up of his first Sani2C Mountain Bike Race with fellow Redbull racer Nick de Wit. The dynamic duo set off on Thursday 14th May and traversed 265km to complete the three day event at Scottburgh Main Beach.
Brian and Nick tackled the first stage of the event with enthusiasm although they were uncertain about what pace they should maintain. Despite a pit stop at the medic to tend to Nick’s cramps, the team finished the first day’s 82km distance in just over 4 hours.
Day two of Sani2C entailed 99km of track and some massive climbs; a total elevation gain of 2 155m! This intense physical exertion required careful consideration to the intake of food and hydration. Determined to race ahead and speed down the last 20km of single track, this ambitious duo caught up to the group that started ahead of them which slowed them down considerably. It was a tough day for Nick and Brian but they kept a good pace and completed this stage in less than 6 hours.
Brian and Nick dug deep on day three and tackled the last 82km in just 3.5 hours. The guys really got on the gas and enjoyed the fast trails, steep climbs and incredible views! Despite their tired legs, the team pushed hard all the way to the sea. The team completed their first Sani2C without any mechanical issues and smiles on their faces.
Brian had a treat in store when he crossed the line as his family had flown down from Johannesburg to surprise him. Special mention goes out to Brian and Nick’s sponsors and their back-up Matthew.
With over 1200 riders competing in their race, Capper commended the organisers on the well organised and efficient running of the event. Brian and Nick are both looking forward to competing in more stage races and in next year’s Sani2C.