The largest mountain bike stage race in the world starts every year in Underberg. It carries in its name the Sani Pass our iconic gateway to Lesotho and the Southern Drakensberg is very proud of hosting the start of this event every year.
It is so big that it is divided into three separate instalments: The Trail, the Adventure and the Race. In each sub-event, up to 750 pairs of riders follow the same 260-odd kilometres of trails, but start a day apart. A total of almost 4500 entrants enjoy breath-taking landscapes, sleeping in sprawling tent villages, huge food halls, and three very different race atmospheres.
Key to the Sani2c’s success is that it’s about giving each and every participant an exceptional experience. In addition to the large scale of the event several other elements add to the spectacle too. A floating bridge on day one has become something of an icon, although this was upstaged in 2013 by an even larger floating bridge – just before the finish line. The final 800m pedal wound over a lagoon, hit the sand, then moved with the surf. Riders who came in later in the day got the larger tides upping the challenge further still.
Keep an eye on the event website and Facebook page for up to date infomation and start planning an experience of your own!