Mon 8 May 2017
Tues 9 May 2017
Wed 10 May 2017
Directions to Glencairn Farm
- In Underberg Main Street, at the Shell garage, take the road to Himeville.
- Travel for 8.3 km, passing through the village of Himeville.
- Turn left up the Sani Pass road.
- Travel for 3.2km
- Arrive at Glencairn Farm on your left.
- GPS: 29*42’03. 81S, 29*29’29. 29E
Registration will be held at Glencairn Farm on the dates listed above. Registration will open at 11am each morning and close at 7pm each evening. Team members need to attend registration together and sign their indemnity form. All teams will be issued with their black box containing their number board, clothing and other important items. Their race village band will be fitted. Meals and drinks will be available from various community vendors at Glencairn registration venue.
It is recommended that all riders attend the race briefings prior to riding each stage. Final essential information regarding the route, weather prediction, safety and other housekeeping is relayed to the riders.
Race briefing will be held at the various venues at the following times.
- Glencairn Farm Day 1 details: 4pm
- Mackenzie Club Day 2 details:6pm
- Jolivet Farm Day 3 details: 7pm
Please visit the accommodation page for more information.
Limited pre-event accommodation is available at Glencairn Farm. This includes dinner on night of registration and breakfast on the first day of event. Alternatively riders can book accommodation anywhere in or around Underberg, Himeville or Sani Pass.
DURING THE EVENT
Each team is allocated a four-person tent (2.5m X 2.5m), with enough space for two riders and luggage. Comfortable mattresses will be provided but your are required to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. Tents will be erected for you.
All competitors must make their own accommodation arrangements for Scottburgh after the finish of the event.
Each competitor will be issued with a 100-litre dust and waterproof plastic box. All your clothing, bike spares, energy drinks, etc., need to be packed into this box and this will be transported between the stage locations. No other bags will be transported between stage locations. It will be your responsibility to load your box before the start of each day. There will be a separate truck travelling directly to Scottburgh with bike boxes and any other kit you will not require during the event. Please ensure that you load any unwanted kit into this truck, which will be at Glencairn the afternoon of your registration and the morning of your start. Black boxes will need to be handed back at the finish in Scottburgh where your box will be exchanged for a Finisher’s T-shirt.
Drop and Go
Riders not stying at Glencairn Farm on the evening prior to their start will need to make use of the Drop and Go system. The Underberg Farmer Association and the Underberg Polo Club have kindly allowed us to use part of their property running parallel to the Sani Pass Road as a Drop and Go riders. This area is situated on the left hand side of the road 500m before Glencairn registration venue.
- Supporters bringing riders to the start will need to drop riders with their bikes and boxes neat the polo pony loading ramp, where the Super Group box trucks will be positioned. The Super Group truck taking bike boxes and other items directly to Scottburgh will also be positioned here.
- Riders need to be race ready, with bottles and GPS units.
- Riders will need to load their boxes and then ride their bikes along the tar road to the batch pounds and start at Glencairn.
- This system will run from 7am to 10am on the mornings of each start date.
- Please ask your drivers to be aware of cyclists on this section as it forms part of the natural zone for the first 3km of the Day 1 route.
- Please aim to be dropped off at least 40 minutes prior to your start time as you will need to ride the 1km warm up to the batch pounds to the start line.
Batch starts and seeding
In an effort to reduce congestion on the race route, we will be seeding all teams for the start each day. Seeding for Day 1 will be based on recent events and/ or your last sani2c results. Seeding for Days 2 and Day 3 will be based on your overall position.
Batches of 50 teams will leave at 10-minute intervals on Day 1, with Batch A starting at 8am
Batches A to G, consisting of 50 teams each, will leave at 10-minute intervals. Batch A will start at first light. Batch H and onwards will leave at 5 minute intervals.
Batches A to G (in non-Race events), will leave at 10-minute intervals. Batch H and onwards will leave at 5 minute intervals. Reverse order for Batches A and B on Day 3 in the Race event only. In the Race event, only A and B batch will start at 10am. Batch B will start directly behind Batch A. All teams in contention and eligible for a podium positions need to start in either Batch A or B. Should you be in the top 5 in your category the onus is upon you to ensure that you have spoken to the time keepers and made arrangements to start in Batch B. Anyone not starting in Batch A or B on the last day will not be eligible for a podium position.
Both team members need to check in together with the batch pound marshals. This must happen at least 20 minutes prior to their advertised start time. Any team jumping to an earlier batch will be given a three-hour penalty. Scanning mats on the start line will record your official start time and pickup any discrepancies.
There will be no batch stickers issued. Day 1 batch stickers will be found on your number boards. The onus is upon you to assure that you start in the correct batch. Seeding of teams and their relevant batch start time will be made available 10 days before registration. Batches lists with start times will also be displayed at registration and before the start.
Together both team members are required to enter their batch pounds after reporting to their batch marshal. This must be at least 20 minutes prior to their start time. Any team jumping to an earlier batch will be given a three-hour penalty. Scanning mats on the start line will record your official start time.
BATCH START TIMES
||7H00 (Race 10H00)
||7H10 (Race 10H00)
Each rider will find their number board in their black box. Your timing chip will be in your number board. Do not cut or punch additional holes into your number board as you may damage the electronic filaments needed to time you. Please verify that your timing chip is functional and has your correct details by getting a scanned check at registration.
When you cross the finish line please confirm with the time keepers that they have picked up your number.
Day 1 batch stickers will be found on your number boards. Day 2 and Day 3 will have no batch stickers. The timing system will confirm your start time. You will be required to hand your number board in at the finish in Scottburgh. You will receive your start time via SMS and it can be found on the results boards in the race villages.
Cycling South Africa membership
sani2c is a CSA sanctioned event and all riders, except internationals, require a CSA license in order to participate. Please bring confirmation of your CSA membership to registration. If you are nor a member, you will need to pay the daily CSA fee at registration.
sani2c 2017 will have full GPS navigation. Please go to our GPS page for all the information you will need.
Water Tables and Feed Stations
The rule of thumb is that there is one watering station per 35km (roughly). Day 1 has two watering points. Day 2 has three watering points and Day 3 has two. Their location will be discussed at the race briefing and is indicated on the maps displayed at each overnight stop.
Each watering point will serve chilled water and coke. Each table will also have a selection of eats available. Each morning at breakfast, you can make sandwiches to carry with you if you feel you require more nutrition for the ride. We recommend that you carry your own favourite brand of energy drink, bars, nuts, fruit cake, gels etc.
At the end of the day
Your bike will be taken away from you for washing by the Talismanne as you cross the finish line. Remember to stop and remove your GPS device. Aquelle will be on the finish line of each stage where you may rehydrate with your favourite water. The popular Clover Vanilla and Chocolate Milk will also be available in the recovery area on the finish line. Once recovered the USN team will have shakers and recovery drinks for those who wish. The USN team will also offer advice for those who may have experienced hydration, sugar and other issues along the route. Once hydrated and having consumed some protein in the form of Clover milk or a USN recovery product you will be required to collect your Black Box from the Super Group truck.
Trolleys will be available to push your box to your tent. Please do this yourself and refrain from using the race village staff. The race village helpers have other tasks to perform and the offer of tips is not encouraged.
Delete the first numeral from your race board and this is your tent number. Once you have found your tent, leave your trolley in the passage and a porter will return it. Please choose to shower before going to the Barn or to lunch. For hygienic and other obvious reasons we request that all riders shower before visiting the Barn and dining areas.
Once showered, make your way to the dining area where you can either help yourself to lunch, tea, coffee, chocolates, banana bread, etc. in the 24 hour Barn. Lunch will flow into supper which will be provided for the duration of the event for all competitors between the start and finish lines. Tea and instant coffee will be provided but all other beverages (alcoholic and soft) will need to be purchased from the bars provided by the local communities. Supporters and race crew need to stock up with all their meals, drinks, etc, before the start as they are not allowed in the race village. We are in the country so shops are extremely scarce.
We will have a cut-off at the last water point of each day and one at the finish at 5pm. These cut-offs are very achievable and will be announced at race briefing each evening.
Why a cut-off policy? We have an incredible backup support crew who look after you in daylight hours. You will need to be in before dark each night and if you are not this impacts them and results in us spending too much time looking after the unfit and underprepared versus the majority of our riders.
sani2c, like the Comrades Marathon, is an event about achieving something. It is not a bike tour. Only riders who finish all three stages will get the finishers T-shirt in Scottburgh.
We will stage a prize giving at the race village on each day. Stage winners and overall category leaders should be present at the daily awards ceremony. The final prize giving will be held at Scottburgh beach at 1pm.
Only the Race event gets awarded for overall category. The Trail and Adventure riders will receive fun prizes.