Himeville - A large contingent of former Springbok legends are once again set
to descend upon the KAP sani2c which takes place
from May 11-13 with the group eager to soak up three days of banter,
reminiscing and memorable mountain biking action.
The smattering of South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA) teams,
represented by former Springbok household rugby names and rugby personalities
such as Stefan Terblanche, Butch James, Brent Russell, Trevor Halsted, Neil Penrose
and Shaun Payne - among others - are looking forward to tackling the mountain
biking voyage from Glencairn, Underberg down to the KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast
town of Scottburgh.
“sani2c is such an incredible, fun event and every time we take part we have
such a jol that we cannot wait to go back each year!” says SARLA CEO, Stefan
While the internal rivalry amongst the SARLA teams is hard to ignore, the
former rugby icons still find the time to take in the route’s spectacular
scenery while also relishing reuniting and working together with some of their
former team-mates along the way.
“We ride the first two days in our respective pairs as best we all can and
there is also often a lot of banter exchanged between the guys in the evenings,
just like there used to be in the change room back in our playing days!
“On day three we usually all ride down to Scottburgh together though, enjoying
the last bit of the adventure as a group with some of the stronger guys helping
pull the weaker guys, etc.” explains Terblanche.
2015 saw 1995 Rugby World Cup winning flyhalf Joel Stransky and Sharks
flyer Shaun Payne race their way into podium contention during the first two
days of the Adventure event that they were freed of their final stage duties
and allowed to embrace their competitive nature once more.
“Last year Joel (Stransky) and Shaun (Payne) were right up there in the top
three after the first two days so they went for it again on day three and
eventually finished second overall!
“It just goes to show the competitiveness still in some of our guys!
“Unfortunately Joel isn’t able to join us for this year’s sani2c but we still
look forward to having a fantastic bunch of former players, friends and
sponsors again this year!”
Despite having been in peak physical condition during their playing days,
Terblanche admits the second stage’s notorious climb out of the uMkomaas valley
still gets the butterflies going for most.
“Day One is fantastic and the drop down into the Umko valley on Day Two is
“That climb out again is a real tester though and definitely gets some of the
guys pretty nervous the night before!” he laughs.
The enjoyment of each other’s company and reuniting with former on-field
colleagues is, however, another major highlight of the trip for the SARLA
“All our SARLA guys stay together at a guest house on a nearby farm where we
all braai the one evening and they cook for us the other.
“We enjoy some beers and a couple of bottles of red wine together around the
fire in the evening and often guys will enjoy telling some of the many stories
from our playing days and all the tours we enjoyed together.
“The rugby guys love being able to get together again, something which sadly
doesn’t happen all that often, while it is also a really special few days and a
wonderful experience for some of our friends and sponsors who join us for the
The Trail, Adventure and Race events of the 2016 KAP sani2c take place from
Glencairn in Underberg to Scottburgh on KZN's South Coast from May 10-12, 11-13 and
For more information visit www.sani2c.co.za