Greetings from the Sani Spoors Team
We are all desperately awaiting the first summer rains, to fill the reservoirs and to allow the summer-crop seeds to be planted. Hopefully they will have arrived by the time you are reading this. What it does mean is that there is more time to ride, on fast and smooth trails – so much fun! And the more trails we ride, the more single-track options we discover for you, the rider of our much-loved event.
We are thrilled and grateful at the incredible response to the entries received already and thank each one of you who has committed to the event next year. We are heading towards a full field at record pace, so don’t miss out if you want to be part of it on the 1st & 2nd Feb 2020. There are currently only 143 entries remaining available in the DrakDescent. There is no limit on the entry size for Run the Rivers.
We are particularly proud of our team of riders who we have identified from our local community to be participants next year. They are all honing their skills, out on the trails, hard at work and gaining fitness every day. If you can assist these riders and runners in any way with helmets, bike shoes, pumps, spare parts, tyres, running shoes or any accessories which you may have extra, then we’d be most happy to pass them on. If you would like to donate items, please could you bring these along to registration to be dropped off in the provided boxes at Glencairn. Our event is inclusive for all riders who wish to be part of something unique, spectacular and special and this happens through the wonderful group of people who assemble for the ride each year. Let’s keep this momentum going and growing.
In addition to our local community riders, together with Canyon Canoe Club, we are busy on a Wattle and Bramble clearing project. These alien invasive species are a nightmare to all recreational users but particularly detrimental to our farming practices. This is an example of how both recreational and agricultural land use can benefit from each other. The Wattle trees along the river are ring barked to allow us to remove them. Some of the larger trees have become particularity dangerous to the paddlers. It is an additional form of employment and adds value to more families through their hard work.
When we see all these elements existing together we notice the bigger-picture impact of an event like ours (and the many other incredible events in the area including Sani2C, Joberg2C, Drakensberg Ultra Trail, Glencairn Trail Run to name a few) and are grateful to each and every present and past participant who has made this possible. Of course, we are so thankful to our sponsors without whom we know that none of this would be possible. We urge you to consider all of our wonderful supporters if you can in any way and to make their investment worth while, even if it’s just a “Like” on their Facebook page.
Talking of social media, have you seen our campaigns running on Facebook and Instagram? If not, please connect with us and gives us some feedback. We’d love to know if there is more of any type of content you’d like to see – please let us know. All feedback is welcome – we won’t be offended by constructive comments, go for it, why would we be? We ride bikes and run on the coolest trails around, what more could we want?
Oh yes, to see you at our event in 2020! Enter now if you haven’t already.
The Sani Spoors Team