Binder brothers swap superbikes for mountain bikes

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When asked about the race, Darryn expressed his excitement to participate.

Motorcycling Darryn  and Brad Binder gear up to ride the KAP sani2c 3-day mountain bike stage race.

The largest 3-day mountain bike stage race in the world makes its way to the South Coast this weekend, and is set to take place on a much smaller scale this year to comply with Covid-19 regulations.

The KAP sani2c 3-day mountain bike stage race will begin in Underberg and conclude in Scottburgh, however this years race will see only two versions as opposed to the traditional three.

The Adventure leg of the race will run from December 2 to 4, with the main race commencing on December 3 to 5, and will feature SA’s elite marathon mountain bikers.

The sani2c usually takes place in May but was postponed in March just before lockdown was announced.

Competing in the adventure race are international motorcycle racing sensations Brad and Darryn Binder, who recently arrived home after a successful MotoGP and Moto3 season respectively.
“The sani2c is something I have always had a plan to do. I was so fortunate that I was able to come home a week earlier than originally planned and will do it with some mates. It’s the first time I am doing a stage race on a mountain bike or any bike in general, so it should be super cool,” said Brad.

Brad and Darryn will be riding in the less competitive adventure race, and they are looking forward to a fun 3 days on bikes with friends to mark the end of the
season.

When asked about the race, Darryn expressed his excitement to participate.

“I’ve always been keen to try a mountain bike stage race, I haven’t ever done anything like this before. I am super keen and am really looking forward to it. We do a lot of cycling for training, but this is going to be my first time doing three days of quite big mileage in a row.”

Brad was awarded the Rookie of the Year after what he describes as a mixed season and when asked about how he felt about his 2020 season, Brad said, “My season was up and down this year. I had some really really good days and some really bad ones. I think it’s quite expected in my rookie year.”

“I am very glad to be back in South Africa, it will be an awesome off-season. I am now just trying to enjoy myself and have some fun and do some different things. Hopefully in February I will be in good shape and ready for a new season,” he added.

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