Ms Wendy Janssens on the single track
descending into the Umko Valley.

Administrator in the School of Engineering Ms Wendy Janssens completed the gruelling 267km Sani2c trail race – one of the most prestigious events on the South African mountain biking calendar.

Janssens, who was sponsored by the Mechanical Engineering Discipline, the School of Engineering and the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, said Day One involved an 87km ride between Underberg and Ixopo followed by Day Two’s 100km grind through the Umkomaas Valley which was the most demanding section of the race.

After overnighting at Jolivet in Highflats, the final – and fastest – leg took competitors down to Scottburgh to finish on the life floating bridge. ‘It was quite a challenge to ride 800m along the bridge with waves that broke over the structure,’ said Janssens.

‘Hopefully, UKZN will enter more teams in the event next year.’