The dormakaba rider beat Hijke Coetzee and Yolandi du Toit to the line.
“I was definitely going to race so taking the win was a great reward,” Sanders said.
She added that the route was relatively short with plenty of singletrack, so she wanted to start hard to ensure she was able to get into the trails first.
“From the gun I went full tempo and opened up a safe buffer. From there I just made sure I was super fast through the kilometres and kilometres of singletrack and kept a good rhythm on the open roads.”
Sanders felt the event was an “incredible little race” and that the organisers and farmers had put a lot of effort into the trails and route.
“It’s perfectly marked and the actual trails they’ve built were pure fun. There is such an abundance of singletrack varying from awesome flowing riverine sections to rocky bushveld trails.
“For me this was perfectly suited and I loved every second of it.”
She said being a Lowvelder herself she always tried to support local events. She aimed to enjoy the experience and interaction with the participants, but also still lined up and raced as hard as she could.
“I have to say that the event in its totality was a winner, but the best part of the day certainly was the route.”
She had enjoyed the intensity of the race, having had a rest after the SA Champs and used it to get back into the swing of things.
Sanders added that this was the third time she had participated in the event and it became better every year she attended.
“I have to recommend this race to everyone. It’s truly unique and in such a gorgeous unexplored area. The effort the organisers go to to put forward a fun yet challenging route is above and beyond.”