Despite the terrain being relatively loose and rocky, Sanders had no mechanicals.
“I felt good on the bike and it all went pretty smoothly,” she said.
The technical route suited her well and she particularly enjoyed the singletrack sections.
The “lovely sunshiny day” also made for perfect racing conditions.
Sanders set a high tempo from the start of the race, which led to her, De Groot and Hill breakaway.
“We all stayed together and opened up a gap until the second water point (after 54km),” the Nelspruit resident said.
Thereafter, she made a move to go clear.
“Once I had opened a gap I maintained it to the finish. Robyn and Sarah never made contact again.”
The dormakaba professional said she felt incredibly grateful for the support she had received from her sponsors and the people around her. She was also grateful to be healthy and injury free.