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83-year-old back for sani2c

Arthur Duncan

Howick’s Arthur Duncan ready to hit the dirt

It’s never too late to make a comeback, at least not for 83-year-old Howick resident Arthur Duncan (pictured), who this year will be the KAP sani2c’s oldest competitor.

With 4500 riders set to take part in this year’s three-day event, Duncan will make a surprise return to the race after an eight-year absence when he rides with his son-in-law Stuart Watson.

Duncan takes the place of his grandson who is unable to ride the sani2c this year due to exams. Despite the 11th hour offer, the decision was a simple one for the octogenarian.

“I jumped at the offer!” Duncan said boldly. “I always keep a good level of fitness throughout the year so I was quick to say yes, especially after an eight-year break from the race.

“I am looking forward to seeing how much the event has changed.

Sani2c by numbers

“When we did the first one in 2005 it was just one event; now with three different events and thousands of riders it has become so much more and I cannot wait to experience it!”

Duncan’s achievements on the bicycle have been impressive with the Midlands resident making the decision when he was 65 that he was going to ride from the sea to the highest peak in Southern Africa – Thabana Ntlenyana.

He took off from Durban and it took him three days riding solo to get to the top of Thabana Ntlenyana, 3482 metres above sea level.

He has also been a multiple national champion in both road cycling and the time trial in his age category.

Action from the 2016 sani2c.
Picture: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

“I am actually more of a mountain biker,” he said when asked which discipline he preferred. “I love road cycling because there are age categories for everyone unlike mountain biking where I have to compete with 60 year olds!


“It is close to impossible for me to be perform well against people so much younger than me, but maybe that’s just my competitive side coming through!

Another feather in his cap was when Duncan became the oldest novice to tackle the Dusi Canoe Marathon at the age of 72 when he and seasoned Dusi paddler Colin Burden raced to Durban from Pietermaritzburg.

He did his second Dusi at 77, when he was the oldest competitor in the race.

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