Restonic helps cyclists with race-day wedding

Restonic helps cyclists with unique race-day wedding

Restonic SA has been supporting the KAP sani2c three-day cycling event for more than six years now, but this year’s finish was a little different to usual, with a lycra-clad love story.

Marinda Bootsma and Attie Tiley tied the knot after completing their first three-day KAP sani2c Adventure, which kicked off on 12 May, and Restonic SA sponsored race kit and wedding elements for the bridal couple to help them turn their unique wedding into something truly special.

Why KAP sani2c?

The KAP sani2c is one of the oldest mountain bike stage races in South Africa, offering 266km of spectacular mountain bike trails between Himeville in the southern Drakensberg and Scottburgh on the South Coast in KwaZulu-Natal. Two versions take place over four days – the Adventure event (12 to 14 May) and the Race event (13 to 15 May). For Bootsma and Tiley, the Adventure event was also the perfect lead-up to their wedding.

Bootsma says that the idea was first seeded when she and Tiley were driving back from the 2019 KAP sani2c, which they attended as supporters. “Attie was saying that when we get married, he doesn’t want a big hoo-ha; he just wants something small, but it must be epic,” she says. “And I said, ‘Well, I’m not doing the Cape Epic’ and so he said, ‘How about if we get married at sani2c?’ and so we decided we’d find out if we could go down to the beach from the finish line after the race and get married.”

The avid cyclists have been together for 13 years (and Bootsma says they’ve only had one real spat in that time). They had originally planned to speak to the race organisers about getting married after the 2020 race event, but with the race being postponed due to COVID-19, they decided to wait for the 2021 event. Bootsma is friends with Roxy Harley, and told her about the plans. Roxy in turn told her husband, Dale Harley, Executive: Sales & Marketing at Restonic SA.

Finishing off a finish-line event in style

Given that Harley is a keen cyclist himself and that Restonic SA is a long-time supporter of the KAP sani2c, he immediately offered to assist the couple with their wedding plans. Restonic sponsored their cycling kit for the first two days of the race, as well as specially designed kit for the final day, which was printed to look like a wedding dress for Bootsma and a wedding suit for Tiley. Restonic SA also sponsored a wooden wedding arch, which was set up near the finish at the Scottburgh Golf Club, wedding décor for the arch, sparkling wine and snacks, and a brand new Restonic iDream queen-size bed valued at R16 000 for the couple, custom-embroidered embroidered with the words “Just Married”.

“When I think about everything that Restonic has done for us, I don’t have words. It’s just… wow, wow, wow!” says Bootsma. “It really shows me that there are good people in the world, and that people want to support love.”

“We’re thrilled to have been part of this special day and to help Marinda and Attie to make it a memorable occasion,” says Harley. “At Restonic SA, our tagline is ‘Supporting dreams since 1938’ and as a company, we love the chance to help people make their dreams come true. We wish Marinda and Attie a wonderful wedding, and many happy years together.”

The wedding grabbed the attention of local media too, appearing on Ride24, Good Things Guy, and TREAD.

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