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What SUP with Dusi 2014?

There are various multi-day endurance events in South Africa, ranging from two days to two weeks, but arguably one of the most strenuous over three days is the Dusi Canoe Marathon. This iconic canoe race (started in 1951) covers 120km over three days (if you don’t get lost), linking the capital city Pietermaritzburg to the province’s largest metropole, Durban. It starts on the uMsindusi River that runs through Pietermaritzburg, taking in a number of weirs […]

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Brownlees, Gomez hunt World Triathlon Cape Town glory

Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee realise it’s very likely there will be a painful no-mercy run showdown with Javier Gomez at the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town on Sunday 27 April. Alistair (25) is the current Olympic champion and Jonathan (23) is a former World Champion and winner of the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics where the British Brownlees became the first brothers to stand on an Olympic Games podium in an individual sport […]

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Eksteen and van Huyssteen win Impi Challenge Cape Town

The air was electric at Lievland Wine Estate and Wiesenhof Legacy Park (Stellenbosch) on Saturday 5 April 2014 when the best of the best gathered to take on the much anticipated IMPI Elite Race.  IMPI Gauteng winners, Claude Eksteen (North Beach, KZN) and Carla Van Huyssteen (Pietermaritsburg) claimed victory in the men’s and women’s IMPI Elite Race in impressive times of 01hour47minutes50seconds and 02hours05minutes25seconds respectively. “Today was awesome,” said a very happy Eksteen.  “IMPI Cape […]

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Frommhold, Braendli win Ironman South Africa 2014

The 10th anniversary of Ironman South Africa delivered exciting tussles as Nils Frommhold (GER) took on the pre-race favourites and triumphed while the ladies’ race mirrored that of 2013 with Jodie Swallow (GBR) dominating proceedings only to be trounced at the death with Simone Braendli taking the spoils. Two South Africans finished in the men’s top five, boding well for their racing careers and a new crop of motivated proteges. Frommhold steals the show in […]

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Final day results for Cape Epic 2014

It was a traditional final day, all culminating at Lourensford Wine Estate where a hero’s welcome awaited the tired riders. It was a short day with a late start, but definitely not a free ride to the finish. A few final hurdles challenged riders, like the climb up Nuweberg on forestry roads, with its steep and washed out descent. Once over the Hottentots Mountain Range, riders enjoyed the vistas over False Bay, all the way […]

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Buys wins second Cape Epic stage

By Chris Whitfield South African Philip Buys commandingly won his second stage of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic Saturday with Swiss partner Nino Schurter (Team Scott-Odlo) as the race for the overall winners’ zebra-striped jersey was again touched by drama. “Another stage… another flat… another drama,” said Czech Kristian Hynek, leading overall with German Robert Mennen (Topeak-Ergon), after they had again benefited on the day from the sportsmanship of fellow professionals. Mennen and Hynek finished the […]

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More withdrawals on fifth stage of Cape Epic 2014

Day five again proved that the Absa Cape Epic is not for the faint-hearted. For the third consecutive day a top rider in the Men’s category withdrew. This time it was Rudi van Houts, partner of José Hermida (Multivan Merida Biking). Van Houts crashed on Thursday and even though he started the stage, could not go on. This follows the withdrawals of Hannes Genze and Karl Platt on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. There was also […]

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Is the Cape Epic yellow jersey cursed?

German mountain biker Robert Mennen had barely pulled on the yellow Absa Cape Epic leaders’ jersey after Wednesday’s stage three and he was musing about whether it was cursed. “We’re a little bit afraid … I’m not sure if there’s a little bit of bad luck, but hopefully we can keep it on our shoulders a bit longer (than the others have),” said German Mennen, who together with Topeak-Ergon teammate Kristian Hynek took the overall […]

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Ryno Griesel interview pre-Drakensberg Grand Traverse 2014

Dubbed the Mother of all ‘Berg Hikes, mountain runners Ryno Griesel and Ryan Sandes are currently on the course in an attempt to break the current foot race record set by Griesel and Cobus van Zyl in April 2010. That time is pegged at 60 hours 29min and 30 seconds (2 days 12 hours 29 min and 30 seconds). The Traverse follows an approximate 220km course starting from Sentinel car park in the north and […]

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Richard Murray wins first SA triathlon title

Richard Murray had to wait four years, but on Sunday he finally won his first South African Senior Triathlon title when he took the top podium position at the SA National Triathlon Championships in East London. Wikus Weber and Travis Johnston joined Murray on the podium. “What a race! It’s been four years in the making and today it finally all came together for me,” said an ecstatic Murray. Murray came out of the water […]

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