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I’m here to compete: Donovan van Gelder

Hi, my name is Donovan and I like to compete. This unsubtle statement is completely intentional. I believe that Alcoholics Anonymous meetings start with this introduction and acknowledgement of an addiction. I may have it wrong, all I know about this I have learned from that window on the world, the television. The reason I chose to begin with that was because I find, more and more, that competition is something that people are embarrassed […]

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The women podium was packed with an impressive array of athletic talent. photo Dylan Haskin/Lexar

Van Gelder, Schut win TriRock Durban

There are a few memorable occasions when all things come together perfectly. Race day for TriRock Durban was one of those days: ideal weather, great crowds, road closure, smooth race surface and excellent organisation. All contributed it to be hailed a great success by all the athletes. The day’s winner also experienced one of these perfect days by putting together a stellar performance to take the victory. Donovan van Gelder (KZN) swam, cycled and ran […]

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Why The Don Shaves: Vanity, Bike Crashes And Peer Pressure

Public confession: I have been removing the hair from my legs for more than half my life now. I have always hoped that my body would just give up and the hair would stop growing but alas, at least once a week I find myself bending my aging body into positions that I fear it may not bounce back from. All to achieve the silky smooth shave that my brand of razor promises me. In […]

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Supplement Confessions From The Don

I read with fascination on Twitter and Facebook, both highly credible sources of information of course, athletes and weekend warriors espousing the benefits of their chosen supplement or energy potion. Now I am a big believer in correct, calculated and careful supplementation but let’s be honest here, most of you are getting a little carried away by the effect of your mootie. The key to a good supplement is in fact, to not feel anything. […]

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First TriRock-Durban a great success

Durban, synonymous with great weather, played the role of perfect host by welcoming triathletes from around the country in the inaugural TriRock-Durban half iron distance triathlon held yesterday. Event organisers complimented all involved and thanked all athletes, volunteers and service providers for their efforts to pull off a major event within the confines of the city. Spectators were thrilled by the performances of the tenacious triathletes who completed the 1,9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km […]

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Evidence That People Are Getting Too Soft

In Holland I learned the word watje. These are cotton wool balls. Nice, soft, fluffy balls of comforting wool. In cycling slang it referred to the guy who didn’t want to train in the wind or the rain and who stuck to the nice, smooth, flat roads. Are modern athletes getting soft? I present my evidence to support the rise in prevalence of the watje… Let’s start with heated pools… I have heard triathletes moaning […]

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Get your adventure fix in Go Multi issue 60

If one word summed up the July/August issue of Go Multi magazine it would be ‘adventure’. The latest issue of South Africa’s leading multisport magazine is jam-packed with adventurous South Africans doing extraordinary things. From Red Island Ride race organisers exploring remote Madagascar to Kai Fitchen’s Kape 2 Kenya eco-friendly African adventure, as well as Kyle Main’s epic swim across the Strait of Gibraltar, this issue puts a huge tick in the adventure column. Multisporter […]

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