It is hard to believe that we are 3 weeks away from our first race of the Western Cape triathlon season, the MiWay Cape Ultra Triathlon. With the Western Cape in the grips of a water crisis, many athletes have adopted the watch and wait approach to race entry. Race organisers have reassured athletes that the dam levels will be adequate for race day.
Dieter Oosthuizen (aka Tri Yoda) recently participated in Ironman Edinburgh 70.3 and shares his race experience with us. If you are considering doing a race overseas, scroll down and get some idea of what you can expect.
Other notable achievements
In the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge held on 30 July 2017, Petro Neethling was 3rd overall in the 50km in a time of 2:29:15. Irma Theron was 10th overall in the 42km in a time of 2:38:17.
At the Banhoek Long Duo Challenge held on 12th August 2017, Niel Thiart was 3rd in his age group and 9th overall and Alec van Wyk was 3rd in his age group and 33rd overall. Janine Brown was 3rd in her age group and Nikki Boshoff 4th in her age group.
In the Banhoek Short Duo Challenge, Freddie Visser finished 5th overall, Yolanda Dell was 1st in her group, Garith Dell was 3rd in his age group.
In the Banhoek 25km Trail Challenge, Derine Sanderbergh finished 4th in her age group and 25th overall.
At the Olympic Dirty Duo Solo on 27 August 2017, Niel Thiart finished 2nd in his age group and 5th overall.
CMC Annual Awards
Our 1st CMC Annual Awards ceremony was held on 25th August at Bridgeways venue, Ratanga Junction and the following awards were presented.
|MALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
|FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
|TRIATHLETE: LOST IN TRANSITION||JANDRE DE MILANDER
|FEAR OF MISSING OUT||JACQUES BOUWER
|ROOKIE OF THE YEAR||ELIZMA GELDENHUYS
|70.3 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR||COBUS FOURIE
|70.3 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR||JANINE BROWN
|MALE TRIATHLETE/DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR||LUKE SNYMAN
|FEMALE TRIATHLETE/DUATHLETE OF THE YEAR||JENNY CLOSE
Scroll down below for a list of events for September to keep you on track.
Ironman 70.3 Cascais – 3rd September
Ironman will be heading to Portugal (Cascais) for the inaugural 70.3 on Sunday, 3 September 2017. There is a large contingent of South Africans participating in the event. Good luck to all CMC athletes. Look out for a race report in our next newsletter.
MiWay Cape Ultra Triathlon – Entries closed end of August
The 2nd instalment of the MiWay Cape Ultra is taking place on the 24th September at Theewaterskloof Dam, just the other side of Franschhoek. The dam is expected to be close to 35% on race day. Last year’s 1st instalment saw the dam sitting at around the 50% capacity. Water temperature is expected to be around 16 degrees and athletes are encouraged to bring their wetsuits.
The only change in the race routes will be a small change on the Ultra distance bike course. The Ultra bike course will remain almost the same as per the 2016 event, consisting of 3 loops but the turn-around point for each lap will now take place on the main road (R43) and not at the dam entrance as per last year. This will ensure that the Ultra athletes will have less traffic on their return to the dam for the run leg. This change does however make the far turn around point for the Ultra competitors 1.8km further away, which takes them up a hill to the turn point. The Sprint cycle course remains unchanged with a 1 loop and out and back 20km lap.
The run route will once again, be off-road and will circumnavigate the local vineyards making for an extremely scenic and testing run course. 2 loops of 10.5 for the Ultra guys and girls will see athlete’s zig-zag in and out of the vineyards with the turn-around point clearly visible for the hundreds of spectators and supporters expected on race day. The Sprint athletes will have an easy fun 5km loop that starts and ends at the main finish area.
Freshpak Fitness Festival – 30 September (Entries are open)
Entries for the Freshpak Fitness Festival have opened. You are spoilt for choice and can select either a race package or entry for a single event. The events are open water swim (1.5km/3km), biathlon (run/bike), duathlon, (run/bike/run) or triathlon (800m swim/20km bike/5km run). Hurry this event is very popular and sells out quickly. Also be sure to book your accommodation as there is limited accommodation available in and around Clanwilliam.
|Package Deal 1 (Triathlon ind and Duathlon ind)||R555|
|Package Deal 2 (Triathlon ind and Biathlon ind)||R535|
|Package Deal 3 (Triathlon ind and 3km swim)||R390|
|Package Deal 4 (Triathlon ind and 1.5km swim)||R385|
Slanghoek Triathlon – 22 October (Entries are open and close 11 October 2017)
Breedland Wine Cellar situated in the beautiful Slanghoek Valley will once again host the annual event. There are 4 different races to choose from which cater for beginners and elites.
MTB Triathlon on Saturday 21st October 2017
Road Triathlon on Sunday 22nd October 2017
Individual Entry Fees :
Long courses R550pp (excluding temp day license)
Short courses R380pp (excluding temp day license)
Team Entry Fees:
Long courses R840 per team (excluding temp day license)
Short courses R690 per team (excluding temp day license)
In memory of Kosie
There will be a memorial ride held in memory of Kosie on Saturday afternoon 21st October starting at 14h00. The ride will be at your own pace for about an hour and we will all meet at the Bridge at 15h00 to put up a plaque for Kosie. All are welcome to join!
Double Century Team Ride – 25 November 2017
The CMC teams have begun their training for the Double Century from 12th August. CMC have secured three team entries for the event. Team selection will be based on commitment to the training rides. Training rides are scheduled for Saturday mornings and will be moved to a Sunday in the event of rain.
Upcoming Events – September
|2 September||Cellar2Cellar Trail Run & Wine Experience|
|2 September||Realtors International Eureka Trail Run|
|2 September||Medihelp Bike & Tekkie Challenge|
|2 September||Botriver Trail Run|
|2 September||Riebeek-Kasteel Half Marathon|
|2 September||Kogelberg Challenge Pringle Bay|
|2 September||PPA Trans Karoo MTB|
|2 September||Greyton MTB Tour|
|3 September||Table Mountain Challenge Trail Run|
|3 September||Satori Camel Run|
|3 September||Ironman 70.3 Cascais|
|6 September||Merrell Spring Night Run Series 1|
|7 September||Wild Cost Wildrun – 3 days|
|9 September||Travelers Trail Run Le Bonheur|
|9 September||Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge & Trail Run|
|10 September||Stellenbosch Farm Run - Nooitgedacht|
|10 September||AARD 3 Vlei 10km|
|10 September||West Coast Express League and Funride|
|13 September||Moore Stevens Nite 10km & 5km|
|13 September||Merrell Spring Night Run Series 2|
|16 September||French Corner Fun Run/Walk, Franschoek|
|16 September||Sanlam Peace Trail 22km and 11km|
|17 September||Sanlam Cape Town City Marathon & 10km|
|17 September||Spring Trail Run, Knorhoek|
|17 September||PPA Cyclo Sportif #3|
|20 September||Merrell Spring Night Run Series 3|
|23 September||Ceres Fruit Juices Michell’s Pass Half Marathon|
|23 September||Oyster Catcher 3 day Trail Run|
|24 September||MiWay Cape Ultra Tri|
|24 September||Karoo to Coast MTB|
|24 September||Cape Mohair Fynbos Trail Run|
|24 September||Marloth Mountain Challenge|
|30 September||Freshpak Fitness Festival|
|30 September||Oyster Catcher 2 day Trail Run|
|30 September||Laingsburg Karoo Ultra Marathon|
You can order your club apparel from Estelle Kock. Kit available includes triathlon top, buff, arm warmers, cycling top, running top and gilets.
Yours in fitness;
Julia le Roux