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Ironman Cascais 70.3 Race Report

When the new Ironman event was announced in 2016, I knew immediately that this was the event that I had been waiting for as my first overseas race.  It was made even more special by the fact that my sister and husband, my Ironman support crew would be joining me in the adventure.  Most importantly, it gave me the opportunity to visit my family in nearby Madeira.tri 1

I approached the race and decided upfront I would be a tourist.  No time goals with only the goal to enjoy myself and soak up the magic. With this decision made, it was a no brainer to rent a bike for the race. This removed all the stress of getting my bike in one piece to the event and the return journey home.

Cascais is situated about 30km from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.  It was a long flight from Cape Town to Dubai and then Dubai to Lisbon, Portugal.  It was totally worth it! The location of the race is in a picturesque town.  There was a concern over gale force winds the night before race day. For the first time, I did not rack my bike the day before.  Yes, it felt a little strange to still have a bike with me the night before the race.  We only collected our timing chip with the instruction to rack from 5h00 the following day.  Fortunately, the wind would prove not to be factor on race day.

The swim included an Australian exit.  Don’t worry I had no idea what this meant either.  Simply put an Australian exit means you start the swim and exit on land and then get back into the sea and continue your swim.  A great example closer to home is the Slanghoek Tri.

tri 2Race day arrived and the sea was perfectly calm.  I managed to get myself into a group which helped me navigate the course.  Yes, I admit it I did not study the swim route in detail.  In my defence, I had plenty of people to follow. J  The upside of being in a group is that you are going faster than you think with less effort.  The downside of being in a group you tend to get knocked and have to watch out not to be kicked in the face. I am happy to report that the only casualty was a stopped watch.

With all the South Africans at the event, there were lots of athletes greeting each other on the bike course while overtaking.  The first 50km of the bike is fast and flat. It is really easy to go too hard in this section. The following 25km includes 700m of climbing in the direction of Sintra.  The last 15km are mostly downhill or flat to transition.   The wind did not play too much of a role except on the last bit of climb in the direction of Sintra which seemed a little cruel considering it was the steepest part of the course.  All in all, the bike went really well on my rental bike!

The run is always tough in a 70.3 in the heat of the day.  Just to make it a little more interesting, we did not have a flat run course.  The elevation was just enough to tire weary legs. The upside of a hilly route is the downhill.

My race fell a little apart on the first lap due to insufficient nutrition on the bike. I knew I had to take on board some race nutrition if I wanted to finish strong. Unfortunately, the race nutrition/bars on the course tasted awful. The bars did, however, do the job and I recovered to finish strong.  It made me realise that we are very lucky in SA to have some great sponsors who make their products available at Ironman races.   tri 3

I loved every moment of my race.  It was a complete bonus to achieve a personal best at the race.  If you are considering an overseas event, this event is rated very highly.

Other notable achievements

Cape Ultra Tri – 23 September

  Time Age category position
Niel Thiart 05:21:02 4
Miguel Netto 05:35:22 5
Jacques Bouwer 05:35:59 6
Riaan Boshoff 05:36:39 7
Cobus Fourie 05:41:27 8
Willie de Witt 05:55:16 9
Susan Booysen 06:42:10 3
Werner Schmidt 06:42:26 16
Ferdinand Booysen 06:44:10 17
Morne Laurie 06:46:52 19
Elizma Geldenhuys 06:52:16 2
Barno Pieters 07:03:24 3
Derine Sanderbergh 07:19:05 9


Cape Ultra Sprint

  Time Age category position
Camm van Rensburg 01:13:39 2
Jacques Badenhorst 01:19:51 7
Andro Theart 01:26:20 9
Bennie Hickman 01:26:25 24
Alec van Wyk 01:28:01 13
Michael Hayes 01:29:57 34
Petro Neethling 01:31:50 3
Elmaree Stapelberg 01:35:10 9
Beverley Schultz 01:37:42 11
Carol-Ann van Eeden 01:38:22 13
Nicole Thompson 01:38:28 14
Sonja Swanevelder 01:38:39 3
Carl Schultz 01:43:50 17
Riaan van Heerden 01:46:03 27
Marilize Laurie 01:49:26 20
Jean-Pierre Roux 01:54:58 70
Anneke Cronje 01:56:11 22
Marilize James 01:56:35 23


Freshpak Fitness Festival – 30 September


Cobus Fourie 1.5km 27:28
Jandre de Milander 1.5km 29:13
Petro Neethling 1.5km 39:17
Carl Schultz 3km 52:20
Miguel Netto 3km 53:14
Bennie Hickman 3km 01:10:17



  Time Age category position
Rudi de Wet 01:27:58 2
Petro Neethling 01:15:51 2
Bennie Stapelberg 01:17:47 4



  Time Age category position
Cobus Fourie 01:10:50 1 (2nd overall)
Niel Thiart 01:11:58 2
Bev Schultz 01:31:33 2
Alec van Wyk 01:34:28 10
Hein Brand 01:34:47 11
Derick Nieuwoudt 01:47:05 14
Carl Schultz 02:06:24 19





Age category position
Miguel Netto 01:15:37 14
Almari de Milander 01:32:36 9
Andro Theart 01:32:40 15
Dirk Nieuwoudt 01:33:56 45
Niel Thiart 01:37:56 55
Carol van Eeden 01:49:17 8
Susan de Wet 01:51:58 12
Nico Claase 01:54:06 48
Riaan van Eeden 01:57:10 52
Petro Neethling 02:03:33 18
Alec van Wyk 02:10:14 64


Slanghoek Triathlon      





Age category position
Carol van Eeden MTB sprint 01:37:45 2
Riaan van Eeden MTB sprint 01:49:12 16


  Event Time Age category position
Jandre de Milander MTB long 03:16:04 10
Kevin Harker MTB long 03:34:40 10


  Event Time Age category position
Petro Neethling Road sprint 01:38:24 11
Lize Esterhuizen Road sprint 01:41:18 15
Roelof van Heerden Road sprint 01:48:27 19
Christine Thoresson Road sprint 01:52:16 27
Anneke Cronje Road sprint 01:52:41 23


  Event Time Age category position
Niel Thiart Road Long 02:20:51 3
Riaan Boshoff Road Long 02:27:52 2
Cobus Fourie Road Long 02:30:27 4
Michael Hayes Road Long 02:48:35 23
Peter van Wyk Road Long 02:49:03 5
Jack Akers Road Long 02:50:51 6
Etienne Barnard Road Long 02:50:55 7
Bennie Hickman Road Long 02:51:52 25
Andro Theart Road Long 03:12:15 33
Derine Sanderbergh Road Long 03:19:08 20


  Event Time Age category position
The Has Beens – including Jenny Close Road Long Team 02:33:01 1
Elmaree Stapelberg Road Long Team 02:57:51 5


In the STBB4Good MTB held on 21 October 2017, Petro Neethling was 2nd overall in the 30km in a time of 02:05:20.

At the PPA One Tonner held on 22 October 2017, Irma Theron was 20th overall and 3rd in her age group in a time of 06:18:05.

Upcoming events

Scroll down below for a list of events for September to keep you on track.

Race 2 Stanford – 18 November 2017

A new ultra distance triathlon will be taking place on 18 November 2017. The event organiser is Paul Ingpen.  This ultra-distance race kicks off in the Hermanus Harbour with a 1.9km swim followed by a 90km loop from Hermanus to Stanford through the Hemel en Aarde Valley. The 21km is comprised of 3 loops along the banks of the Klein River.  At the finish you can expect a farm style festival including beer, wine, cheese, food, art and live music.

Lomond Triathlon – 16 December 2017

A new offroad triathlon will be taking place on 16 December 2017 at Lomond Wine Estate in Gansbaai. There are two distances on offer, the full (1.2km swim, 30km MTB, 12km trail run) or the sprint (400m swim, 15km MTB, 6km trail run).  Registration and late entries will be available at Lomond on 15 December between 17:00 to 19:00 or on 16 December between 06:30 -08:00.


Entry fees:

Full Solo               R400

Full Team             R450

Sprint Solo          R300

Sprint Team        R360


Jailbreak Triathlon

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled for 2017 as no suitable, reliable and safe venue could be secured for the event.  The event will be rescheduled again for December 2018.

 Upcoming Events – November

3 November Rally 8km Run – Series 1 , False Bay Rugby Club
4 November Boschedal Orchard Half Marathon & 10km, Pniel Dwarsriver Sport Complex
5 November Landmarks Half Marathon & 6km fun run
5 November 1st SOMS
10 November Spier Twilight Trail Run
11 November Blue Boost Winelands Marathon
11 November Langebaan Country Estate Lagoon Cycle Challenge
12 November Langebaan Country Estate Lagoon MTB Funride
12 November Delheim MTB
12 November Swim at Calais Wine Estate Entries via
13 November Brian Curtis Mile Swim, Eikenhof Dam
16 November B2Run, Green Point Track
18 November Edgemead 10km
18 November Oyster Catcher Ultra
18 November Waterfront to Heads Half Marathon
18 November Winelands Charity Swim, Calais Wine Estate
18 November Race 2 Stanford Ultra
18 November Sanlam MTB invitational
18 November To Hell and Back MTB – 2 days
19 November 94.7 Cycle Challenge
19 November Cyclo Sportif #5
22 November Sanlam Niel Joubert Plaaswedloop 13km
24 November Rally 8km Run – Series 2, The Range
25 November Die Vlakte Marathon, Half & 10km
25 November Mitchells Plain Titans Half Marathon
25 November NOFSA 5km Family run
25 November Double Century Team Ride
25 November Pennypinchers Origin of Trails – 2 days
25 November Brian Curtis mile at Oceana Boat Club
26 November Blooming Trail Run, L’Avenir
26 November Tantivvey Guest Farm 5km Trail Run
Club apparel

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

Triathlon Captain



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By Estelle / Administrator on Nov 08, 2017

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