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Defending champs reign supreme at 2016 Berg

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Velddrif – Hank McGregor entrenched his status as the undisputed champion of the Berg River Canoe Marathon by wrapping up a tactically brilliant overall victory while Bianca Beavitt defended her women’s title in a gusty display of determination when the race ended in Velddrif on the West Coast on Saturday. Holding a seven minute advantage going into the final stage ...

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Drama aplenty sorts out the Berg stage two field

Following a slow start on the opening day Mac Squad's Jenna Ward made a solid charge into second place in the women's race after the second stage of the 2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon on Thursday. John Hishin/
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McGregor’s major competition, Simon van Gysen and Adrian Boros, needed to make up some significant time on the second stage in order to put the 10-time champion under pressure however McGregor received a nasty gash on his forehead after he connected with a tree branch which threatened to derail his pursuit for an unprecedented eleventh title. “That’s the Berg for ...

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Circumspect start to Berg 2016

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Zonquasdrift – An unseasonably warm winter’s day in the Swartland for the first stage of the Berg River Canoe Marathon was matched with some heated racing on tough low water river conditions that eventually saw defending champions Hank McGregor and Bianca Beavitt set up overnight leads after the 62km first stage. With an eleventh Berg title in his sights McGregor ...

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McGregor and Beavitt lay down Berg time trial marker

Having missed out on the 2015 edition of the race Simon van Gysen returned with a positive second place at the opening time trial of the 2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon on Tuesday, 12 July. John Hishin/
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Paarl – Both defending champions signalled their intentions by winning the traditional pre-Berg River Canoe Marathon time trial with Hank McGregor and Bianca Beavitt leading the charge in their respective divisions before the four day race-proper begins on Wednesday, 13 July from Paarl Canoe Club. The 3,5 kilometre time-trial is set out to front row seeding for the first stage ...

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Berg 2016 set for enthralling showdown

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Paarl – With the men’s race for the 2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon crown being billed as one of the most competitive in the modern era, the women’s race received a timely boost when 2013 champion Jenna Ward lodged an eleventh hour entry to up the ante amongst the classy women’s field for the race starting on Wednesday, 13 July. ...

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River levels not a concern ahead of Berg 2016

AQRate's Louw van Riet and the rest of the 2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon field are breathing easier than they were this time twelve months ago as the Berg River looks set to serve up a low yet manageable water level for this year's clash from Paarl to Velddrif from 13-16 July.

Paarl – Paddlers that have entered the 2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon which takes place from Paarl to Velddrif are keeping a keen eye on weather forecasts and river levels leading up to the 240km race’s start Wednesday, 13 July. The good news for the highly competitive 2016 field is that there is significantly more water in the Berg River ...

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Magical McGregor joins mouth-watering Berg battle

Euro Steel/Kayak Centre's Hank McGregor has confirmed he will go in search of a record eleventh title when the 2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon from Paarl to Velddrif takes place from 13-16 July. John Hishin/
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Paarl – Ten time Berg River Canoe Marathon winner, Hank McGregor has confirmed his entry for this year’s race from Paarl to Velddrif which takes place from 13-16 July. The six time Marathon World Champion has dominated the event since the turn of the new millennium and is easily the race’s most successful competitor, almost doubling Robbie Herreveld and Stefan ...

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Nkhoesa out to settle Berg score

Euro Steel athlete and Computershare Change a Life Academy member, Banetse Nkhoesa is looking forward to returning to the Berg River Canoe Marathon this year after last year's troubles he suffered during the first and second stage of the race. Anthony Grote/
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Paarl – Banetse Nkhoesa and Thulani Mbanjwa will lead a competitive crop of Computershare Change a Life Academy paddlers down from KwaZulu-Natal to this year’s Berg River Canoe Marathon, which takes place from Paarl to Velddrif from 13-16 July. The pair bring with them tremendous pedigree and will look to guide their U23 Change a Life team mates Mmeli Cele, ...

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McGregor clinches fourth title in Mauritius

Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks' Hank McGregor of South Africa won his fourth Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic title, the first leg 2016 ICF Ocean Racing World Cup series. Anthony Grote/
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Durban – Following hot on the heels of his victory in the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge in Hawaii, Durbanite Hank McGregor underscored his form and ocean riding skills by winning the Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic in daunting, demanding downwind conditions. The event, which forms the first leg of the International Canoe Federation’s new World Cup circuit attracted a very strong ...

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Mocké rested and raring to go in Mauritius

Jasper Mocké (Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks) will be hunting a second title in the Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic on Saturday. Matt Moon/
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Cape Town – Fish Hoek surfski star Jasper Mocké is eagerly preparing for the ICF Ocean Racing World Cup season’s commencement when the Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic takes place this weekend, with a very strong field of some of the world’s best surfski racers gathering for the clash. The Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks star will be eager to make an impact ...

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