The past weekend saw athletes fly in from as far as Port Elizabeth and Durban for the Slanghoek Triathlon on the weekend of 25 and 26 October.
Iqela Events owner, Pieter du Plessis changed the weekend arrangements from the previous years by making it a two day triathlon festival with the mountain biking long and short course on the Saturday followed by the road long and short course on Sunday. Breeland Wine Cellar played host to both events.
This proved to be a fantastic weekend with Slanghoek valley showing off the beauty of its surroundings in near perfect weather conditions.
The Mountain Bike Triathlon
The Breeland Wine dam once again welcomed all athletes with clean water and perfect temperatures. With a new course layout for the mountain bike, the athletes were treated to some true mountain biking with single track, steep climbs and fast flowing jeep track making sure they worked hard for the entire 28km before getting to break records on the new run course which saw athletes better their times, the winners as well as the back markers.
Long Course Mountain Bike
Antoinne Van Heerden demolished the field with Matt Daneel and Michael Lord finishing up the men’s podium. Robyn Williams displayed her class by leading the ladies race from the swim to the run while Rita Terblanche and Berlize Du Plessis rounded off the woman’s podium.
Short Course Mountain Bike
The short course saw close to 120 athletes completing the race. Eileen Ketterer maintained an unassailable lead over Tanya Bronkhorst and Elrika Calitz taking 2nd and 3rd spot respectively. In the men’s race Tim Toovey just managed to hang on to his lead with a worthy chase from Werner Bruckner close on his heals and Jarrett West taking the final position on the podium.
The Road Triathlon
On Sunday morning, the surrounding mountains presented a crystal clear view with not a cloud in sight. You could still feel the hype of the previous day as athletes filled the parking area and completed registration at the Breeland Wine Cellar.
Soon the spectator’s area was packed out and the road triathlon ready to start.
Long Course Triathlon
Close to 600 athletes completed the long and short course while the man from PE, Clinton Gravett just managed to beat the Cyber Coach from Durban, Donavan Van Gelder, proving once again that age is just a number, with Matt Knight taking 3rd spot. The ladies had a well contested race, as Kelly van den Toorn, Vicky van der Merwe and Celeste Renaud exited the water together. Kelly soon turned on the heat by breaking away on the bike and running into T2 with a 5min lead. Professional triathlete Vicky van der Merwe managed to run down Kelly’s lead with a 41minute 10km run, resulting in a 1st for her and Kelly in 2nd and Celeste in 3rd.
Short Course Triathlon
The 17-year-old youngster, Nicholas Quenet wrapped up this race beating his closest rival by 5min. In Tim Toovey’s defense, he also won the mountain bike short course so well done for coming back and making it 2 podiums from 2 while Tiaan Pretorius secured the final spot on the podium.
The ladies race was won by our Western Cape warrior, Dominique D’Oliveira, Mellusca Farnham in close second and the youngster from Team Tri-Plex, Anja Wolstenholme in 3rd.
A big thanks must go out to Xterra Westuits, KTM Bike Industry, Brooks, Gu Energy Lab, Sportsmans Warehouse, First Ascent, Breedekloof Wine Valley and the hosts, Breeland Kelder. Without these sponsors events like these will not be possible.
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