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Brand, Steyn on fire in Kromdraai

National champions Brand (Johannes) Du Plessis and Andrea Steyn, were untouchable at the sixth annual Momentum Health Teavigo Duathlon race in Kromdraai, close to Hartebeespoort at the weekend.

Steyn, a physiotherapist at the Olympic Training Centre ÔÇô the HPC in Pretoria, had rested her calf niggle for the last two weeks, not even daring to go out and train. Clearly the rest paid good dividends, as she was once again left to race the men.

Only Su Don Wauchope was able to stay with her on the first 5km run leg. The two entered the transition together, but a super fast transition by Steyn ÔÇô by now her trademark ÔÇô saw her get away from Don-Wauchope onto the 30km bike leg.

It wasn’t the easiest of courses, undulating and breezy with the weather not knowing if it should be cold or warm up, but Steyn went into typical time trial mode and was gone. The final 2.5km run proved to be a doddle for Steyn. Don-Wauchope finished almost two minutes back, with a surprise third coming in the form of Natasha Gorrie.

At the beginning of the men’s race all thought that Brand may just be challenged for the first time in the series. Du Plessis was thus far undefeated coming into the series, but over the tough 5km run (made up of 2×2.5km laps of cross country with two steep climbs thrown in) Du Plessis was watched closely by Stuart Maree and Jason Spong.

Maree was battling with flu and that would take its toll on the bike. The three were split by a mere 10sec coming into the transition. All expected Spong and Maree to work together in the draft legal cycle race to catch Du Plessis, but Spong attacked straight away to try and cross the gap, but Du Plessis was having none of that.

Spong sat up and waited for┬á Maree and they were then joined by Micheal Davidson and Bryce Vegas, but could still not catch Du Plessis. In fact he was able to open a further two minutes over them and was thus a very comfortable winner to make it six from six wins in the series. Bryce Vegas had a superb run to finish second ÔÇô his first time on the podium ÔÇô with Spong, who is in training for the Powerman Series, happy in third.

That means that Du Plessis has 120 points out of a possible 120, some 28 points ahead of Maree on the rankings. Andrea Steyn, with four out of six victories, is sitting on 118 points, her nearest rival Nadia Pretorius on 90 points.

Results (5km run, 30km cycle, 2.5km run)
Men
1    Brand Du Plessis        1hr 18min 48sec            20 points
2    Bryce Vegas        1:21.13            19 points
3    Jason Spong        1:21.16            18 points

Women
1    Andrea Steyn        1:33.16            20 points
2    Su Don-Wauchope    1:35.11            19 points
3    Natasha Gorrie        1:35.28            18 points


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