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SA champs in CT
- Updated: June 17, 2011
Cape Town plays host to the 2011 SA Duathlon Championships on Saturday 18 June. The event doubles as the selection race for the World Championships in Gijon, Spain on 24 September.
The weather in Cape Town these last few days has been typical of winter, with loads of rain. However Saturday’s forecast is one of clear skies and sunshine… had it been raining, the bike course could have been very slippery.
Some 300 plus athletes will be lining up in various categories for the SA title as well as a chance to represent South Africa at the World Championships.
The race is broken down into a 10km run, 40km bike leg and anther 5km run and will be held around Green Point Park. The run legs, a 2.3km loop, go directly around Green Point Park, whilst the cycle route is an out and back 6.6km route along the Sea Point Promenade and is virtually as flat as a pancake.
Travis Johnston starts as favourite in the men’s race in the absence of the likes of Brand du Plessis and Richard Murray, who is currently competing in the ITU Series in Europe. Johnston is in fine form, after his win at the last Momentum I-flex National Duathlon race held at Roodeplat dam, north of Pretoria, on Sunday.
Johnston showed a classy field, including du Plessis and Theo Blignaut a clean pair of heels in the race. His biggest opposition is likely to come in the form of Johan Pretorius, a former 1500m track specialist. Pretorius will need to use all his guile, cunning and track speed to shake of Johnston if he hopes to be crowned SA Champion. His Achilles Heel is probably the cycle leg and the dynamics of the race could be quite interesting.
The women’s race is likely to unfold between Alea Brand, Kirsty Weir, Minette Bell and Rhode Snyman. Bell and Snyman come from a track background, and like Johan Pretorius in the men’s race, will be hoping to make the most of the speed they bring from the track onto the run leg. Weir is the former SA Champion and will be a dangerous contender, whilst Alae Brand is currently second on the Momentum I-flex National Duathlon Series log standings courtesy of her two fourth and one third place finish.
The Junior races start at 8am with the Elite athletes┬á getting under way at 11am.