Chris Hitchcock

SA XCO #3 and WC XCO Weekend at Bloemendal.

Hot. It was very hot. But the racing was even hotter. (Go King of cliches). On a weekend that turned into a celebration of cross country mountain biking that saw the cream of the crop in South Africa meet at the Bloemendal Trail Park on the outside of Durbanville near Cape Town, the intense heat was the big equaliser. Manage your temperature and look after your bike, and the rest will be easy. That at least was the theory. ItClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

Speedo Island Escape

As I write this I’m wondering, because I’m in a particularly lazy mood, if there is really any point to putting words to these images of the latest Speedo Island Escape on the 13th of April. The weather was perfect. So perfect in fact that the sea was reflecting the clouds languidly (ooh fancy) floating in the hazy sky. You can see it in some of the photos. If you need words, let me direct you to this previous IslandClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

2021 SA Laser Run Championships

The 2021 SA Laser Run Championships were held at Somerset College near Somerset West in the Western Cape on the 27th of March. The Laser-Run combines laser shooting and running and launched in 2014 as the last part of the full Modern Pentathlon competition. Athletes of all ages from 8 to 80 can participate and the event can be staged on beaches, in cities and in the countryside. Laser-Run combines Running and Shooting in fast-paced and dynamic races including fourClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

SA Modern Pentathlon Championships

The 2021 SA Modern Pentathlon Championships were held at Somerset College near Somerset West in the Western Cape on the 27th of March The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five different events; fencing (one-touch épée), freestyle swimming (200 m), equestrian show jumping (15 jumps), and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross country running (3200 m). This last event is now referred to as the laser-run, since it alternates four legs of laser pistol shooting followed by an 800 m run (for 3200 m in total). The event is inspired by the traditional pentathlon heldClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

Speedo island Escape

Speedo island Escape March 2021. It was a good day for a 7.5km Robben Island to Big Bay swim. No wind at all, flat seas, and lots of sun. The only minor blemish was an average sea temp of 12°C. Luckily I only had to watch. The Island Escape Open Water Swim Event has been created to provide both, novice and experienced swimmers, with the opportunity to tick off that bucket list swim – the Robben Island crossing, while participatingClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

South African National Road Race Championship

(Via Cycling SA) Hayley Preen and Marc Pritzen were crowned the 2021 South African National Road Race Champions in Swellendam today. Pritzen claimed the under-23 title in the same race. Preen won the women’s elite road race (133km) in a time of 4:18:06 while Pritzen pipped Willie Smit to the post in a time of 4:51:42 in the men’s elite race (178km). Pritzen is Namibian-born but is a South African registered rider, allowing him to participate in the South AfricanClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

South African National Road Race Championships

(Via Cycling SA) Ryan Gibbons and Candice Lill claim 2021 Individual Time Trial titles at South African National Road Race Championships in Swellendam On a day not entirely suited to the individual time trial pursuit, Ryan Gibbons (UAE Team Emirates) and Candice Lill (faces.africa) claimed the men’s and women’s National Time Trial titles at the 2021 South African National Road Race and Time Trial Championships in Swellendam. Gibbons completed the 40km men’s time trial course in a time of 51:24.08,Click to read more and to see the event image gallery

Harvest Trail Run

What with the second national Covid lockdown and the uncertainty for event organisers of organising a race that can be cancelled at the drop of a Government ministers fedora, it’s been exactly 3 months and a day since I shot my last sports event. It’s been so long in fact, that high summer has been replaced by the first chilly tentacles of an autumn that is due to make a proper head-on assault any day now. Of course, that’s theClick to read more and to see the event image gallery

Shanae Williams

One of the best parts of my job is working with new emerging sports stars. People like Shanae Williams . Shanae is definitely a proper talent, holding national colours in no less than 4 different sporting disciplines including water polo and synchronised swimming. She is now concentrating on her triathlon career where she has competed internationally and in a Covid disrupted 2020 she won the prestigious Durban Ultra Triathlon. On the shoot, we were concentrating mostly on her cycling disciplineClick to read more and to see the event image gallery