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Slanghoek Triathlon

The Slanghoek Triathlon in pictures…..

Triathletes compete in the Slanghoek Triathlon organised by Iqela Events in the Slanghoek Valley, near Rawsonville in the Western Cape of South Africa

The B Spot

Tygerberg Mountain Bike club has excelled with this magical piece of trail at Bloemendal Wine farm in Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa. It’s great for the entire family from todders upwards, and is excellent for skills training as well. Do the green route 3 times and you have clocked up 30km of really fun riding. Give it a go!
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Western Province Triathlon Championships 2015

Yes, a Month before the new year, the 2015 champs were held at the beautiful Val de Vie estate, in Paarl near Cape Town.

With temperatures hitting an oven like 38 degrees C by midday, it was a sterling effort by all the entry groups to even start, let alone finish. People suffered, but they raced. With everything they had.

When I look back to the first triathlon that I raced in 2008 (WP Champs at Elsenberg), the increased  level of professionalism and expertise shown by the organisers and Triathlon South Africa is astounding. It’s small wonder then, that Triathlon was chosen as the top sporting code at the recent 2014 South African Sports Awards.

Well done everybody.

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Tribe Tri Youth Triathlon

Tribe Tri Youth Events are taking the Western Cape of South Africa by storm, with triathlons targeted exclusively for kids and youth up to 19 years old. To call it a success would be an understatement. It is making a huge impact on the sport and the crew who run the series can be justly proud of themselves.

 

To find out more about the series, click here to visit their website

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Woolworths Charity Triathlon 2014

Some of the worlds Top cross triathlon athletes came to compete in the Woolworths Charity Triathlon, held at Paul Cluver estate, Grabouw, near Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on the 15th of November 2014. The likes of Dan Hugo, World Xterra champion Flora Duffy, Theo Blignaut and Robyn Williams gave it a full go to raise funds for charity.

All of the photographers donated their time and efforts for free, and the voice of IRONMAN Triathlon Europe, Paul Kaye was there to make a noise, and entertain behind the microphone.

Free images are available to the athletes at our sister website. Click here to get them.

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has been reinvented to be one of the top running event in the world. I was asked by Asics to shoot their involvement in the event as a race sponsor.

The race organisation is headed by Elana Meyer and Francois Pienaar, and is going to be a guaranteed sell out in 2015. Get your entries in early.

IRONMAN South Africa

It’s an event that is so big, so popular and so special, that the entire word is capitalised. And while the word iconic is overused and has become hopelessly clichéd, it’s surely permissible, just this once, to use it to describe IRONMAN South Africa.

I am sure that when the organisers of the first IRONMAN event on African soil first sat down to plan their inaugural race, way back in 2005, they fully expected it to be a success and to still be an annual event ten years later. I’m also pretty certain that in their wildest and most ambitious dreams, they didn’t have a clue how massive IRONMAN South Africa would become. Massive not only in the number of competitors entered but also how big the IRONMAN brand and sport of long distance triathlon would become in our country.

To give you an idea of the scale of this event, ten years ago there were 786 competitors. This year there were 2,371. And there could have been plenty more had entries not been capped for the sake of safety and sanity. Of those entrants, 519 (22%) were international visitors. And a massive 2,085 (88%) were from outside the Port Elizabeth area. It’s small wonder then that given the massive cash injection the event gives to the area that the Nelson Mandela Bay authorities give such great support to this race.

For the uninitiated, an IRONMAN distance triathlon comprises a 3.8 km swim, 180 km cycle and 42 km marathon distance run. While other major South African sporting events may have more competitors to deal with, they don’t have three disciplines spread over a 226 km route, some of it in the sea. It’s a logistical nightmare and requires the kind of planning and attention to detail that would scare NASA mission planners.

There is a group of 21 athletes who have travelled the ten-year path with the race, having entered and finished all ten events. Most IRONMAN athletes ‘do’ one or two events. Some even enter five or six. To do ten is very special. The amount of training and dedication required to achieve that is simply astonishing. Being a lover of stats, let me share these numbers with you.

In the ten events to date, the ten-year athletes would have each covered the following distances:
Swim – 38 km
Bike – 1,802 km
Run – 422 km
Total – 2,262 km

To give this some context, these distances are equivalent to:
• Swimming, cycling and running from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg and back.
• Swimming, cycling and running from London to Barcelona and back.
• Jumping down the Bloukrans Bungy 10,472 times in a row.
• Scaling 5,937 Empire State Buildings.

And that’s just the race distances. Training for an IRONMAN is where the real distance and time is put in, and you can safely multiply those distances by 50. It truly is exceptional.

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, IRONMAN South Africa shuffled things around a bit to safely accommodate the number of competitors on the course. The swim went from two laps to a single, big 3.8 km slog around Nelson Mandela Bay. The big change though was to the bike leg, where it went from being three relatively flat laps in the past, to two longer laps that included the very hilly new section out to Maitlands and Seaview.

The new course may have been jaw-droppingly beautiful, but the combination of the newly introduced elevation gain and a strong headwind, which is now famously known as the ‘beasterly easterly’, would combine to turn many a racer’s day into a localised version of hell on earth. Athletes who previously had planned to return a personal best in their race were now changing their goal to finishing before the dreaded psychological moment; when light turns to dark and the organisers hand out glowsticks to those still left on the course. When the glowsticks come out, there are still 5 hours left for athletes to beat the final 17-hour cut-off.

It’s a very long day out on the road for the athletes. It’s been an equally long ten-year road for the race organisers. For both, there can surely be very little to beat the feeling of satisfaction and achievement that they must feel.

Happy Birthday IRONMAN South Africa. May you live to be a hundred years with one extra year to repent. – Irish

Results
Men
1. Nils – FROMMHOLD – Germany
2. Kyle – BUCKINGHAM – South Africa
3. Faris – AL-SULTAN – Germany

bWomen
1. Simone – BRANDLI – Switzerland
2. Lucy – GOSSAGE – United Kingdom
3. Jodie Ann – SWALLOW – United Kingdom

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Two Oceans Marathon: Cape Town

Winding around the Cape Peninsula after an early morning start in Newlands, the Two Oceans Marathon is an iconic Cape Town event.
These are a few of my images from the day.