First National Duathlon Series event on 4 March

Africa’s largest duathlon phenomenon turns five

Entries are open for Race 1 of the Momentum Health I-Flex National Duathlon Series 2012 powered by PeptoPro at Kameelfontein on 4 March. It is a road bike and road run format, although mountain bikes are welcome.

To enter or for more information, visit duathlon.co.za.

Prizemoney: More than R300,000 for the Series!

Last year’s Momentum Health i-Flex National Duathlon Series, powered by PeptoPro, was the most successful in its four-year history.

It’s back for a fifth season and all indications point to a bigger and better experience for hundreds of competitors nationally.

In 2012, the National Duathlon Series, Africa’s largest and richest duathlon, plans to take its reputation for providing slick organisation, exceptional value for money and the safest venues available, to another level. The race continues to be powered by both Momentum Health’s HealthReturns plan and the leading technology of PeptoSport and i-Flex, two products highly regarded by discerning endurance athletes for energy and protein replacement as well as joint care.

This year’s race is different in that timing will be handled by Mr Price Sport, meaning results will be available even faster than before. Working with a professional photographic company will ensure high-quality photos will be available for sale online to all competitors.

Entries are open for Race 1 of the six-event Series now.

The first event on 4 March is pitched at the vast number of run and cycle athletes in Gauteng. It’s held at the secure environment of Kameelfontein, near Roodeplaat outside Pretoria. To enter or for more information, visit duathlon.co.za.
Direct link to entry portal: http://www.mrpriceheroes.co.za/RaceInfo.aspx?RaceId=67

Prizemoney: More than R300,000 for the Series, making it Africa’s richest duathlon series.

Momentum Health members earn up to R5,400 in HealthReturns. Visit www.momentum.co.za/health for more, or http://momentumhealth.mobi on your cellphone.

The first event on 4 March is pitched at the vast number of run and cycle athletes in Gauteng. It’s held at the secure environment of Kameelfontein, near Roodeplaat outside Pretoria. To enter or for more information, visit duathlon.co.za.

Direct link to entry portal: http://www.mrpriceheroes.co.za/RaceInfo.aspx?RaceId=67

We asked some of the top contenders and this is what they’re saying about the National Duathlon Series:

Duathlon Queen Andrea Steyn: “I am looking forward to another great Series. I am sure this year will be a better year than last year, when I was only did two of the events due to injury.”
Steyn leaves for Brazil early next week for the sprint Triathlon Festival and a week later does the Duathlon Series race. “The first event in the Series is ideal preparation for anyone doing the SA Triathlon Champs two weeks later,” she says.

Her advice on the day? “Kameelfontein is actually a very undulating course. I would recommend, especially people new to cycling, that although it is a drafting race to still pace yourself. If you feel comfortable drafting behind someone use it to your advantage. Don’t try to grind those hills. Rather spin more during the uphills… remember this is a duathlon and you still need your legs after the bike to do that last run!”

David Labuschagne of Cycle Lab agrees: “The first race at Kameelfontein will again be a tough race. The run is fairly flat, ideal for the asphalt runners. But the cycle leg is hilly and this will test the cycling legs; there will be no free rides in the bunch. The hills will give the ideal opportunity to split the bunch and build a lead for the last run.”

Triathlete Riana de Lange: “My training has been going well and I’m looking forward to this year’s National Duathlon Series. I’ve been working on my running, which is usually my weak point, with coach Lindsey Parry. So I hope that the work will pay off this year. I’m also injury-free, not like last year, where I had to pull out of the Series.” She has enthused fiancé Andy Robertson, who will be doing his first Duathlon Series.

Alae Brand, the petite Capetonian doctor who finished the Series in third place in 2011, was involved in a bicycle crash in the league race on the second weekend of February and won’t be attending. “I fractured my left collarbone and my ticket was already booked for the first event. I wish all competitors a great first event in the Series!”

Brand du Plessis, winner of the men’s title since its inception, says, “For the first race, I don’t know how my legs are going to be. These days I train only on my mountain bike as I feel it is safer than the road, and with the running I am on three times a week, if it is a good week. I hope I have better results in 2012 than last year. I believe the National Duathlon Series will be even more successful than before.”

Tennille Robertson, Business Manager for i-Flex, PeptoPro and PeptoSport and also a keen competitor: “Taking part in the National Duathlon Series gives me the opportunity to test my skills against the top duathletes in the country. Experiencing both gruelling offroad and road events at awesome venues is incredible.”

Follow the race on Twitter.com/DuathlonSeries
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Start Times:
Brat Race 8:00am
Kiddies Race: 8:15am
Main Race: 9.15am

Distances:
Brat Race: 30m run, 500m cycle, 30m run
Kiddies Race: 1km run, 5km cycle, 1km run
Main Race: 5km run, 40km cycle, 2.5km run

T-shirts to the first 450 entrants only.

Timing by Finish Time/Mr Price timing chips (also known as Racetec). Chips will be available for sale. If you have a Winning Time chip, you do not need to get the Racetec chip, confirms finishtime.co.za. It uses the same 134 kHz Texas Instruments chip as the Racetec used by Finish Time. Champion Chip and Spectrum Sport chips are not compatible.

Sponsors:
Momentum Health, I-Flex, PeptoPro

Partners:
Mr Price Sport, Triathlon SA, Go Multi magazine, ASG Sport Solutions, Revite Vit-T-Go, Bene’, Planet Fitness, Franco Sport

Prize Money:
Open (Men and Women):
1st – R5000
2nd – R3000
3rd – R2000

Open Teams (men, women, mixed):
1st – R1500
2nd – R1000

Age 40 – 49 (men and women):
1st – R1000
2nd – R750
3rd – R500

Age 50+ (men and women):
1st – R1000
2nd – R750
3rd – R500

Scholars 16-18 (boys and girls)
1st – R600
2nd – R500
3rd – R400

School Teams 13+ (boys and girls):
1st – R450
2nd – R300
3rd – R150

 

Televised on SuperSport

Broadcast times: http://www.duathlon.co.za/contents/momentum_i-flex_duathlon_supersport_times.html

 

2012 Series dates:

Event 1: Sun 4 Mar, Kameelfontein, near Pretoria (road)

Event 2: Sun 15 Apr, Lourensford Wine Estate, Cape Town (offroad)

Event 3: Sun 6 May, Pollock Beach, Port Elizabeth (road)

Event 4: Sun 10 Jun, KZN (offroad)

Event 5: Sun 22 Jul, Waterfall Estate, Johannesburg (offroad)

Event 6: Sun 19 Aug, North West Province (road)

 

Series overview

Three events are off-road (5km run / 30km mountain bike / 2.5km run – timed as one event)

Three events are road (5km run / 40km cycle / 2.5km run – timed as one event)

Fifth year (started 2008)

 

Media: Deon Braun 082 377 4669 deon@gomulti.co.za

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