Grand finale in National Duathlon Series on 19 August
Duathlon returns to its road origins for the third time with Race 6 at ATKV Buffelspoort in North West province on 19 August.
The Momentum Health i-Flex National Duathlon Series 2012 powered by PeptoPro offers duathletes the unique opportunity to alternate their fitness and skills at three road and three offroad events at six different venues each year.
It is also Africa’s richest duathlon series, offering a whopping R300,000 in prizemoney.
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This event is held on the road, so bring along your road (mountain bikes are equally welcome), riding kit and road running shoes. Cycling helmets are compulsory.
If you don’t have a bicycle, you may form a team with a friend. If you’re a cyclist, find a runner friend and take part together.
From Johannesburg: Take the R512 and follow this until you turn right on the R560 close to Hartbeespoortdam. After about 4km turn left on the R104 to Mooinooi. Continue for approximately 35km until you reach the destination on your left.
From Pretoria: Take Rustenburg N4, Turn off at Mooinooi and turn left. At T-junction turn right, ATKV Buffelspoort will be on the left hand side
S25 45′ 462″
E27 29′ 268″
Course director Andre de Beer says “The run course at ATKV resort is very flat, almost downhill, with twists and turns. It’s very scenic. First leg is two laps of 2.5km to make up 5km for the main race. The final run one lap of 2.5km is on the same course. The bike leg is on a very hard route, out and back, with four very demanding hills. This race will favour the cyclist!”
Stay at ATKV Buffelspoort for the final event and get 15% discount on the normal tariff.
Book with code BPM01 and receive a 15% reduction. ATKV members only qualify for normal discount and no additional discount will be given.
One of the spot prizes on the day will be a midweek stay at one of the 4-star Magalies Villa units to the value of R5,000.
“I am looking forward to the last race of the Series for 2012 as this is a series we love doing. My form is coming on well and I am trying to do more cycling on the road as the end of August is also Road Cycling Word Champs in Pietermaritzburg.This is the first time that the Duathlon will be at this venue, and I always like to do well at the last event of the Series.” Brand du Plessis
Series women’s leader Andrea Steyn is preparing for World Duathlon Championships at the end of September. “Training is going very well. I will be doing the Clover Cycle Tour the week before the race so I’m not sure how my legs will feel after five stages of lots of hill climbing in Graskop. But it’s all part of preparation for Worlds. I’ve never raced at Buffelspoort so am looking forward to the new race venue.” Andrea Steyn
Riana de Lange will be racing the final event. “This race should be exciting! It’s the last in a great series and there is a lot at stake for those who are in contention for the final places. Critically, the areas I have been working on all came together at the JHB leg, and after a good third, my confidence is high! This is a draft-legal road event, so usually if you want to make any impact on the cycle leg, the first run needs to be really good. I have heard though that the route takes in parts of the recent Le Coq Sportif Cycle tour, specifically ‘that’ hill, so there is an opportunity there to break up the bunch. Andy and I will be doing a route recce this weekend to look at what gearing I’ll need, and also whether aero, or climbing wheels will be the best option.” Riana de Lange
I think this venue will be better than the previous final in Potchefstroom. The roads out at Buffelspoort are more undulating and should provide more of a challenge than the pan-flat Potch area. In light of my dip in form I will be racing more to secure the win in the 40+ race on the day and the overall series, than trying to trouble the youngsters as I have attempted in previous events. Donovan van Gelder
Brat Race 8:00am
Kiddies Race: 8:15am
Main Race: 9.15am
Brat Race: 30m run, 500m road, 30m run
Kiddies Race: 1km run, 5km road, 1km run
Main Race: 5km run, 40km road, 2.5km run
T-shirts to the first 450 entrants only. PeptoSport drink in cups available for all competitors to top up their fluid, carbohydrate and protein stores on completion of the race.
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.
More info at official website: duathlon.co.za
Momentum Health, I-Flex, PeptoPro
Mr Price Sport, Triathlon SA, Go Multi magazine, ASG Sport Solutions, Revite Vit-T-Go, Bene’, Planet Fitness, Franco Sport
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
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)
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)