MANDELA MTB MARATON….

RMB Change a Life Zulus to tackle Mandela Mtb Marathon on the 30th AugustThe Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash taking place on Saturday 30th August is an event that is attracting many different people for many different reasons.

When Sibusiso Khuzwayo was a youngster growing up near Durban he used to ride his bike because the carefree days of youth allowed for this but more importantly, because he loved it. As time went on and he got older and “life” started to happen, his riding days became less and less until they were non – existent and it was only when the doctor told him that his blood pressure was getting high and he needed to exercise more that he rediscovered his joy of riding and over the past while has gotten back on the bike and feels a whole lot better for it.

“This is something I’ll be doing for the rest of my life now because it’s good for me, it helps me control my weight and has allowed me to bring my blood pressure down and I just love it”, said Khuzwayo. He has ridden the Amashova and the Tour d”Urban in the past and on the 30th August he will tackle his first long distance MTB course when he rides the 42km route at the MTB Dash.

The advent of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash and Sibusiso’s love of the bike is a very happy coincidence as he is also the Municipal Manager for the uMgungundlovu District Municipality who are the overriding controlling body for the Mandela Day Marathon and its associated activities. He is a man that wholeheartedly embraces Nelson Mandela’s ethos of providing opportunities for all and this became evident when asked why a mountain bike event has been added to the Mandela Day event’s programme this year, saying “Madiba belongs to us all – to all walks of life. By bringing a MTB event into the programme it was another way to honour Madiba’s life and to open his legacy to other people apart from runners.

Sibusiso Khuzwayo, like many others on the 30th August will be riding his bike just because he loves it and wants to be part of something that is already touched by Madiba’s magic.

The boys from the “RMB Change a Life MTB team” on the other hand who were also at the Capture Site where the start and finish of the event will be checking out the course before the big day, are competing for very different reasons.
This is a professional team that is making waves in MTB circles with many talented riders within its ranks and are a product of a well organised and successful development programme and no one will be surprised if one or more of them climb onto the winner’s podium of the day of the race. Team leader John Ntuli was adamant that they were competing in the event to win it for the prestige and the prizes on offer and with all eight members of their group riding the 42km race, competition is bound to be fierce on the day across all the categories.

The Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash has a 21km and 42km race that has lots of prizemoney attached as well as a 10km family ride with the first race starting at 9am on the day. Entries are open for the event at www.roag.co.za and will close when the first 600 x entries have been received. General event information can also be found at www.kznmtb.co.za.

CHANGE A LIFE – JULY 2014 UPDATE….

Change a life Paddling:
A ten strong Change a Life Team travelled down to the Berg Canoe Marathon, half of which was made up of the up and coming Juniors in the Change a Life Team. What a great opportunity for them to be on a road trip to the Wine region of South Africa. This Berg Canoe race was made so much tougher by the wet and extreme cold conditions paddlers had to endure. Thanks to Hi-Tec for couriering Herman base layers and Boreas wind breakers to the boys upon their arrival in Paarl. Eric finished Day 1 in the sort after top 10 but then had two unfortunate swims in the icy waters on Day 2 and struggled to recover from that, finishing 17th. However after four days Eric finished 13th overall. Similarly 2013 race winner Lance King had a swim at Daljosofat weir and subsequently cramped profusely, dropping back to 16th. All in all, a most encouraging performance from a young team, with final results of 8 Change a Life paddlers in the top 44. The highlight being Change a Life scooping 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall in the U18 Junior category.

Sent Lucas to a two day Development Coaching Summit which I attended as well and did a presentation on sustainable development.

As mentioned last month, a mentally disturbed person broke 8 Change a Life paddles in the equipment container for no apparent reason. I would like to order new paddles.

RMB Change a Life Cycling:
Dusi2c - RMB Change a Life - Mboneni

July has been quite a busy racing month with John and I racing the World Master Mtb Champs in Pmb. Undoubtedly the toughest75km one day Mtb race I have ever done, with 750m elevation gain in the first 12km for a warm up. John and I placed 9th & 6th in our respective age categories.

The following week, Bongumusa, John & Sipho cycled in the 45km Holla Trails Mtb Classic. A lot of single track made it most enjoyable. A great ride saw John place 2nd overall, with Bongumusa 3rd U 23 rider. To add value to his day’s training, John cycled 87km back to the Team House in the valley.

The RMB CAL Zulus were very excited to ride a new race called the Durban Stars. With big prize money, as expected the pros arrived on the day – Rourke Croeser (SA X-Country Champ) & Brendon Davids, which upped the ante. Sthembiso rode like a machine in the second bunch, coming 5th overall having been in a group 3rd to 6th. John came 7th & 2nd subvet, Mboneni 8th, Bongumsa 13th, newcomer Siyanda 24th.

CAL Running:
Sportmans Warehose TrailRun - 30 June 2014

The ten strong Change a Life Trail running team competed in the 8km & 17km Sportmans Warehouse Trail run in Pmb.
17km 3rd-Joe (CAL Run assistant), 4th-Mthobisi (CAL) and 5th-Noyo (CAL). In the 8km, juniors 1st-Thobani(CAL), 2nd-Siyabonga(CAL), 4th-Mxolisi(CAL), 5th-Phaka(CAL), 8th-Mvelo(CAL). Then in the 8km seniors, 1st-Kwanda (CAL), 2nd-Boyboy (CAL).

The next Trail took part in their backyard, the Crazy Store 1000 Hills Trail Run. Here CAL dominated the top positions, placing 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 10km and 20 km races. Receiving prize money for their efforts put huge smiles on their faces 

RMB CHANGE A LIFE ZULU MTB TEAM – JUNE UPDATE….

RMB Change a Life Zulu Mtb Team

The month started with the popular Howick Mtb Classic. Technical single track and amazing scenery made the race most enjoyable. Best RMB Change a lifer was 6th placed Sthembiso Masango, closely followed by Mboneni Ngcobo. Next was Ndumiso Dontso, coming 11th. He has been a sensation with his exponential improvement over the last few months. Thereafter John Ntuli placed 13th, Sipho 14th and Bongumusa came 29th after having a mechanical.

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Dusi2c Start….
The two day Dusi2c was the highlight of the month, where the RMB CAL Zulus had the opportunity to showcase their skills to Family and friends in the Valley of a 1000 Hills. The Dusi river was the directional backbone of the race and so had some interesting improvisation of getting from one side to the other.

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YMCA Weir – not popular amongst Dusi paddlers….
Our strongest team of Mboneni & Sthembiso came unstuck 7km into Day 1, where Sthembiso crashed and buckled his wheel. They courageously soldiered on to finish 10th for the day. They had a great Day 2, finishing 4th.
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RMB CAL Sthembiso Masango….

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Sipho & Bongumusa crossing the Dusi River….
Sipho & Bongumusa finished 6th on Day 1 and dropped to 9th overall after Day 2 due to a couple of punctures.
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Ndumiso (above photo) teamed up with John and had a phenomenal ride, placing an incredible 3rd overall
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RMB CAL John Ntuli….

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Dusi2c 2014 Prize winners….
Final Results:
John Ntuli & Ndumiso Dontso – 3rd First ever PODIUM for Development Riders in a Stage Race in South
Africa in overall standings
Sthembiso Masango & Mboneni Ngcobo – 7th
Sipho Kupiso & Bongumusa Zikhlai – 9th
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RMB CALifers Bongumusa & Sipho….

Although I followed the race on Day 1, no spectators were allowed in the race Village at Mfula Store deep in the Valley of a 1000 Hills at Day 1 end – to keep numbers down and the rider bush experience at an optimum. So that made it impossible to follow their race on Day 2 until they reached Durban. So instead I used that morning to take part in the Hilton MTN National Series Mtb race where I sneaked a win in the VET category 
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Jeannie embraces the RMB CAL Mtb Team, trains with my Zulus when she can and wears the Team cycle top with pride, as can be seen in this lekker photo above, of her recce’ing the World Champs route 3 days before the big showdown.

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Am so proud of her courageous 8th overall in the World Marathon Champs a few days ago. It was a brutally tough course but then that played right into her hands…. :)
Jeannie was one of two South Africans in the top 10. First was SA Champ Robyn de Groot in 6th and Jeans in 8th overall. The next South African was Candice Neetlingh in 15th.

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RMB Change a Life John Ntuli [30 to 35yr category] and I [45 to 50yr] raced in the Master World Champs the day before – referred to as the Rainbow Challenge. With the rain the night before, it was a mudfest. But whose complaining, it was the same for everyone. John and I placed 9th & 6th respectively in our age groups.

How privileged we were to take part in a World Champs on our doorstep.

Thank you RMB for your support of this grassroots Mtb Development Team, and Computershare, USN & Hi-Tec, continuing to change lives in the Valley of a 1000 Hills

CHANGE A LIFE PADDLING – JUNE UPDATE….

Change a life Paddling:
The Change a Life paddlers have taken their paddle training to a higher level with the tough 240km Berg River Canoe Marathon only 12 days away. Juggling between the RMB CAL cyclists need of the CAL bus, we have used it to travel to Inanda Dam on weekends to grind out 4 to 5hr paddling sessions. The highlight of results this month has undoubtedly been K2 U16 sensations Dumisani Phetha & Mpilo Zondi, placing 2nd overall at the SA Marathon Champs in Gauteng – silver medal.
On the down side, a person broke 8 Change a Life paddlers in the equipment container for no apparent reason. He was caught a few days later trying to do it again. Not sure what to do as he is a mentally disturbed youngster. We used to lock the container, but then it would get broken into as they think there is now something valuable inside.

CAL Running:
The ten strong Change a Life Trail running team has been travelling & competing flat out this month.
At the beginning of the month, the team ran the Maweni Trail run – getting 1st, 2nd & 4th in the 7km and 2nd , 5th, and 6th in the 14km.
Two weeks later they ran the scenic 14km Table Mnt Trail run in the Valley of a 1000 Hills. With stronger competition, the best guys did well to place 4th, 5th and 8th.
Tomorrow,CAL running league Coordinator, Kwanda Mhlophe, is taking the team to run the Sportsman Warehouse Trail run in PMB. With prize money up for grabs, the competition is sure to be tough. It will be fantastic if the Change a Life runners can place in the top. Unknown CAL female runner, Slindile Shabalala will surprise many .

APRIL 2014 UPDATE….

Change a life Paddling:
KZN’s Premiere Multisport Race – Triple Challenge: Phenomenal victory for Change a Life John Ntuli in the highly competitive Multi-X event [20km Trail Run/52km Mtb/7km Trail Run], ahead of second place SA Champ Brand Du Plessis. Third was Change a Life Sizwe Mkhasibe. Sizwe impressed all by having the fastest run time.
CAL Nhlanhla Cele placed 3rd in the Multisport event [20km Trail Run/52km Mtb/20km Paddle], with 2013 Dusi Champ, Lance Kime taking line honours. CAL Lucas Mthalane placed a credible 5th overall.
KZN Sprint Champs – Sprints is a very specialist explosive short race, only 200m/500m/1000m in distance and it usually benefits the CAL youngsters who operate on raw talent as opposed to the older CAL paddlers who prefer to focus on the longer distance races like Dusi.
U16 CAL star, Mpilo Zondi raced like a true champ – In the K1 he placed 3rd 200m, 4th 500m K1. In the K2, paddling with CAL Dumisani Phetha, they placed 3rd 200m, 3rd 500m and 1st 1000m K2. He then raced the 5000m and came 2nd. From this great performance, he received his KZN Provincial colours.
KZN Marathon Champs: This event is more suited to the CAL paddlers than the Sprints The star CAL performers in the Marathon Champs were Change a Life Mhlonishwa Hlongwane, who obtained 2 silver and 1 Gold medal in the U23 age group. He is the happiest person because he beat Dusi Valley hero Michael Mbanjwa by 2 boat lengths in the K1 event. Mpilo Zondi & Dumisani Phetha raced to Gold in the U16 category.

CAL Running:
Recent School holidays have been a little disruptive on our weekly runs, however the kids that are talented don’t disappoint – as the saying goes “the cream still rises to the top….

RMB CHANGE A LIFE ZULU MTB TEAM – FEB TO APRIL 2014 UPDATE….

RMB Change a Life ZULU MTB Team

It was awesome to have the RMB Change a Life Zulus adding value to the Change a Life Paddlers’ onslaught on the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon. Having “local knowledge” of the intricate paths of the Valley, allowed the RMB CAL Zulus to pop up in remote places, giving their support on the tough portage sections .

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RMB CAL Zulu, Bongumusa, awaits to give a helping hand….to the CAL paddlers

Wartburg Mtb Classic – 65km
Last year this was the inaugural Mtb race for the RMB CAL team. I remember they were scattered over B, C & D batches. Fast forward to 2014, the entire team was A batched. The RMB CAL Zulus were highly excited and motivated to show off their fine form. It was a brilliant course, with tough steep hills, testing single track and a few pros to keep the pace honest.

The commentator and public witnessing the finish, were astounded when 3 RMB CAL Zulus crossed the line in top 10. Apart from Vela cramping severely in his lower back and being ambulanced to the finish, the guys rode exceptionally well. Hard work really does pay off  !!
5th-John, 8t –Stembiso 10th–Mboneni, 16th–Bongumusa, 23rd-Martin, 34th-Sizwe, 46th-Masa, 56th-Sabelo, 68th-Sipho, 83rd-Siyanda.

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Team RMB CAL Zulus…. Wartburg Classic Mtb

Intaba Ridge Mtb Classic – 65km
With Joberg2c lurking on the horizon, the RMB Change a Life Zulus are always looking to “add value” to their long term performance – and what better way than to train hard the day before a local race.
With this in mind, the RMB CAL Zulus rode from the valley, to overnight at PMB Backpackers.
The following day they rode to the race. In muddy conditions, my Zulus raced as if their lives were at stake. The performance of the year so far was achieved, when Sthembiso stood tall on the podium in 3rd position overall, beaming from ear to ear. Mboneni 4th, Masa 8th , Bongumusa 19th . John Ntuli up near the front, unfortunately missed a marker and went off course.

SA Cup Series XCO
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The following week, the RMB CAL Zulus took part in the first of the SA Cup Series XCO at the infamous Cascades Mtb Park. The course [lap racing] was super technical with radical short sharp inclines, gearing up for the World UCI XCO in a few weeks. Admittedly I opted for one of the ‘chicken run’ options in my 4 lap Veterans race beforehand, but then had the luxury of watching the Elite & my Zulus racing.

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With John Ntuli claiming a 3rd overall in the competitive Sub veteran category, he was well pleased, seeing that this short intense lap racing is not his speciality.

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RMB CAL John Ntuli 3rd in the Sub Vets

Stembiso placed 17th in the highly competitive Elite category, with Mboneni 8 positions behind him. I was pleased that there were no crashes in the Rock Gardens, a great experience for the RMB CAL Zulus.

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Mboneni Ngcobo pushing hard….

Royal Drakensberg MTB Challenge
Last weekend the RMB Change a Life Zulu MTB team travelled up to the Drakensberg – mini training camp. On the Saturday before our race, we explored the infamous Berg & Bush territory, curtesy of race owner Farmer Gary Green. There was no holding back as we punched out a solid 4hr ride with a surprise 2km King of the Mnt right at the end. That night we stayed at a rustic, but comfortable Farm house on the shores of the Spionkop Dam.
The guys loved the fact that the number 1 KZN female cyclist, Jeannie Bomford, too wore RMB CAL kit.
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With Joberg2c now the focus, it was good prep for my Zulus to stand on the start line with tired legs.
From the gun, there was a 6km climb and there seemed no respite on the gnarly rugged downhills as well. The most testing 50km Mtb race on the Kzn calendar, but also the most scenic too. Admittedly a niche race tucked away in the Berg, but one most worthy of doing. RMB CAL Zulus Sthembiso & Mboneni rode magnificently, standing proudly on the podium in 2nd and 3rd.

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Pro-rider Henry Uys & RMB CAL Sthembiso Masango – 1st & 2nd

4th – Ndumiso Ndontso [phenomenal ride - recent addition to Team - 6 months]
6th – Bongumusa
7th – Martin
8th – Jeannie
20th – Vela

John Ntuli and Sizwe Mkhasibe stayed behind in order to pre ride this coming weekend’s Triple Challenge Mtb route. The Triple Challenge consists of a 20km Trail Run/50km Mtb/7km Trail Run. It is the premiere Multisport Race in KZN.

MARCH 2014 UPDATE….

CHANGE A LIFE PADDLING:
Highlight of Feb was the Non Stop Dusi, also referred to as the “Comrades” of canoeing [90km paddling/28km’s Canoe portaging].
With no official support structures in place, this gruelling race requires every competitor to have a personal seconding crew tracking/supporting their entire journey from Pmb to Durban.
Last min decision by Change a Life Eric Zondi to pair up with Hank McGregor, saw this untested combination claim victory in emphatic style – kilometres ahead of the fancied Dusi crew of Michael Mbanwja & Lance Kime in 2nd place.
Change a Life combination of Zonele Nzuza & Nhlanhla Cele podiumed fantastically in 3rd place.
CAL Kwanda Mhlophe & Mmeli Cele held bravely onto 4th for ¾’s of the race, but were unfortunately passed on ‘Day 3’ and so finished 5th.
Hats off to novice Non Stop Dusi, Change a life Banetsi Nkhoesa, for placing 7th overall with his seasoned veteran partner and past winner CAL Thomas Ngidi. The immense effort of this gruelling race took its toll on Banetsi , come Day 3.Hitting Burma Hill Portage after 7hrs, which should of worked in their favour, instead cost them dearly, as Banetsi struggled to get to the top. Top 10 Banetsi, not bad for a first attempt .
Results:
1st – Eric/Hank
3rd – Zonele/Nhlanhla
5th – Kwanda/Mmeli)
7th – Banetsi/Thomas

RMB CHANGE A LIFE CYCLING:
Intaba Ridge Mtb Classic – 65km
With Joberg2c lurking on the horizon, the RMB Change a Life Zulus are always looking to “add value” to their long term performance – and what better way than to train hard the day before a local race.
With this in mind, the RMB CAL Zulus rode from the valley, to overnight at PMB Backpackers.
The following day they rode to the race. In muddy conditions, my Zulus raced as if their lives were at stake. The performance of the year so far was achieved, when Sthembiso stood tall on the podium in 3rd position overall, beaming from ear to ear. Mboneni 4th, Masa 8th , Bongumusa 19th . John Ntuli up near the front, unfortunately missed a marker and went off course.

The following week, the RMB CAL Zulus took part in the first of the SA Cup Series XCO at the infamous Cascades Mtb Park. The course [lap racing] was super technical with radical short sharp inclines, gearing up for the World UCI XCO in a few weeks. Admittedly I opted for one of the ‘chicken run’ options in my 4 lap Veterans race. With John Ntuli claiming a 3rd overall in the competitive Sub veteran category, he was well pleased, seeing that this short intense lap racing is not his speciality. Stembiso placed 17th in the highly competitive Elite category, with Mboneni 8 positions behind him. I was pleased that there were no crashes in the Rock Gardens, a great experience for the RMB CAL Zulus.

We head to Berg & Bush territory tomorrow, to take part in the Royal Drakensberg 50km Classic….

CAL RUNNING:
Weekly Change a Life runs have started at 3 venues in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. CAL Run assistant, Joe Maphumula, has been a revelation in his eagerness and motivation with the Valley youngsters. A month to go before the first ever CAL running league team will travel out the Valley to participate in a running race.

FEBRUARY 2014 UPDATE….

Change a life Paddling:
Feb 2 – Inanda Dam to Durban Canoe Race
With this race taking part on Dusi Day 3 and a guaranteed water release, it was a must for all Change a Life paddlers. Portaging over Burma Hill showed them where their running fitness was at.

The week preceeding Dusi, Change a Life took a team to cut & open up the overgrown Burma Hill portage and show the youngsters the most direct route as it gets confusing with the numerous Goat paths zig zagging everywhere.

Feb 13 to 15 – Dusi
Todate this was the best performing Dusi, Change a Life has had. With the final results showing 8 CAL boats in the top 20.
With CAL superstar Eric, partnered with Andy, racing to a convincing lead on Day 1, U18 Juniors Mthobisi Cele & Damon Stamp to me had the performance of the Day, finishing 6th.

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Sadly Lucas/Mmeli had their rudder system mangled 5min from the start by another canoe at Earnie Pearce Weir, to no fault of their own. After fixing it, they paddled off, in 60th position. Soldiering on, they ended the Day 1 in an incredible 11th overall.

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Overall Results:
1st – Eric/Andy, 5th – Kwanda/Zonele, 11th – Mthobisi/Damon , 13th – Lucas/Mmeli, 15th – Mhlonishwa/Nqobile,
17th – Thomas/Roland, 19th – Richard/Nhlanhla , 20th – Skhumbuso/Nkosi, 35th – Mzamo/ Khumbalani ,
41st – Banetsi & Themba
Interesting facts:
• Change a Life won the Club/Team prize – (fastest combined time of two K2’s from the same Club)
• CAL placed 1st & 3rd in the U18 category

RMB CHANGE A LIFE CYCLING….
Wartburg Mtb Classic – 65km
Last year this was the inaugural Mtb race for the RMB CAL team. I remember they were scattered over B, C & D batches. Fast forward to 2014, the entire team was A batched. The RMB CAL Zulus were highly excited and motivated to show off their fine form. It was a brilliant course, with tough steep hills, testing single track and a few pros to keep the pace honest.
The commentator and public witnessing the finish, were astounded when 3 RMB CAL Zulus crossed the line in top 10. Apart from Vela cramping severely in his lower back and being ambulanced to the finish, the guys rode exceptionally well. Hard work really does pay off  !!
5th-John, 8t –Stembiso 10th–Mboneni, 16th–Bongumusa, 23rd-Martin, 34th-Sizwe, 46th-Masa, 56th-Sabelo, 68th-Sipho, 83rd-Siyanda.

CAL Running:
With the new CAL Schools running League format this year, we have spent time scouting & locating four central venues where weekly runs can be hosted, marking the courses and getting the word out at Schools of the new structures in place with the opportunity of being selected for the new CAL Running Team.

JANUARY 2014 UPDATE….

Change a life Paddling:

With Dusi just around the corner, January is the busiest racing month on the Change a Life Paddling Calendar.
Popes Challenge:

The following week was the Hi-Q Abert Falls paddle/run canoe race. The perfect show-down for the top 10 gold medal contenders. Being a flat water race, there was no where to hide, no excuses saying I took a bad line in a rapid. With some power running with a canoe on the numerous portages, Lucas and Mmeli romped home to victory, estatic with their first place.

The following week, many Change a Lifers ventured down the Umzinkulu river, paddling the 2 day Drak Challenge. Some opted to rather stay in the Dusi Valley to train.

Campbells to Dusi Bridge Canoe Race:
Start, to run or to Paddle, your choice? All the top contenders run the 2.5km ‘Hole in the Wall’ trail with their canoes at the start, as it shortcuts the horse-shoe bend the paddlers take and is 1min faster.
Once the runners put back in to the river, they paddle for 15 min, then take out for the tough 3km Guinea Fowl Portage, put back in the river for 35min, 500m Fingerneck portage, 12min paddle, 2.5km Cabbage Tree Portage and then a 15min paddle to the finish.
There was a titanic battle in the front between the 2 favourite to win Dusi crews, namely Change a Life Eric Zondi partnered with Andrew Birkett and my ex 2008 Dusi Champ partner, Michael Mbanjwa, paddling with the 2013 winner, Lance Kime. They raced neck & neck, even putting in together after the Cabbage Tree portage. But the brute power of Zondi/Birkett proved too strong on the final stretch of paddling to the finish line, to claim an emphatic win and a warning to all Dusi title contenders. In Eric’s words, “once we got onto the water, we put the hammer down and that was that, we dropped them. It was a very tough race, I am very happy to win”.
Out of the lime light, cresting the top of Cabbage Tree, was the illusive Change a Life crew of Lucas Mthalane & Mmeli Cele, only 50 seconds behind.

Two weeks later the CAL Zulus paddled Kzn’s biggest one day race – Ozzie Gladwin.
The race was very tough and very fast!
Bumping/fighting for position on the 8km paddle on Inanda Dam and the 2km portage over Albert Falls Dam wall to 16km river paddle.
CAL Eric/Andy came 2nd overall.
Lucas/Mmeli – 8th
Mthobisi/Damon – 9th and 1st Juniors.
Kwanda/Zonele – 17th
U/16 paddlers Mpilo/Nkosi paddled excellently to place in top 30 overall.

RMB Change a Life Cycling:
The RMB CAL Zulus turned a lot of heads, when they placed incredibly high in the 45km Hola Trail Mtb race, although only a local race on the North Coast.
John Ntuli – 3rd
Sizwe – 4th
Thembane – 5th
Stembiso – 6th
Bongumusa, Vela and Sabelo made it into the top 25. Mboneni unfortunately couldn’t ride due to still recovering from his Hill 2 Hill Mtb crash.
From the feedback received from the RMB corporate cycle event hosted in the Valley of a 1000 Hills, it was a great success. RMB did their own bookings and outsourced the catering, so myself and the RMB CAL Zulus guided them on spectacular trails in the valley.

CAL Running:
The Schools running was put on hold due to this being an important exam month.
However organising for the last CAL Inter schools X-Country champs is in full swing, which takes place at Nagle Dam on the 7th of December.

NOVEMBER 2013 UPDATE….

Change a life Paddling:
CAL sent a team to Gauteng’s premiere canoe race – two day Vaal Canoe Marathon which was also the SA K2 River Marathon Champs.
Good results from our budding juniors:
Mpilo/Nkosi – placed 3rd in U18 juniors when they are still U/16
Jabulani/Msiya – 3rd U16
Eric Zondi paddled with Andy Birkett – 3rd overall
Junior CAL Mthobisi Cele paddled with Michael Mbanjwa – 7th overall
Lucas/Mmeli – 8th overall
Unfortunately Khumbulani/Syanda swam and end up 4th juniors.

Two weeks later the CAL Zulus paddled Kzn’s biggest one day race – Ozzie Gladwin.
The race was very tough and very fast!
Bumping/fighting for position on the 8km paddle on Inanda Dam and the 2km portage over Albert Falls Dam wall to 16km river paddle.
CAL Eric/Andy came 2nd overall.
Lucas/Mmeli – 8th
Mthobisi/Damon – 9th and 1st Juniors.
Kwanda/Zonele – 17th
U/16 paddlers Mpilo/Nkosi paddled excellently to place in top 30 overall.

RMB Change a Life Cycling:
The RMB CAL Zulus turned a lot of heads, when they placed incredibly high in the 45km Hola Trail Mtb race, although only a local race on the North Coast.
John Ntuli – 3rd
Sizwe – 4th
Thembane – 5th
Stembiso – 6th
Bongumusa, Vela and Sabelo made it into the top 25. Mboneni unfortunately couldn’t ride due to still recovering from his Hill 2 Hill Mtb crash.
From the feedback received from the RMB corporate cycle event hosted in the Valley of a 1000 Hills, it was a great success. RMB did their own bookings and outsourced the catering, so myself and the RMB CAL Zulus guided them on spectacular trails in the valley.

CAL Running:
The Schools running was put on hold due to this being an important exam month.
However organising for the last CAL Inter schools X-Country champs is in full swing, which takes place at Nagle Dam on the 7th of December.