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 .
1st – Eric/Hank
3rd – Zonele/Nhlanhla
5th – Kwanda/Mmeli)
7th – Banetsi/Thomas

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….

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.
If we roughly figure out the starting salaries of engineers, it stands out around $60,054 for chemical engineers and $47145 for civil engineers etc

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