Euro Steel’s Jasper Mocké and Stuart MacLaren took the Breede River Canoe Marathon title at Kam’bati Resort yesterday.
The pair decided to make a break from the start of the 33km stage from Bonnievale and by the time they had reached the halfway point at Drew Bridge, they had expanded their overall lead to more than two minutes.
They kept their heads down on the low Breede River and recorded a three-minute win over Graeme Solomon (Bamboo Warehouse/Knysna Racing) and Greg Louw (Kynsna Racing/Merrell).
The Rice brothers, Sean and Kenny, wrapped up the last step on the podium.
MacLaren said Mocké made it clear they weren’t going to rely on their overnight buffer and wanted to attack from the outset.
“Jasper didn’t give me any choice. He put the hammer down right from the start and asked me to go as hard as I can.
“It was really cool to be able to defend the title I won last year with Graeme (Solomon) and to paddle with Jasper (Mocké) was really special. He brings something interesting to every race,” said MacLaren.
The women’s race was wrapped up by the Pietermaritzburg duo of Abby Solms (Euro Steel) and Ronel Stevens, who raced away alone to extend their overnight lead for an impressive win.
“We had another good, clean day – no swims or dramas. The partnership worked really well together. Ronel was very strong in the back – I could feel her pulling all the time – and I think she trusted my driving,” said Solms.
Century City/Pink Lady’s Bianca Beavitt raced to second K1 overall and the second female boat home, with the determined Jane Swarbreck and Robyn Henderson left to rue their swim at Secunda Weir on day one as they finished 13 minutes further back.
View the full results here.