A strong international contingent of paddlers will tackle the four-day Berg River Canoe Marathon near Paarl on July 15.
The race is building up quite a buzz as nine-time winner and current K1 and K2 world champion, Hank McGregor will be going head-to-head with defending champ and new South African K1titleholder, Andy Birkett.
McGregor has spent the past week on the Berg River in preparation for his assault on a record 10th title.
Meanwhile opponent Birkett seems unfazed and only travelled to the Cape on the morning of the pre-race time trial.
Also among the impressive SA line-up will be Berg devotee Graeme Solomon, local hotshots Heinrich Scholms and Louw van Riet as well as Dusi star Thulani Mbanjwa.
The South Africans will be competing with international calibre athletes including Jakub Adam from Czech Republic, Joep van Bakel from the Netherlands and Keith Moule of Great Britain.
Australian Brendon Rice and Spaniard Kiko Vega are also paddlers to watch in the international attack.
South African Bianca Beavitt will set her course for a maiden Berg title in the women’s category after podiuming last year.
The victory may be within her grasp as defending champ Abby Solms was forced to withdraw due to illness.
The 240km course has been altered at the last minute due to desperately low river levels but the overall distances are unaffected.
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