Adventure Sport

Lance aims to be Berg 'King'

2011-07-05 19:22
Lance King (File)
Cape Town - 24-year-old Cape paddler Lance King has devised a battle plan to try and dethrone the reigning king of the Windhoek Berg River Canoe marathon Hank McGregor, and says that he can learn from his successes as a junior in his bid to reach the top step on the podium.

“As a junior I had a few races that I could call perfect races,” says King. “No mistakes and carefully taking all the opportunities that came my way. That’s exactly the way to be successful on the Windhoek Berg.”

“In the last few years I haven’t been able to do that and Hank McGregor has been flawless. He has taken his chances and made me pay every time,” says King. “The starting point is making no mistakes at all over the whole race, and then to look to grab that fleeting chance when that split-second opportunity arises.”

The 24 year Montevista star has valiantly immersed himself in combat with seven times champ Hank McGregor and come off second best every time. This year, however, he says that he plans to approach the race differently.

“To beat Hank McGregor someone is going to have to do something different this year,” says King. “He has totally dominated for the last six years and a bit like Len Jenkins he can go an entire race without making a mistake.”

“But I believe it is going to be faster and tighter this year with more guys challenging at the front, which might create more opportunities,” he added. “There will be more jostling in the bunches, and with some grit and determination I believe that he can be beaten.”

King is also bullish about his current form and says he is comparing it to his successful days as a junior racer. “I genuinely haven’t felt this good since I was a junior and I’m absolutely loving my new Velox race boat.”

King has been doing the groundwork as well. At a recent Hermon to Gouda race, he paddled 20km from Grensplaas to the start to get in extra race training, and then mixed it up in a ferocious team tussle over the one day race with top contenders Graeme Solomon and his Berg team.

He is also cautiously putting together a team that will be there to help him as much as to vie for the team prize. “It is a tactical team that I am putting together carefully,” says King.

The Berg River Canoe Marathon takes place from 13 to 16 July 2011, preceded by a time trial on 12 July.

Read more on:    berg river canoe marathon

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which of the following floats your Extreme Sports boat?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.