Underberg - Hungarian canoeing ace Adrián Boros has added his name to
the entry for the Drak Challenge on January 20 and 21, 2018, as he sets his
sights on the full programme of major canoeing races in South Africa this
Boros, who was the K2 world champion with his team mate László Solti in Gyor in
2015 and raced onto the K1 and K2 podium at the world champs in
Pietermaritzburg in September, said he was planning to return to South Africa
in mid-January, just in time to do his second Drak Challenge.
In 2016 he raced to a modest 23rd place in his debut in the two-day race famous
for its plethora of steep rocky rapids. He says that he knows what he is in for
"I recall some of the rapids on the Drak, so it won't be new to me this time," says
Boros. "The second day was good, if I remember correctly."
"I am planning to do the Dusi With Carl Folscher, and I want to do all the
pre races," said Boros from his native Hungary. "So that includes the Drak, the
Non-Stop Dusi and the Umkomaas marathons."
Boros became the first foreigner to won a major South African canoeing title
when he won the tough low-water Berg Marathon in July.
He has chosen to spend
the European winter, where the cold and snow keeps paddlers away from the
training, in South Africa to get into top shape for 2018.
"I want to be fit this year!" he said, adding that he was looking forward to
rekindling his relationship with local Carl Folscher.
"We paddled together a few times last year, and you know that feeling when the
boat is just going fast, everything is just comfortable. That is the most
important thing for a K2.
"Carl is also a good friend of mine, which makes it even better," he added.
Boros will square up to the two local stars that kept him off the top two steps
of the world champs podium in Pietermaritzburg in world champion Hank McGregor
and defending Drak Champion Andy Birkett.
The Drak Challenge starts at Castleburn on Saturday, January 20 with a 24
kilometre stage to Sinister Pool, just above the Swartberg Road Bridge.
second stage on Sunday 21 January is 36 kilometres finishing at Early Mist Farm
close to Coleford resort.