Paarl - Entries for the boldly revamped Berg River Canoe Marathon opened this
week, with the organisers offering two tiers of entries for the new team format
that will govern the competitive element of the famous four-day race from Paarl
to the West Coast fishing town of Velddrif from July 11-14.
The title will now be decided in a team format of two paddlers per team, using
a formula now well established in mountain biking, adding whole new dynamic to
the racing tactics for the event.
“The top paddlers will probably have a different technical approach and it will
be very interesting to see how they manage this new dynamic,” said race
committee head André Collins.
“The rest of the field will enjoy the camaraderie of a partner who will work
together through the difficult challenging sections of the river but especially
supporting one another on the long flat pools on the last two days,” he added.
The new race entry reveals a two tier option for elite paddlers entering the
new team competition. In addition to the option of entering two athletes, there
is the option of entering a commercially branded and owned team, offering
sponsors an opportunity to own commercial rights at the race, with guaranteed
branding and commercial rights delivered by the event.
Collins said the race would continue to offer solo paddlers the opportunity to
take on the 240km in an individual K1, as was the race tradition since its
inception in 1962.
“With the option still open to do the race solo, we are comfortable that the
race caters for the personal preferences of all,” said Collins, adding that the
race was evolving the remain relevant and contemporary without shedding its
roots and traditions.
There is also an option for less experienced paddlers to enter the race in a
three paddler relay team, putting the legendary Berg challenge within reach of
paddlers who might not have done the base training miles to take on the full
Normal entries are now being taken online at www.berg.org.za until Wednesday, June 27 after which a R250 late entry penalty will apply.
The Berg River Canoe marathon starts in Paarl on July 11 and ends at
Velddrif on July 14.
More information can be found at www.berg.org.za