Paarl - The 2019 edition of the Berg River Canoe Marathon is set to have
a distinctly youthful feel to it with a number of young stars putting their
hands up to take on the four day epic from Paarl to the West Coast fishing town
of Velddrif from July 3-6.
While the Berg always attracts a core of hardened veterans and seasoned elite
paddlers, there is a significant challenge being mounted by talented
competitive paddlers aged 25 and younger.
The likes of Varsity College's Hamish Lovemore, Anders Hart, Stewart Little and
Alan Houston will all be taking on the race – with Little making his Berg debut
Lovemore will be racing in the senior category because he will be teaming up
with Tyron Maher for the race, his first trip back to the Berg since 2016 where
he finished fifteenth and first Under 18.
"Tyron will be back for his third Berg and it will be my second but we are
really excited to give the race a good crack this year," the Varsity
College/Euro Steel paddler said.
"Tyron put in a lot of base work for the Molokai Surfski Challenge where he
finished fourteenth so he is in good shape at the moment.
"My main focus has been training for this weekend’s SA Marathon Championships
and when that is finished I’ll shift my focus to the Berg."
Four days of paddling in some tough conditions is what paddlers can expect from
the Berg but both Lovemore and Maher know this and being as well prepared as
possible is key to success at the 240km odyssey.
"We know that the Berg is incredibly taxing on the body and it can catch you
out if you aren’t in the best possible shape.
"Having to worry about another paddler over the four days adds another
dimension to the race and it is going to be really exciting and tactical.
"You have to look after one another the whole way and we are looking forward to
another exciting Berg," Lovemore mentioned.
Normal entries are now being taken until Wednesday, June 19.