Dan Hugo takes early lead to win Triple Challenge

2008-11-11 00:00

MULTISPORT talent Dan Hugo (Jeep/Puma) successfully defended his Powerade Triple Challenge title at Inanda Dam on Sunday for the third successive year.

A hard-fought second place went to Cape Town’s Cas van Aardenne, who ousted Pietermaritzburg’s Trevor Hellens from the runner-up spot during the final portage on the paddle leg.

Dundee athlete Garren Soutar, a novice in the individual category of the challenge, was a surprise fourth-place finisher, while early race leader, Ricky Arnold — who had been first into transition one at Camperdown after the trail run, concluded a solid fifth place.

Having arrived from the U.S. only three days prior to race day, Hugo showed determination as he took the lead from Arnold early into the 56 km mountain bike leg, arriving at the second transition at Inanda Dam with a comfortable buffer on his pursuers. His absence from canoe-specific training was not apparent as the 23-year-old sliced through the reflective waters of Inanda Dam to cross the finish line in five hours, 35 minutes 42 seconds.

Visibly exhausted, yet relieved with his result, Hugo can be well satisfied at having concluded a tremendously successful season racing locally and abroad.

Hugo commented: “Big up to all who finished.

“The wind was savage and had many of the most underserved back markers swimming.

“My stroke technique was far from poetic on the final straight, crab- crawling, in a sad state, cramping to finish a long day.”

As predicted, Jeannie Bomford made things look easy as she smiled her way through six hours and nine minutes of multisport endurance to win the women’s race in fine style.

Finishing sixth overall not only earned her the respect of her male counterparts, but ranked her as SA’s top woman multisporter, who will no doubt excel in her next quest as one of SA’s finalists at the International G4 Challenge.

Fighting wind and fatigue, Kim Jackson and Kerry Ras put in a determined effort to place second and third respectively.

The Specialist Team of three category was won by the Mr Price outfit of runner Professor Mollen, Burry Stander on the bike and and paddler Doug Bird to clock the fastest overall time of the day of 5:01,56.

Team Jeep’s Carl Storm, Matthew Goetsch and Barry Lewin were left unanswered in second with the all- women’s Team Fox third.

The inaugural MultiX event of the Triple Challenge attracted a competitive field.

Gauteng duathlete Jean-Pierre ter Nogel blew the men’s race apart with a blistering run leg and continued to extend his lead over the testing 56 km mountain bike leg before wrapping up his victory in the final three kilometre trail run.

This gave him a comfortable win over second-placed Jean-Paul van der Linde.

Duncan Stewart placed third a few minutes back.

Robyn Adendorff was in her element in the women’s race, taking the honours ahead of a stout effort from Helen Buley, with Shale Exelby placing third.

After a misty start, the cool weather gave way to good racing conditions with the wind picking up on the dam later in the day, making for tough conditions for the slower athletes.

RESULTS – Multisport (20km trail run, 56km MTB, 22km paddle).

Men overall: D Hugo (Jeep/Puma) 5h35.42, C van Aardenne (Jeep) 5h54.22, T Hellens (Jeep) 5h56.59, G Soutar 6h04.16, R Arnold 6h08.36.

Women overall: J Bomford (USN) 6h09.16, K Jackson 8h24.50, K Ras 8h43.46

MultiX (20km trail run, 56km MTB, 3km trail run). Men overall: JP ter Nogel (Jeep) 3h38.06, JP van der Linde (Time Freight/Jeep) 3h57.06, D Stuart 4h00.47.

Women overall: R Adendorff (Jeep) 4h20.01, H Buley (Jeep) 4h26.47, S Exelby 4h34.54

• For the full results and photos, visit the website at www.triplechallenge.co.za.

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