So it all happens this Saturday! An entire day of gruelling sport will see athletes of all levels take on the beautiful Totalsports Challenge course between Gordon’s Bay and Kleinmond. Some will be battling each other, some will just be battling themselves.
Dan Hugo raced himself onto a drip at last year’s race as he successfully defended his title against the upstart newcomer to the race, Stuart Marais. Hopefully fully recovered from a bad accident last year, Dan will now certainly have Stuart on his radar, and will not be willing to break his string of Totalsports Challenge victories. Stuart will have learned some lessons from last year and will no doubt have a revised strategy in place for his second assault on Dan’s reign. I almost wish I were a spectator on the day to see this battle go down!
The following press release just in from Stillwater Sport & Entertainment:
MEDIA RELEASE JANUARY 2013
HUGO AND MARAIS SET FOR ROUND TWO AT TOTALSPORTS CHALLENGE
“One Team, Seven Challenges”
Excitement has risen to fever pitch as participants and spectators alike prepare to bear witness to a battle of note when reigning Totalsports Challenge champion, Dan Hugo and challenger, Stuart Marais return to Kleinmond on Saturday, 12 January 2013 for round two at the Totalsports Challenge presented by Liberty Medical Scheme and REHIDRAT® SPORT.
In 2012 Marais seemed to appear from out of nowhere to give race favourite Dan Hugo a run for his money. Although a notable attempt, Marais didn’t have enough in reserve allowing the more experienced Hugo to secure his 6th Totalsports Challenge Champion title.
According to Hugo the Totalsports Challenge is a perfect blend between brand and event. “The Totalsports Challenge in many ways defines who I am as an athlete. I enjoy what I do and I enjoy the space in which I get to do it. The Totalsports Challenge allows me to paddle twice, run twice, bike twice and swim once, it is just a great start to the year. It is unique as it also allows for a relay format, so it is not just fools like me that can take part. This will be the 7th year that I am participating and not once have I been disappointed. It has been a different experience every time. There is an 8th discipline that participants should not forget about and that’s the great festival village that awaits you at the finish. So when you set up for the day, have the intention to hang out for a while afterwards. Being able to see the event from start to finish is such a privilege,” says Hugo.
For Totalsports Challenge newcomer, Stuart Marais, taking part in the Challenge in 2012 would be just that. “Everyone always raves about the event, so I thought I would join in on the fun, challenge myself at 7 disciplines in 1 gruelling day. I loved the on route support that participants received from their seconding teams as well as from spectators. There is a great vibe and everyone gets involved in some way or another. I did have a few teething issues at the 2012 event, so there are a couple of things to work on. Ideally I would like to have a smooth day out, physically, mentally and nutrition wise. The Totalsports Challenge is about challenging yourself. Put together a team and join in on the fun. There are no losers, only survivors. The event is world class from an organisation point of view and I would encourage anybody who enjoys the sea, mountains and sunshine to rise to the challenge,” says Marais.
Adrenaline junkies can choose between the 7-discipline Totalsports Challenge or the less daunting 4-discipline Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge.
Other top individual Totalsports Challenge athletes to look out for will include Lezandre Joubert (reigning women’s champion) and Jeannie Bomford (former individual women’s winner on numerous occasions). Top team entrants will include Hanlie Booyens, Claire Horner, Jodie Swallow, Kent Horner, Michael Bailey, Dawid Mocke and Nikki Mocke to name just a few.
In the Terra Firma Challenge Nico Pfitzenmaier will be gunning for his hat-trick win in the individual men’s category.
Defending men’s team Louis-Bresler Knipe and Eddie Lambert will be pulling no punches on the day, while Conrad and Liezel Stoltz will be fighting for their second consecutive win in the mixed team category. Other top team entrants will include Jurgens Uys, Bernard Rakadaz, Adriaan Louw and Dion Middelkoop to name just a few.