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Bamboo Warehouse compound the misery after flawless Berg day two
Bridgetown – The imperious Bamboo Warehouse team of Graeme
Solomon and Adrian Boros strengthened its grip on the overall
lead after the pair put in a flawless display on the second day
of the berg River Canoe Marathon extending their lead to over 10
minutes on Thursday.
The 32km stage was always going to be an exciting fight with
chasers Keith Moule of Great Britain and Joep van Bakel of the
Netherlands in need of a faultless day of their own to try and
catch the leaders, however that was not to be as they surrendered
the control of the race after critical errors in the closing
The tactics from Bamboo Warehouse were clear when they powered
off the start line with a lead of a minute 40 seconds over the
internationals. From the get-go it was about compiling as a big a
lead as possible, which is exactly what they did.
"We tried to go as hard as we could and Graeme was pulling us
into the rapids and I would take up the pull on the flat water,"
Boros said after the stage. "We wanted to make sure we were at
the front going into the final two days because you never quite
know what can happen."
The dynamics of team racing have been spoken about at length with
Boros only arriving a few days before the race started, however
his partner Solomon is full of praise for the team-based race.
"The fact that people are going to create bonds through this
format is one of the great things about it.
"You have to look after each other all the time. It is a totally
different dynamic in that when we were coming through a tricky
section and I would hear Adrian's paddle hit a tree I would check
to see if he was OK!
"But last year I would be celebrating quietly if he was stuck so
it is a bit strange but I think that it has been a great change,"
The challenge for the top step was only going to come from one
place and Moule and Van Bakel knew that they had to be on top of
their game on the second day. It was going well for the duo until
the final quarter of the stage.
"We knew that they were going to go hard from the start and we
thought that maybe if we had a good day and they made a few
mistakes then we could make up the time, but I think we saved all
our mistakes for the last ten kilometres!
"It was a bit like England in the football last night! Started
well and then it all fell apart at the end and that is how it
felt for me today."
Over such a fast-paced stage any mistake is amplified by the time
lost and unfortunately for the Brit and his Dutch team-mate their
problems were compounded by a flawless display from the leaders.
"We gave time away stupidly in the final 10 kays, but those guys
at the front are fairly strong and when you get them on the flat
water they are pretty hard to catch."
2017 saw Moule shoot the Drie Heuwels weir in a boat that was
split at the seams and 2018 saw him take a swim, which cost them
"Whenever I have tripped that section in the past it has been
fine! I think I just changed my line slightly at the top and it
was the last thing I needed at that point of the race!" he
mentioned with a smile afterwards.
Coming home in a close race for third was the overnight bronze
medal position holders Gavin White and Bartho Visser.
The pair have spent the entire race with the team of Anders Hart
and Jermaine Pietersen and at the end of the second stage managed
to pip them in an end sprint to hold a five second advantage.
Bianca Beavitt and Crispin Thompson consolidated their mammoth
lead in the mixed doubles race but dropped down the race leader
board slightly to finish Thursday's stage in ninth position
The Change a Life Capensis pair of Mthobisi Cele and Mpilo Zondi
were at the consistent best as they paddled to another fifth and
maintained their hold on the Under 23 crown while the pair of
Malvino Klaase and Angelo Smith remain the strongest Under 18
pair in the race after the second stage.
Friday's third and longest stage, the Queen Stage, will take the
paddlers 75km from Bridgetown to Zoutkloof on Friday.
information can be found at
SUMMARY OF RESULTS - Berg
River Canoe Marathon Stage Two
1.Graeme Solomon/Adrian Boros (Team Bamboo Warehouse) 2:12:20
2.Keith Moule/Joep van Bakel 2:20:56 7:08:29
3.Gavin White/Bartho Visser 2:18:03 7:21:56
4.Anders Hart/Jermaine Pietersen 2:18:02 7:22:01
5.Mthobisi Cele/Mpilo Zondi (U23) (Capensis) 2:27:36 7:33:49
6.John de Villiers/Heinrich Schloms 2:22:16 7:34:15
7.Daan du Toit/Gert van Deventer 2:22:15 7:34:17
8.Greg van Heerden/Anthony Wostenholm 2:23:20 7:35:39
9.Bianca Beavitt/Crispin Thompson 2:26:55 7:35:40
10.Loveday Zondi/Richard Cele 2:34:06 7:43:17
1.Bianca Beavitt/Crispin Thompson 2:26:55 7:35:40
1.Mthobisi Cele/Mpilo Zondi (Capensis) 2:27:36 7:33:49
2.Evan Knight/Brandon Macleod
1.Melvino Klaase/Angelo Smith
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Team Bamboo Warehouse's Adrian Boros (front) and Graeme Solomon
(back) were imperious as they grew their lead to over 10 minutes
on stage two of the 2018 Berg River Canoe Marathon on
The international team of Joep van Bakel (front) and Keith Moule
(back) ran out of luck in the final 10km of the day which cost
them dearly on stage two of the 2018 Berg River Canoe Marathon on
In an exciting end sprint for third, it was Gavin White (far
left) and Bartho Visser (second right) who took home third spot
from Anders Hart (second left) and Jermain Pietersen (far right)
on stage two of the 2018 Berg River Canoe Marathon on
It was a chilly, wet day for the paddlers as they took on 32kms
from Gouda to Bridgetown on stage two of the 2018 Berg River Canoe Marathon on
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