River Canoe Marathon Media Release
22 June 2023
Written By : Nick Tatham
Evans eager to make his Berg debut
Paarl – As the Western Cape continues to be lashed by rain and
the Berg River hits unprecedented levels, former Dusi Canoe
Marathon champion Dave Evans has decided to take on his first
Berg River Canoe Marathon from 5-8 July.
The Stellenbosch student has performed well at the other major
river races in the country; however the Berg has never quite
aligned with his training regime until this year and he’s excited
about the prospect of a first finishers medal for the four-day
“Dusi has always been my focus in the past, so I have stopped
training after the Dusi and never been fit enough for the Berg,”
the Euro Steel star said.
“Then I usually pick up my training for Fish and into the KZN
river marathon season, but this year I’ve got a bit of freedom
from an academic perspective, so I focused on marathons which has
given me more time to train.”
It's going to be an interesting test for the former World
Marathon Champion silver medallist who has been training for the
event – just not on the Berg River.
“I haven’t done any tripping on the Berg to be honest, but I have
been asking as many people as possible for tips and advice for
“The general consensus from the people that I speak to is that
it’s tough and you just have to push through.
“I have always enjoyed the endurance aspect of paddling, so I
think that this will play into my hands for the race.
“I haven’t set high expectations but I’m definitely going to give
it my best shot and I’m going to race with the intention to do
well,” Evans added.
The Berg is currently experiencing levels not seen in many years
and this means that the current conditions are unlike anything
seen before for most entrants. With the race still a few weeks
away, no one is sure what the level will do, but Evans feels this
is another exciting dimension.
“Water levels in rivers are constantly changing and I think that
that adds another adventure element to racing, which is exciting.
“There are going to be some experienced paddlers around me, so I
think I’m going to have to follow them closely.”
Evans has been putting in the hard yards back home in
KwaZulu-Natal following the conclusion of his mid-year exams at
university, and will continue to work hard as he prepares for his
maiden Berg trip.
“This year I’ve been focusing on gym work and will gym in the
mornings and then paddle in the afternoons.
“With my marathon focus there’s been a lot of speed and strength
work, but I’ll be putting in some long sessions ahead of the
“I’ll look to do two-and-a-half hour sessions and try and get
some 40km sessions, in so I can get used to time in the boat,” he
The 2023 Berg River Canoe Marathon will take place from Paarl to
Velddrif from 5 to 8 July.
Entires for the 2023 Berg River Canoe Marathon are still open and
more information can be found at
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Despite being a Dusi
Canoe Marathon expert, Euro Steel's Dave Evans has been able to
free up some training time which has meant he will be on the
start line for his first Berg River Canoe Marathon on 5 July.
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