N3TC Drak Challenge 2019 Media Release

 No: drak1911

27 Dec  18

Embargo : None

Written by: Dave Macleod

Hank McGregor means business at Drak Challenge

Underberg – Eleven times world champion Hank McGregor has made no bones about the fact that he wants to win the N3TC Drak Challenge in partnership with FNB on 19 and 20 January 2019, and phoned his friend and defending champ Andy Birkett to warn him that he wants to reclaim the Drak title he last won in 2012.

“I told Andy that he is welcome to go and win the FNB Dusi or the world champs or anything like that, but the Drak is mine!” said McGregor.

McGregor won a hat-trick of victories between 2010 and 2012 at the hugely popular Underberg-based race on the uMzimkhulu River but since then he has lost a number of thrilling tussles with his Euro Steel team mate Birkett, most of them through a single small mistake on the river.

“In the Drak it is all about river skills,” said McGregor. “You have to stay smooth and stay clean. You can’t win it with brawn.”

McGregor and his family will be holidaying in the Underberg area around Christmas and will stay on to race the FastDrak that covers the entire two-day Drak Challenge course in a single day with some long portages.

“I love doing the FastDrak but this year I will be doing a lot of tripping on the river to learn where every single rock is!” he said.

“Last year I got stuck on a rock on Glenhaven Rapid and that gave Andy enough of a lead to get away. Before that I got bumped in the last rapid before the finish.

“At the Drak there is nothing in it. It takes the smallest mistake to let someone get away, which makes it pretty entertaining. One deflection, one wrong channel and it’s over,” said the 41 year Durban man, who will be enjoying the holiday training with his family, which has expanded with the recent birth of his second son Max.

“I love everything about paddling on the uMzimkhulu but I want to make to perfectly clear to everyone, including Andy Birkett, that getting the Drak title back is my main priority for 2019,” he said with ominous conviction.

The 2019 N3TC Drak Challenge, in partnership with FNB, starts at Castleburn on Saturday 19 January with a 26 kilometres stage to Sinister Pool, just above the Swartberg Road bridge. The second stage on Sunday 20 January is 36 kilometres long, finishing at Early Mist Farm close to Coleford resort.

More information can be found at www.drakadventure.co.za


Photo Caption Photographer Click to download the hi-res pic

The 2019 N3TC Drak Challenge, in partnership with FNB Logo - JPeg


The FNB Drak Adventure Weekend Logo - JPeg


“In the N3TC Drak it is all about river skills,” said Hank McGregor. “You have to stay smooth and stay clean. You can’t win it with brawn.” Antony Grote/
Gameplan Media

Conditions of usage of photographs: All photographs supplied and hyperlinked herewith may be used free of charge, with full credit to the photographer and agency as provided. The photographs may not be modified or retouched in any way, but may be cropped to suit the layout requirements of the publications. The photographs provided may be used exclusively for editorial purposes, and may be reprinted in any newspaper, magazine, television programme or on any website. These photographs may not be used for any commercial or promotional purpose, including but not limited to posters, advertisements, commercials, promotional email correspondence, point-of-sale material or any retail promotion. Should such usage be desired, please contact us at the details below.
Is this of no value to you?
This media release is intended for use by media professionals covering this specific activity or sport. Should this release not be relevant you, please advise us immediately and we will be glad to remove your name from this particular database. It would be useful to us if you could advise us which subjects you would like to continue receiving releases on.
For any further information, or if you cannot access the images, please contact:
Gameplan Media
(031) 764 3017