2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe
Paddlers revel in full uMngeni as McGregor claims weekend spoils
Durban - In conditions not experienced for many years, the weekend's Kindo
Inanda Dam to Durban race attracted an unprecidented field which saw veteran
star Hank McGregor signal his intentions with a sprint finish win over David
Evans while Jordan Peek continued her impressive pre-MyLife Dusi Canoe
Marathon form with another win.
With healthy rains throughout KwaZulu-Natal during the summer months Inanda
Dam has been spilling for the first time in seven years, giving eager Dusi
paddlers an opportunity to scout lines and tactics for the final stretch of
MyLife Dusi route from Inanda Dam into the finish at Blue Lagoon.
McGregor, who pulled off a first win of the Dusi season on Sunday, was made
to work hard for his victory as the young Dave Evans continues to show why
he should be classified as a Dusi contender. It was a second showdown
between the two after McGregor edged the Under-23 star at the FastDrak in
"I don't think it's a case of Dave (Evans) giving me a run for my money, I
think it's the other way around!" Euro Steel's McGregor said. "There are
some really exciting young paddlers coming through and it's fantastic to see
the sport of canoeing in such a good place.
"With lockdown, people now don't take racing for granted anymore and it's
awesome to see so many pages of results after each race."
Looking at the conditions McGregor knows that more water will play into his
hands come Dusi day three, however he also knows that the rest of the field
will be well prepared no-matter what conditions they find on race day.
"With my paddling background I do think that the higher water levels do help
me and with more paddling on the cards on day three, without the Burma Road
portage, it will be better for me.
"The water level that we paddled on really brought back memories of what it
used to be like and I had to dig deep into my memory to remember some of the
"It was an awesome race and it was great to see the river in such a healthy
state and it just makes racing far more enjoyable in those conditions."
The MyLife Dusi starts in just over two weeks, but despite McGregor's strong
form he's still not putting any added pressure on himself going into the
"I have to pace myself a lot more than I used to and this season we haven't
had the same build up with Drak, Cape Point Challenge and the local surfski
"What that has done is forced me to work harder on my running. Lockdown
almost gave me a forced training camp because we couldn't paddle!
"I am really excited for Dusi and if I can finish in the top ten I will be
really happy because I have to be realistic."
Hamish Lovemore snuck home in third ahead of Thulani Mbanjwa in fourth while
Under 18 star Matthew Millward rounded out the top five.
The women's race on Sunday saw Jordan Peek pick up her second victory in
consecutive weekends to signal her good form.
Peek took home the women's honours by over two minutes ahead of Bridgitte
Hartley in second and Christie Mackenzie in third.
Defending Dusi champion Mackenzie was victorious at the Campbell's to Dusi
Bridge last Saturday before Peek won the 50 Miler and then backed that up
with another win this Sunday.
Paddlers will now shift their focus to the final race of the MyLife Dusi
Series, the Lighthouse Design Ozzie Gladwin on Sunday, 7 March.
The 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place from 18-20 March 2021.
Entry details and more information can be found at
Website : www.dusi.co.za
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Hank McGregor showed that he isn't to be written off come the MyLife
Dusi Canoe Marathon in two weeks when he won the Kindo Covers Inanda Dam
to Durban race on Sunday.
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