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Monday January 16, 2012

Dan Hugo raced to his sixth consecutive victory at the 10th annual Totalsports Challenge between Gordon’s Bay and Kleinmond on Saturday.

Hugo clocked a total time of 6hr 18min 28sec for the grueling seven-discipline event. The race started with a 12km surfski and ended with a  9km beach run. Sandwiched between were a 1.5km swim, 50km road bike (from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond), 13km road run, 13km K1 canoe and a 25km mountain bike. Hugo had to ward off an attack from formidable opponent, Stuart Marais who ended second (6:23.20)

Lezandre Joubert caused an upset in the individual women’s category of this much loved event, coming home in 7hr 58min 46sec ahead of Kim Rew (9:24.33).

Hugo had to ward off an attack from formidable opponent Marais who made his break on the 13km road run discipline, putting approximately 3minutes into the defending champion going onto the 13km K1 canoe discipline.  “I didn’t expect a fight on the day and then finding myself in the ring taking punches, it’s just difficult when you don’t have great form,” says Hugo.  “I definitely have a lot of respect for Stuart and his talent.

“He is a remarkable athlete and for a split second there he had me considering letting go. After really digging deep I managed to catch him on the K1 paddle. It was on the mountain bike discipline that my second tank kicked in and I could build on my lead.  I am really grateful to be able to take part in Kleinmond.  The Totalsports Challenge remains one of my favourite events.  My family’s support on the day was once again awesome”.

Joubert hit the bull’s eye with her first attempt at the Challenge and there was no doubt as to her highlight of the race. “We were approximately 30 minutes into the surfs when we were welcomed by between 100-200 dolphins. They surrounded us, swimming under our boats. It was such an amazing experience.  My second highlight was coming down the finish straight, realising that I was the first in my category to cross the line. The Totalsports Challenge truly is an amazing race.  The support was perfect and the vibe was just awesome,” says Joubert..

Nico Pfitzenmaaier walked off with his third consecutive victory in the individual men’s category of the Terra Firma Challenge, completing the four disciplines in a combined time of 3:45:53.  Pieter Wehmeyer came in second, while John Ntuli finished third.

Courtenay Brown was the first individual women home in the Terra Firma with a winning time of 4:42:42. Kathrin Walther came in second, while Ingrid Peens finished third.

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