River Canoe Marathon Media Release
: Dave Macleod
GB's Moule back for a Berg battle
Paarl - British paddler Keith Moule had added his name to the
entry list for the 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon, having made
his debut in the 240km face from Paarl to the West Coast in
2015, he says he is itching to take on the challenge again, and
adapt from the lessons he learnt two years ago.
Fresh from a top ten at the European Marathon Championships in
Portugal this past weekend, Moule is in great shape after a very
successful year to date, having finished ninth in the European
Champs after having won three of five British trials.
“After racing the Berg in 2015 I really enjoyed being part of
one of South Africa's signature races,” said Moule. “These are
the sort of races that the rest of the world talk about, like
the Sella, the Liffey and the Dusi.
“Being part of one of these big races again was my main
motivation behind wanting to come back and improve on my 7th
place from 2015,” he said.
As a Berg novice Moule turned many heads with his approach to
the race, but said that his first experience on the river was a
crash-course in river paddling adaption, and says he will be
wiser for his second Berg.
“The set-up of the boat is vital! Last time I was like a school
boy amateur with my T-bar steering and platform seat, which
lasted about four minutes! This year I know what to expect,”
“I will also pack away a lot more food through the day, I don't
think I ate enough on Day One, I just relied on energy gels and
drinks. I will make sure I think more about nutrition this
year,” he added.
Moule will be part of a three pronged international assault on
the Berg podium, with Hungarian ace Adrián Boros and Czech star
Petr Mojžíšek, and will spend the week before the race tripping
the river with his team mates.
“I am looking forward to joining these guys to learn parts of
the river before the race starts. In 2015 we had a great
international team who looked after each other on the water.
“So hopefully the three of us can do some work together, to make
up for our lack of local river knowledge which I know will be a
nice advantage for the top South African guys,” said Moule.
Despite being one of the bigger paddlers in the field Moule is
not too fazed by the prospect of a lower than usual river, as
this will be similar to his 2015 experience.
“It looks like 2015 is about to be joined by 2017 for the
hardest years to race,” he quipped.
“But that's what makes these races great to be part of. Everyone
who crosses the finish line after four days will know they have
a story to tell about the tough conditions.
“That's what we do all these races for, so we have great
memories and funny stories to tell. The low water levels just
makes for a few bonus obstacles, at least I will be able to see
which way I need to go.
“Stick to the wet stuff and keep pulling!” he chirped. “I am
really looking forward to racing."
The Berg River Canoe marathon
starts in Paarl on 12 July and ends at Velddrif on 15 July. More
information can be found at
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Adding the already strong
international flavour at the
2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon from 12-15 July, Great Britain's
Keith Moule will also be back for another crack at the race he
last attempted in 2015.
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