River Canoe Marathon Media Release
: Dave Macleod
Solomon scoops Hungarian star Boros for Berg team race
Paarl - With the countdown to the 2018 Berg River Canoe
Marathon ticking away, Berg icon Graeme Solomon has thrown down
the gauntlet by confirming a team entry with the defending
champion Adrián Boros of Hungary for mid-July’s four day
The race has been retooled to focus on a new team format that
will see the competitive spoils awarded to pairs of athletes,
introducing a new dynamic to the 57 year old Cape race.
Solomon, a former winner and the runner up to Boros last year,
has been an enthusiastic supporter of the new team format, and
was intrigued to get a message from Boros in Hungary when the
new team format was unveiled, asking for more details.
“Yes, Team Bamboo Warehouse will be myself and Adrián,” beamed
Solomon, adding that the new team format totally changed the
approach of top international athletes to the race, and athletes
from other provinces.
“Suddenly you can have a team made up of one paddler with good
local knowledge who can do all the tripping, and another paddler
who brings the raw power and speed to the team.
“It suits us down to the ground because Adrián will be arriving
the day before the race. Normally he would have had to be here
for at least a week beforehand to learn the river.”
Solomon explained that after Boros had messaged him, he had
cautiously made the offer to the Hungarian world number three.
“I messaged him back three weeks later saying I was keen to join
him in a team, and was delighted when he messaged right back
accepting,” said Solomon.
He added that this will open doors to other paddlers who found
the intricacies and tactics of the Berg a little intimidating.
“Now you can come into the race with no local knowledge but a
decent base, and be competitive. Not only that but you learn the
race and river in the process, which will bring that paddler
back for more in future years,” said Solomon.
“That is what I would have done if Adrián hadn’t agreed to
paddle with me – take a young buck under my wing and teach them
about the Berg,” he said.
He added that the Berg podium will continue to be under threat
from international paddlers.
“I hear that there are a few other top internationals coming
out, some of them know the river now and others are really
“It is time for the better local paddlers to start looking at
confirming team mates for the race, because there will be water,
of that I am really confident, and there will be some serious
racing as well,” he added.
Normal entries are now being taken online at
until Wednesday 27 June after which a R250 late entry penalty
The Berg River Canoe marathon
starts in Paarl on 11 July and ends at Velddrif on 14 July. More
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Graeme Solomon has confirmed Hungarian ace
Boros as his partner in Team Bamboo Warehouse for the Berg River Canoe
Marathon from 11 to 14 July.
Paddling foe turned partner. Graeme Solomon (right) has
confirmed defending champion
(centre) as his partner for the Berg River Canoe Marathon. Seen
at the finish of last years race are
(from left) Petr
Mojžíšek (third), Boros (first) and Solomon (second).
Take that, team mate! 2017 Berg River champion
Adrián Boros sprays
bubbly at his 2018 team mate Graeme Solomon on the final podium
after last5 year's race. Czech star
Mojžíšek (right) looks on in amusement.
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