Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
Louw brothers bag their first Breede crown
Robertson - Brothers Ryan and Greg Louw completed their
domination of the tough two-day Breede River Canoe Marathon,
winning the 52nd edition of this iconic race in bitterly low
They started the shortened 17km
final stage from Riggton Farm to Drew Bridge with the Under 23
speedsters Alan Houston and Stew Little on their wave, but the
Louw brothers took their chances well on the final leg to shake
off them off and win their first Breede title by more than two
"Because we raced the same section that we raced on the first
day, everyone had learnt a few tricks so the racing was far
harder and more tactical," said Ryan Louw.
"The crews were all feeling each other out on the first stage
but today the racing was much harder. The intervals were hard
and all the top boats upped the ante, even though the river was
actually a bit lower," he added.
Third placed overnight the crew of Shaun Rubenstein and Clint
Cook took the bull by the horns and scorched into the lead early
on, before the Louw brothers pounced on an opportunity about
half an hour into the race and went back to the front.
"We wanted to make that stick and put in an interval, which got
us a decent gap." said Ryan Louw. "We didn't want to risk being
in a bunch as we got to the end of the race and to risk making a
small mistake that could hand the lead to someone else."
"Mission accomplished!" said his brother Greg Louw. "While it
was low it was still really good fun, and it was a good training
session for the Hansa Fish in a few weeks' time, which is our
main goal for this season.
"We have one of this combinations as brothers where we can just
jump into a boat and go, which helps a lot," he said. "Paddling
with your brother is not without it's challenges, but it is
never a mission!"
Clinton Cook and Shaun Rubenstein duly wrapped up the last spot
on the podium, well clear of the fourth placed boat of Anders
Hart and Dom Notten.
Simon Van Gysen won the singles category with an excellent fifth
place overall, testimony to how the K2 struggled on the low
river, with Phillip Smith the second single close behind in
The only change to the top ten on the final stage was Ernest van
Riet and Bartho Visser dropping two places to seventh as the
singles paddlers leapfrogged them in the low river.
Kim van Gysen and Christie Mackenzie retained their ninth
position overall in winning the women's title, posting another
measured and fast stage result to cement their 2019 WCCU River
Marathon K2 crown K2.
Daantjie Malan, Gerhard Beukes and Francois Meyer persevered
with their K3, finishing 25th overall.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
BREEDE RIVER CANOE MARATHON STAGE TWO
1.Ryan Louw/Greg Louw 1:21:37.39 4:01:57.41
2.Alan Houston/Stewart Little 1:23:52.27 4:04:13.75
3.Clinton Cook/Shaun Rubenstein 1:25:11.56 4:05:47.70
4.Anders Hart/Dom Notten 1:29:44.00 4:18:58.38
5.Simon van Gysen 1:30:08.84 4:24:14.45
6. Phillip Smith 1:30:11.67 4:24:34.12
7.Bartho Visser/Ernest Van Riet 1:38:03.76 4:28:02.04
8.Heinrich Schloms/John de Villiers 1:35:19.08 4:39:50.65
9.Kim Van Gysen/Christie Mackenzie 1:36:57.21 4:44:12.17
10.Richard Allen/Mike Schwan 1:38:55.91 4:59:12.22
1.Kim Van Gysen/Christie Mackenzie 1:36:57.21 4:44:12.17
2.Melanie Van Niekerk/Christina Geromont 1:49:21.47
3.Angie Austen/Jess Pollock 1:57:35.28 5:44:56.87
1.Simon van Gysen1:30:08.84 4:24:14.45
2. Phillip Smith 1:30:11.67 4:24:34.12
3.Pierre-Andre Rabie 1:52:19.11 5:36:47.76
1.Daantjie Malan/Gerhard Beukes/Francois Meyer 1:58:29.31
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Greg (front) and Ryan
Low power away to win the final stage of the Breede River Canoe
Marathon on Sunday. "Because we raced the same section that we
raced on the first day, everyone had learnt a few tricks so the
racing was far harder and more tactical," said Ryan Louw.
Runners up Stew
Little (front) and Alan Houston complete the final stage of the
Breede River Canoe Marathon on Sunday.
In a class of their
own, women's race winners Kim Van Gysen (front) and Christie
Mackenzie paddled flawlessly on the final stage of the Breede
River Canoe Marathon on Sunday.
GO! The start on the
final stage of the Breede River Canoe Marathon on Sunday.
We did it! Gideon van
Zyl (front) and Caryn Adam enjoy completing the final stage of
the Breede River Canoe Marathon on Sunday.
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