N3TC Drak Challenge
Kime relieved to see Drak Challenge river rise
Underberg – 2015 N3TC Drak Challenge runner-up Lance Kime is thrilled by the
recent news of the uMzimkhulu River finally filling ahead of the Southern
Drakensberg’s popular two day canoe marathon on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24
January with the Euro Steel star relishing the challenge of another strong
elite men’s field.
The steady rainfall that the drought-stricken region received recently has
seen the river level rise sufficiently enough for organisers to remain
confident the race will take place next weekend as initially scheduled,
leaving Kime and the rest of the paddling fraternity scrambling to get their
entries in on time.
“Provided this rain continues and we can get a race then I’m definitely in
for Drak!” confirmed Euro Steel’s Kime enthusiastically.
“I had lost a bit of hope that the race would in fact even go a head up
until a couple of days ago but it has been great to see the rain falling
While the river level came up recently, the drought continues and has left
many wondering just what level will ultimately transpire come race day.
“Given the circumstances and the drought we’re going through, I think the
ideal situation for most would be the more water for Drak the better!” said
“I wouldn’t expect a full river for Drak, unless we get a bit of a storm
overnight of course.
“A low river would probably suit me quite well because of my skill set
however a low river also suits a stronger fitter paddler because you’re
constantly having to accelerate and a couple of the other guys are in really
good paddling shape at the moment!”
Despite having raced to second place behind Birkett last year, a Drak
Challenge title is not something occupying much of Kime’s attention.
A strong showing is however something he seeks, particularly ahead of his
and Birkett’s Dusi title challenge.
“I don’t think I’ve ever gone into a Drak with my sights set on winning the
race,” said Kime. “My focus has always been more on trying to get onto the
“With Drak being a K1 race and Dusi being a K2 championship year, the
influence of Drak on Dusi is fairly unrelated.
“However, should both Andy (Birkett) and I manage to get ourselves onto the
podium at Drak, it will definitely give us some good confidence going into
The N3TC Drak Challenge takes place on Saturday 23 and
Sunday 24 January 2016.
information can be found at www.drak.co.za
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Euro Steel's Lance Kime is
pleased by the news that the water level of the uMzimkhulu River has risen
ahead of next weekend's N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon.
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