N3TC Drak Challenge
Adam gives hint of international flavour to Drak Challenge
Underberg – Czech Republic paddling star Jakub Adam will add a distinct
international flavour to the N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon this
weekend, which also serves as the first leg of the International Canoe
Federation’s Classic Series.
The 29 year old Czech hero is no stranger to South African rivers having
taken on a number of FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon’s, Hansa Fish River Canoe
Marathon’s as well as a solitary Drak Challenge in 2013 so he has a sound
understanding of South African river racing conditions.
His Drak debut in 2013 was a baptism of fire as he was confronted by flood
waters that kept most of the field off the heaving river. He finished 17,
coping well with the big water demands given his lack of experience at rough
water river racing.
Despite his focus being the FNB Dusi in February the Drak Challenge is a
race that he has highlighted as important in his preparations for the
three-day journey from Pietermartizburg to Durban despite initial concerns
that water levels were going to be low.
“I am planning on doing the Drak Challenge this weekend,” Adam mentioned. “I
hope that we will have enough water as I am going to try and use the race as
Dusi training because we haven’t been able to get on to the river as yet.”
Adam has not tackled the N3TC Drak Challenge since the infamous 2013 event
where the race was contested in large river conditions, 2016 could be vastly
different to those conditions which, despite his extensive river racing
experience, could test Adam.
Adam has swapped the bitterly cold Czech winter for the KwaZulu-Natal summer
as he prepares for the FNB Dusi which is followed by the ICF Canoe Marathon
World Cup in Pietermaritzburg in March.
“I have been training in South Africa for two weeks and it has been going
“The Dusi is my main priority at the moment with running being our major
focus but the Drak will be important training for me ahead of the race,”
Adam is the brother if Anna Kožíšková, who became popular with South African
paddling fans under her maiden name Anna Adamova, partnering Abby Solms to a
thrilling and close-run second place in the 2014 Dusi. The pair have also
won the tough Hansa Fish Marathon together.
Adam quickly won the respect of the South African when they came out to race
in the South African summer of 2012, where Adam raced Michael Odvarko, and
again in 2014 racing with Cam Schoeman to a third place.
Adam will be joined in South Africa by his sister next week, as the pair
continue their love for training in the southern hemisphere summer.
“It is very different. It is more fun to start the season on the river than
doing many kilometres on flat water, so it is not boring," Adam said. “Every
morning in the Czech Republic, even in summer, is very cold."
"Sometimes, if you're doing over 4 000 kilometres per year, it's quite
boring to paddle just on one dam. This is fun, and for me it's the best
preparation for the coming season."
"Canoeing in South Africa is very different from the scene in Europe. The
peddle system and the rudders in the back of the boats are different. Also,
in the beginning, I was scared to hit rocks in the river because we're
trying to take care of the boat and clean it after each session, so this is
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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The N3TC Drak Challenge 2016 Logo - JPeg
Following one appearance at the
N3TC Drak Challenge in 2013, Czech Republic star Jakub Adam will return for
another attack on the Mzimkhulu River when the race gets underway from 23-24
January in Underberg.
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