Eleven Global Sun City 2013

Check out the highlights of the Eleven Global Sun City 2013 that took place on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of November 2013 below:

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ITU adds maiden Africa stop to 2014 World Triathlon series calendar


The International Triathlon Union (ITU) today announced an addition to the 2014 World Triathlon Series calendar. For the first time ever, a World Triathlon Series event will be held on the continent of Africa with a race slated to be held at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa on April 26-27, 2014. 

The World Triathlon Cape Town race will serve as the second stop on the eight-city tour, which kicks off in Auckland on April 5-6. Cape Town is one of only two cities to debut on the WTS calendar in 2014, with Chicago also hosting an event for the first time.

“We have been working to secure a WTS event in Africa for a long time,” ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado said. “We are very excited to bring our fast paced, action-packed style of racing there. The location is an ideal spot for premium racing, and will also serve as an important development tool for all of Africa.”

Race organizers have proposed a two-lap 1500m swim within the V&A Waterfront, followed by a scenic eight-lap 40km bike ride along Beach Road and a four-lap 10km run with constant ocean views for the elites. The weekend of events will also include races for mass participation events. Furthermore, the heart of the event will be the Race Village hosted at the Look Out Venue at the V&A Waterfront which will feature a lifestyle expo and will contain grand stands from where the public has a clear view of the finish line.

“South Africans are passionate about sport, and will be very excited to have another world-class, premium sporting event to add to their active lifestyles,” said Bruce Parker – Forsyth, CEO of the local delivery partner, WORLDSPORT.

Age groupers will have the option to choose between a standard Olympic distance courses or hone their speed skills on a sprint course. Standard and sprint distance team relays are also on the schedule, offering a race for all abilities. In addition to the competitions, athletes will be treated to a weekend full of festivities; including sundown concerts, a race exhibition, kids & family races.

“The World Triathlon Series is an exciting multi-city global series, during which athletes earn points throughout the season for a chance to be crowned the ITU Triathlon World Champion at the Grand Final,” said CEO Lagardère Unlimited Events AG Christian Toetske. “Every 2014 WTS event will feature age-group races, with all elite women’s and men’s races broadcast live to an international audience in more than 160 countries, as well as streamed online live. Equally importantly these events give the public the opportunity to compete on a World Triathlon Series stage.”

“We are proud to see Cape Town, South Africa – indeed Africa added to the World Series calendar,” said Debbie Alexander, President of Triathlon South Africa. “This event will contribute to the continued growth of Triathlon in not only South Africa – but Africa”

If you would like to hear more about it listen to Tri Talk SA’s interview with Iain Banner below (or read more about it here):


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ITU Add Cape Town to 2014 World Series, First Ascent Tri Suits & Gaelyn Cokayne’s Inspiring Triathlon Journey – Tri Talk SA Episode 20


We have two really big announcements on this week’s episode of Tri Talk SA with some inspiration thrown into the mix for good measure. On Episode 20:

We chat about the announcement that the ITU World Series will be coming to Cape Town in 2014. The announcement has just been made and Brad spoke with Iain Banner, who was one of the individuals who were instrumental in getting the event  to come to Cape Town.

First Ascent have also announced that they are to introduce a brand new range of Tri Suits into the South African market for the first time. Brad caught up with the First Ascent’s brand manager Stacey Rehbock to find out more about the gear that will be in stores from 2 December. To find out more head to their , or .

Gaelyen Cokayne, Before & AfterWe get a serious dose of inspiration from Gaelyn Cokayne who shares her story with about how she went from being seriously overweight to training for her first Ironman 70.3 triathlon. As discussed on the show, you can check out , or .

Don’t forget too that you can get your free Tri Talk SA checklist here to make sure you forget nothing when going to your next race.

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The 2013 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championship Results

Henri Schoeman wins the 5150 African Champs 2013

Henri Schoeman wins the 5150 African Champs 2013 (Image by Zoon Cronje)

The inaugural Ekurhuleni 5150 African Championship took place on Sunday 3 November 2013 on a cool morning at Germiston Lake but as the race action heated up so did the temperature. Henry Schoeman put in a dominant display to claim the title of 5150 African Champion while Andrea Steyn underlined her status as one of the most feared female triathletes in South Africa by overturning a deficit to break the tape first. You can get the rest of the 5150 results here.

Schoeman leading from the front

Going into the Ekurhuleni 5150 African Championship it was all but a foregone conclusion that Henri Schoeman (RSA) would be the first athlete to complete the 1.5km swim leg. All went according to script as Schoeman exited the water with a 2 minute lead over the chasers. France’s Antony Costes was second into transition followed closely by Wikus Weber (RSA).

Schoeman took his lead onto the bike and managed to hold the Frenchman off for most of the way. He didn’t lead the entire way though as Costes took the lead around 34km into the bike leg, but Schoeman kept him in his sights all the way until T2. Costes entered T2 in first place but Schoeman was right behind. A quicker transition ensured that Schoeman could exit T2 first and be the first athlete out on the 10km run. Wikus Weber entered T2 in third making up a top three mimicking the swim exit.

The question was could Schoeman keep the 5150 Marseille champion at bay for 10km. The young South African responded to the challenge in fine style leading for the duration of the run to come home first in a time of 01:55:30 winning by over 2 minutes. Costes held his second place to finish in 01:57:58. Weber made up the final podium position in 01:58:33.

Steyn shows her staying power

The ladies’ race favourite once again put in a classy display but still had to push hard to get the win. Lucie Reed (CZE) made the early running with a brilliant swim putting her out in front. Reed exited the water in 6th place overall amongst the leading men. She was followed into transition by Corinne Berg (RSA) and Andrea Steyn (RSA).

Reed, with a lead of nearly 5 minutes on the bike aimed to stretch her advantage and proceeded to do so. Steyn managed to keep within touching distance while further back, Lauren Dance (RSA) made her way up field passing Berg. Reed was the first lady into T2 with but Steyn managed to cut the lead to just over 3 minutes. Continue reading

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