The women’s race of the Breede River Canoe Marathon saw the new combination of Kim Van Gysen and Christie Mackenzie master the tough low conditions to post an impressive ninth place overall, almost twenty minutes clear of second placed women Melanie Van Niekerk and Christina Geromont.
“We had so much fun today, which was part of our plan,” said Mackenzie.
“After the craziness of the start we made sure we were there to have fun. That helped to relax and minimise mistakes in the shallow rapids.
“We were lucky because we are so light, and often the guys around us would get stuck in a rapid and we would get through.
“Our combination worked really well today,” she added.
“Kim drove brilliantly. We didn’t lean at all and only in the last seven kilometres did we start to feel tired.”
Summary of Results
Breede River Canoe Marathon Stage One
1.Kim Van Gysen/Christie Mackenzie 3:07:14
2.Melanie Van Niekerk/Christina Geromont 3:26:30
3.Angie Austen/Jess Pollock 3:47:21
Photo 1 Caption: Kim Van Gysen (front) and Christie Mackenzie have a comfortable lead in the women’s race at the Breede River Canoe Marathon on Saturday. Photo: Kassie Karstens/Gameplan Media
With editing by gsport