Going the distance

The second Tribal Triathlon series took place last on Sunday at Orient Beach with windy and choppy sea conditions providing a challenge for competitors.

A third race category was introduced this time, namely called the Olympic Distance, which consisted of a 1,5km swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run. Male Olympic Distance winner Bradley Birkholtz won the category with a good lead over his competitors.

“I wasn’t feeling at my best but I’m happy for the win. It was very hard, the swim was dreadful, the wind was terrible – it was the worst weather I’ve competed in,” Birkholtz said.

TOUGH HURDLE: The winner of the second Tribal Triathlon series race, Bradley Birkholtz Picture: AMANDA NANO

Sikelela Kakele and Davion Leon came in second and third place respectively among the Olympic Distance males.

The Sprint and Mini-Distance victories were dominated by youngsters. Sprint Distance is a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run, while the Mini is a 400m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run.

Winners in the Sprint Distance were Stirling High School pupils Caleb Meistre, who won the male section, and Kiara Herman who won the female.

“I feel ecstatic about the win. I enjoyed the swim but the cycling was quite tough because I was alone and the wind was strong going out. I felt strong on the run until my last kilometre,” said Herman.

“I felt good with the swim. I like it when it’s choppy. I also felt good with the cycling although I haven’t been training too much,” Meistre said.

For those willing to go the distance, the next race will be on November 18.

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