Following the conclusion of the successful MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon season, men’s race runner-up Hank McGregor and women’s third place finisher Bridgitte Hartley have been confirmed as the winners of new MyLife Dusi Series titles.
The series was established to put more emphasis on the pre-Dusi seeding and build-up races with three pre-Dusi and the MyLife ...more
Andy Birkett set a new record by winning the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon on Saturday, extending his number of consecutive wins to eight as he wrapped up his eleventh title in masterful style.
The East Londoner did not make a mistake over the three days and 120 kilometres as he posted a 21 minute victory margin ...more
Both overnight leaders retained their leads in the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon on the tough 46km second stage on Friday, but in sharply contrasting fashion.
Ten times champ Andy Birkett staged a solo Dusi masterclass as he extended his overnight from twelve to eighteen minutes, not putting a paddle wrong on the race's longest stage.
A relaxed ...more
Dusi Bridge - Defending champions Andy Birkett and Christie Mackenzie took full control of the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon with juggernaut individual performances on day one on Thursday.
Birkett raced flawlessly over the 42km from Camps Drift to Dusi Bridge, running and paddling away from the seeded men's batch loaded with all the Dusi stars of ...more
1 – number of finishers in the inaugural edition of the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon in 1951 (late Dr Ian Player)
2 – number of rivers on the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon route (the Msundusi & Mngeni River)
2 - number of initiatives supported by the 2021 Charity Batch (The Dusi Umngeni Conservation Trust and the Valley ...more
The 70th edition of the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon sets off from Camps Drift on Thursday morning with both the men’s and women’s fields stacked with the country’s top paddling talent while paddlers are set to revel in favourable water from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, all commemorating the 1951 inaugural Dusi won by Dr Ian Player.
Navigating her way through the heart of a European winter, Danish paddler Susan Lützner will finally get to experience the warmth of a South African summer when she teams up with local paddler Trenton Lamble for the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon this Thursday.
It has been a long and difficult road to the start line for ...more
With the guidance of two-time MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon champion Abby Solms, young Pietermaritzburg resident Aadila Kajee could become the first Indian woman to take on the three-day epic next week Saturday.
It has been a whirlwind build-up for the former Wykeham Collegiate pupil who had never picked up a paddle let along been in a ...more
As the entry for the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon continues to balloon towards last year’s K2 race entry, paddlers gearing up for the three day journey from Pietermaritzburg to Durban have welcomed news that they will get water releases for all three stages of the race.
Thanks to the wettest summer in thirteen years dams in ...more
With a second and a first to her name in the last two years, recently married Tamika Gandar (neé Haw) has slipped in an eleventh hour entry for this year’s MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon starting next Thursday, adding further spice to the intriguing women’s title race.
Gandar powered to victory in her K2 with sister Bianca ...more
While many canoeists have found the past year of lockdowns and regulations frustration, it seems to have invigorated the MyLife Dusi defending champion Andy Birkett, who says he is more excited than he has ever felt in the build-up to the three day race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban from 18 to 20 March.
“I can’t remember ...more
Hank McGregor framed himself as a serious MyLife Dusi contender with an emphatic win in the Lighthouse Designs Ozzie Gladwin, making it a hat-trick of wins at the popular race on the Upper uMngeni River.
Racing against a men's field brimming with a number of Dusi challengers, the 43 year-old Euro Steel racer McGregor broke away ...more
With less than two weeks to go to the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon, a huge field of eager paddlers will gather at Albert Falls Dam on Sunday for the Lighthouse Designs Ozzie Gladwin for arguably the best opportunity to gauge Dusi racing form after a year build-up moulded by lockdown restrictions on training and competition.
With unprecedented rains throughout KwaZulu-Natal during this summer, the 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon has attracted the attention of four different K3 crews, with the Burnett family boat of father and two sons have an important task when the race starts on 18 March.
Westville based son Trent and his Umdloti based brother Kade, who have ...more
MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon women’s title contender Jenna Ward has found herself in an unexpected race against time as she rehabilitates an ankle injury picked in a key Dusi seeding race last month.
Ward was racing through the notorious Devils Cauldron on the Guinea Fowl portage during the recent Campbell’s Farm to Dusi Bridge seeding race ...more
In conditions not experienced for many years, the weekend's Kindo Inanda Dam to Durban race attracted an unprecidented field which saw veteran star Hank McGregor signal his intentions with a sprint finish win over David Evans while Jordan Peek continued her impressive pre-MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon form with another win.
With healthy rains throughout KwaZulu-Natal during ...more
With three weeks to go until the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon, eager paddlers are itching to return to the uMngeni River to train on the final stage of the race when the Inanda to Durban is staged on Sunday, marking a return to the popular race for the first time in a decade.
The exceptional summer ...more
With a month to go until the 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon, this coming weekend gives all aspiring paddlers the opportunity to get onto the Msundusi and Mngeni Rivers in race conditions for the Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge on Saturday and the 50 Miler on Sunday.
There have been precious few opportunities for paddlers to get ...more
One of the pre-MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon staples, the famous Canvas Dusi, will see nine paddlers set off from Alexandra Park on Friday for a three day excursion down the Dusi route paddling replicas of the canvas boats used in the first Dusis.
The first Canvas Dusi was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Dusi ...more
While she still harbours serious Olympic aspirations this year, South Africa’s most decorated sprint paddler Bridgitte Hartley says she is determined to make her mark at the 2021 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon from 18-20 March.
There is heightened interest in the three day classic, which has a new sponsor on board, after being given the green ...more