Chance for the preparation of Dusi’s marathon at the Umpetha Challenge in KZN

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Seasoned paddler Thulani Mbanjwa.

Fans of the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon 2022 will get their first look at some of K2’s top elite crews at the Clanfin Umpetha Challenge this weekend.

Competitors have a key chance of securing a solid seed, as well as securing early points in the exciting Dusi Series.

Sunday’s Camps Drift showdown at Bishopstowe Hall will give paddlers the opportunity to refresh their memories of the first hour of the race, as well as test their portage on a tough race that mirrors the infamous Campbell’s Farm portage by Dusi.

Entries are pouring in for the race, with a number of Dusi’s top contenders determined to be on the starting line as this will be the first real opportunity this season to race in Dusi conditions.

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Sbonelo Khwela, former male K2 champion and eternal podium, has made his debut, but does not yet have a K2 partner. That will change before the race in two days, in all likelihood.

After dominating the Clanfin Umpetha Challenge in

Sbonelo Khwela.

Another former winner in K1 and K2 is Hank McGregor and the 2018 Dusi champion will team up with his friend Lee Furby for the race while his wife Pippa McGregor is also entered and she will compete in K2 with Bridgitte Hartley.

The field is expected to include a number of Dusi’s top finishers from 2021, which will be a good indication of likely pairings for the main showdown in February, as the combinations are felt at the start of the season.

Defending K2 champion Khumbulani Nzimande teams up with Stew Little for Umpetha, getting his hands on a crew that could well be a very dangerous Dusi suit, while eternal Thulani Mbanjwa will race with Msawenkosi Mtolo in Team MyLife colors .

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