French canoeists will participate in the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon 2022

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French paddlers Yann Robert (left) and Eric Lelievre (right) took the plunge and signed up for the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon.

Respected French canoeists Eric Lelievre and Yann Robert added their names to the growing registration for the 2022 MyLife Dusi canoe marathon from February 17-19, saying the three-day race is a must-see event for any paddler.

Lelièvre, who is the current French 200m K1 champion in his masters age category, said the reputation of the Dusi had reached many European paddlers and he and his fellow paddlers agreed it was an event that every paddler wanted to do.

“A South African paddler who became a good friend told me the Dusi was the race to do in a kayaker’s life,” said Levievre, who finished the Dusi 2020 with compatriot Paul Laforte in 188th place .

“On arrival in Durban, we entrusted our boat to a young paddler from Soweto. It was finishing the race by giving back to South Africa some of what we received, ”he said.

Portage a new challenge

He openly admits that they will face many more challenges than the average Dusi paddler, coming from the European winter with limited training opportunities despite having done the Dusi before.

“The challenge will just finish the race! he said.

“Yann and I are pure sprint specialists, but we hope to make it to Durban. “

The duo will join fellow French compatriot Benoit Roger, who has the advantage of having Ben Bradford as a partner to lead him on the Dusi and uMngeni rivers.

“Benoit is also a sprint champion in his 50 and over age group, but he is fortunate enough to also be the national runner-up in the marathon,” said Lelièvre.

He said the cold winter would hamper their training and their limited experience in transporting the boat would also pose challenges for them in the city they live in. “This part of the race won’t be the best.

“Even if it would have been a good buzz to run in the streets of Paris carrying a boat! said Lelièvre. “We can’t wait to have fun, create great memories and meet great people. It will take good video sessions the day before and good luck the day!

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