29 January 2018 Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 South Africa January 29, 2018 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 South African born triathlon athletes Matt Trautman and Jeanni Seymour clinched their winner’s medals at the annual Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 South Africa at the Orient Beach in East London on Sunday 28 January. Trautman won with a record breaking time of 4:09:53, Seymour won with a record breaking of 4:32:23, and is the first South African woman to win in the history of the event. This event allows both men and women to compete for the ultimate prize of becoming ironman champions respectively, the race kicked off with swimming then move on to bikes from East London to Berlin and back for final showdown. With the race tightly contested coming into transition two – with just minutes separating the male pro’s – it was set to be a nail-biting finish. With the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa known for its tough run course, it was still anyone’s title to take. Trautman fought to maintain his lead after coming back from a fatal back injury that kept him out of contention last year. With the race being tightly contested for third between Vaquera and Cheetham, the rest of the podium seemed set early in the run. Seymour seemed to have secured her first ever Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa bragging rights. With Pallant coming in second despite her superb run. The PRO female race was certainly one to remember. Matt Trautman and Jeanni Seymour triumphed in both man and women race respectively to complete a SA affair, it was a dream win for Trautman as this was a bittersweet pill as he was injured last year and could not compete in 2017 race, as for Seymour she became the only woman in history for SA to win the race. In all the competition was graced with more than 2400 athletes who embarked on one of the world’s toughest sports championship. This was a successful event as the City enjoyed economic spinoffs from visitors in the fields of hospitality and retail industries as this was an international event. Attached Files Ironman (2) 79.89 KB Related 2016 Standard Bank 70.3 Ironman race The annual race is in its ninth year and is set to be bigger and better this year with the presence of pro-athletes including defending champions Jodie Swallow from the UK and South African Matt Trautman other athletes to participate are Lucie Zelenkova, James Cunnama, Kent Horner, Kyle Buckingham and Claire Horner. According to the Ironman 70.3 website (www.ironman.com), Ironman 70.3 South Africa race has significantly contributed to the triathlon boom in South Africa having become the most sought after triathlon on the continent. “The number of first-time participants over the past three years have averaged around 50 percent meaning that every year at least half of the 3 000 strong athlete field are competing for the very first time, many of which are doing their first ever triathlon,” reads the website. “It’s incredibly encouraging to see how this race has been selling out faster and faster every year. It certainly shows a huge appetite for triathlon in South Africa and is now reaching the same popularity in South Africa as other Ironman 70.3 events around the world which sell out within minutes of opening,” said Keith Bowler Managing Director of World Endurance Africa Holdings. Speaking about the Metro’s readiness for he triathlon race Executive Mayor for Buffalo City Metro Alfred Mtsi said, “This is an international event and it means lots of work is done by different stakeholders – police, law enforcement, health services, traffic, roads, electricity, community services and the communities out there. All these are working together to make sure that this event is a success, as always.” He added that the event will also contribute in the job creation plight. “Over 1000 volunteers form part of this and jobs are created during this period. More than 80 percent of service providers come from the Metro which makes it clear that most of the revenue that is generated remains in the City.” The race kicks off at 7am and will head off with a 1.9 kilometre swim off Orient Beach in an anticlockwise direction, a 90 kilometre cycle on the N2 highway and a 21.1 kilometre run around the Esplanade. The swim’s first leg will be 300 metres long – the buoy must be rounded on the right hand side (buoy must be on your left). After turning left around this buoy the next leg is 700 metres, this buoy must also be rounded on the right hand side. The following leg is 200 metres long and again you must round the buoy on the right. The final leg before the exit to the beach is 500 metres long and you need to round this last buoy on the left. The exit to the beach is 200 metres away. The cut-off time for the swim is one hour and 10 minutes. Following the swim is a 90 kilometre cycle on the N2 Highway. The first portion is along the Esplanade (beach front) where after the route follows the R72 motorway towards the Nahoon River. The route then turns left and follows the N2 highway towards King William’s Town. It is a continuous climb with a few flat sections to the turnaround point at Berlin just outside East London at 45 kilometres. The return route is on the opposite side of the N2 highway back to transition. Aid Stations will be available at the 18 kilometre, 45 kilometre and 72 kilometre marks. The cut-off time for the cycle is four hours and five minutes. The last leg is the 21.1 kilometre run around the Esplanade. Triathletes run down the Esplanade, passing the Orient Theatre and along the eastern Esplanade up into John Bailie Road towards Schenker Road. The route turns back on the second loop of the race which also goes out on the pier before turning around to the finishing line. There will be three aid stations at least two kilometres apart. The cut-off time for the run is three hours and 30 minutes. South African Surfing Championships 2017 The Mercedes of South Africa (MBSA) Championships hosted by the Metro is the premier event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and features surfers in the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well seven other age groups ranging from over 30 to over 60. Nahoon Reef has hosted numerous South African Championships since the inaugural event in 1965 and in 1978 the ISA World Surfing Championships took place at this iconic surf spot. This year Surfing South Africa celebrates the 52nd edition of the South African Championships making it one of the longest running surfing tournaments in the World. Mercedes Benz and the Buffalo City Metropolitan have partnered with Surfing South Africa which will not only showcase South Africa’s surfing talent at the annual National Championships but will also help the National Team prepare for Surfing’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Japan. In addition, Buffalo City Metro, MBSA and Surfing South Africa will highlight East London’s importance as a major South African surfing venue through the presenting of the annual championships, preparation and support of the National Team, hosting of coaching and judging Seminars and support of local outreach programmes. The 2017 South African Championships will feature over 160 surfers from eight districts who will be competing for nine individual South African titles. Adding prestige to the event is the news that current World Big Wave Champion, Grant Twiggy Baker will be representing eThekweni in the over 40 Division while World Masters Champion and five-time South African Men’s Champion Greg Emslie will be back to defend his title, this time at his local surf spot. He will also be competing in both the Open Men's Division and the Over 40 Division, the same group as Twiggy Baker. Chris Knutsen of eThekweni, a five-time World Champion and four-time South African Champion, will be competing in the Over 55 Division while former World Tour campaigner, ISA World Masters Champion and eight-time South African Champion Heather Clark of Ugu Surfriders, will be hoping to add at a ninth title to her list of achievements. Twenty four current and former national team members are competing while six of the nine 2016 South African Champions are back to defend their titles. There are six World Champions turning out for their Districts at this year’s Championships along with some well-known provincial and district surfing stars. Surfers representing Districts from along the South African coast will contest 11 divisions from Under 20 to Over 60 and will compete in a total of 140 heats. The 126 heats make up 47 hours of competition which will be completed over six days of intense competition. Individual titles will be at stake in nine divisions and surfers scores will be allocated to their District totals to determine which Team will win the 45-year-old Presidents Cup and the Masters Cup. This year all the points from the Open Divisions and Masters Divisions will be combined to determine the winners of the inaugural Champions Cup. The 2016 Presidents Cup was won by Cape Town Surfriders and at Seal Point in 2016 the Buffalo City Surfriders team secured their 11th Masters Cup. These events were held separately in 2016. To commemorate the memory of a much loved President of the Buffalo City Surfriders, Surfing South Africa has introduced the Dave Fish Trophy which will be awarded to the most consistent surfer throughout the event. Dave Fish passed away just days before last year’s SA Masters Championships. Proceedings get under way with an Opening Function at the Old Selbornians Club at 7pm on Monday August 21 and heats start on Tuesday August 22 at 8am. The heats as well as the Event schedule will be posted on the Surfing South Africa website www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and results will be updated daily. Daily photos will also be posted on the Surfing South Africa website. The Surfing South Africa Instagram, Twitter and Facebook will be updated regularly during the contest. The 2017 Mercedes Benz South African Surfing Championships are hosted by Buffalo City Municipality and supported by Sport and Recreation SA and the National Lotteries Commission. The event is hosted by Buffalo City Surfriders, presented by Surfing South Africa and produced by Accelerate Marketing. Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). 2017 Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 The East London’s superb location, nestled in the incredible coastal area makes it a perfect host for this testing exceptional race. This year, the race is expected to pull more pro-athletes from around the world including defending champions, Jodie Swallow and Matt Trautmann. The Metro’s Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said that he is delighted that the City hosts the prestigious event each year. “As hosts of such an important sporting event, Buffalo City receives international and local compliments. The event gives the city an opportunity to show the world the true South African hospitality as well as boosting tourism and adding to the economy of the City,” said Pakati. “Buffalo City is ready to host the 2017 edition of the Ironman 70.3 and we are looking forward to the spectacular race.” The race kicks off at 7am with a 1.9km swim at East London's Orient Beach, the swim’s first leg will be 300 metres long, the marker must be rounded on the right hand side (marker must be on your left). After turning left around this buoy the next leg is 700 metres, this buoy must also be rounded on the right hand side. The following leg is 200 metres long and again you must round the buoy on the right. The final leg before the exit to the beach is 500 metres long and you need to round this last buoy on the left. The exit to the beach is 200 metres away. The cut-off time for the swim is one hour and 10 minutes. Following the swim is a 90 kilometre cycle on the N2 Highway. The first portion is along the Esplanade (beach front) where after the route follows the R72 motorway towards the Nahoon River. The route then turns left and follows the N2 highway towards King William’s Town. It is a continuous climb with a few flat sections to the turnaround point at Berlin just outside East London at 45 kilometres. The return route is on the opposite side of the N2 highway back to transition. Aid Stations will be available at the 18 kilometre, 45 kilometre and 72 kilometre marks. The cut-off time for the cycle is four hours and five minutes. The last leg is the 21.1 kilometre run around the Esplanade. Triathletes run down the Esplanade, passing the Orient Theatre and along the eastern Esplanade up into John Bailie Road towards Schenker Road. The route turns back on the second loop of the race which also goes out on the pier before turning around to the finishing line. According to the race’s legend John Duke, who started competing in the Ironman events in 1982, the race is anybody’s game and anybody can claim the title and be the Ironman. "People who think that the title is unattainable, I tell them that it is possible. I can take a person that does not have an athletic bone in their body and make them into a triathlete if they’re willing to put in the time. I’m the perfect example. I am not a great athlete, just a hard worker." Residents should also note that there will be road closures: Entrance to the Orient Beach Complex will be closed to all public and vehicles from Friday 27 January to Tuesday 31 January 2017 The following road closures will apply on Sunday 29 January 2017 from 6am until 1pm. On the N2, it will be closed from Beacon Bay offramp (Exit 1051) to Blaney intersection. While on the NEX / R72, the road will be closed from Buffalo Park Drive to Wyse Avenue (Christian Centre intersection) from 6am until 5pm. At Currie Street / Esplanade Street it will be closed from Orient Road to John Bailie Road. Other road closures include the John Bailie Road, Turnberry Avenue, Glen Eagles Road, Galway Road and Epsom Road Intersection 2016 Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Road Closure Road Closures: 00h00 – 17h00 · Esplanade Road between George Walker Parade and Moore Street. · Buffalo Park Drive between John Bailie Road and Fitzpatrick Road. · John Bailie Road between Ainsdale Road and Moore Street including Mc Jannet Drive. Road Closures: 06h00 – 17h00 · The N2 will be closed to Traffic between Beacon Bay Off ramp and Blaney turn off and at all the on and off ramps to the N2 from 07h00 to 17h00 from East London to KWT direction. · The N2 will be closed to traffic between Blaney turn off and North East Expressway off ramp and at all the on and off ramps to the N2 from 07h30 to 17h00 from KWT to East London direction. · The North East Expressway will be closed to traffic between Wyse Avenue and Bowls Road intersection in both directions. Lane Closures: 09h30 – 16h30 The right hand lane going up in Turnberry Avenue, Gleneagles Road and Galway Road will be closed for vehicular traffic. Access to East London Golf Course and Kat Leisure Park will be via The Drive. The following intersections will be closed at 05h00 until 17h00: Currie Street at Brighton Street Orient Road at Hillview Road Brighton Street at Rhodes Street Esplanade Road at Rhodes Street Esplanade Road at Quanza Street Esplanade Road at Fitzpatrick Road Esplanade Road at Clifford Street Esplanade Road at Inverleith Terrace Esplanade Road at Long Fellow Street Moore Street at Court Crescent Buffalo Park Drive at Fitzpatrick Road Commercial Road at Fitzpatrick Road John Bailie Road at McJannet Drive John Bailie Road at Turnberry Road John Bailie Road at Ainsdale Road Frenchman wins EL Ironman 70.3 Guilaume took part in the 10th edition of the Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 South Africa held on Sunday, 29 January 2017. Gailaume described his race as a perfect race, saying that he fought hard to create a gap, finishing with a two minute lead ahead of South Africans James Cunnama finishing second and Kyle Buckingham, who took the third spot at the podium. “At the end of the bike ride I was leading by six minutes, I knew then that victory was certain but I had to keep fighting because I was up against the best,” said Gauilaume. He encouraged other triathletes to never give up even when the going gets tough. “Last year, I was tempted to stop competing in triathlons altogether because the past two years were very difficult, but my winning spirit would not let me quit. I trained harder and today my hard work has paid off,” said Gauilaume. Meanwhile, Britain’s Jodie Cunnama who confirmed her status as the most commanding female triathlete winning her seventh consecutive title expressed a mixture of relief and satisfaction with her win. “It was not an easy win, the race gets harder every year and having won six consecutive races there is a lot of pressure to retain the title, I am relieved and happy with the outcome,” said Cunnama. A delighted Susie Cheetham from Britain was the well-deserved runner up, with Poland’s Jerzyk Agnieszka in third place. Over 3000 competitors gathered at Orient Beach for the 1.9 kilometre ocean swim, followed by a 90.1 kilometre bike ride and a 21.1 kilometre run in temperatures hitting the lower 30’s. Ironman Communications Specialist, Michael Flanagan said that they are happy to host yet another successful Ironman 70.3 race which shines an international spotlight on the Metro and contributes to its economy. “The influx of athletes and travelling companions provides a substantial tourism injection into the Buffalo City Metro, bringing an estimated R40 million worth of direct spend into the City for the period of the event,” said Flanagan. He also added that reaching ten years is a big milestone. “Over the years this event has grown in size and stature and has become a major fixture on the international calendar.” Delegates discuss South Africa’s economy The conference was held on March 10 –11 with various stakeholders from national and provincial economic development government departments, government entities, universities and research institutions. Welcoming guests at the event Deputy Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said, “We welcome the fact that part of your deliberations will be reflecting on an important aspect that features prominently in our Metro Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) which is growing capacities of sustainable entrepreneurship in the townships.” “This is of course a critical area of focus as a Metro and we will be paying particular attention to your outcomes and to see how we can find synergies in our efforts.” Giving a background of the Eastern Cape economic development overview MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Sakhumzi Somyo said, “Eastern Cape provides a microcosm of the challenges faced at the national level. Some segments of the local economy are at the cutting edge of global technology and production.” He concluded by saying that the province boasts with world class infrastructure concentrated in our city hubs whilst the rural hinterland may lack fundamentals of reliable water, energy and logistics infrastructure. “The province has hug energy potential. Over the past year, the province has seen its allocation of wind and solar farms increase to 17, with a total investment value of R33.7 billion and over 18 000 jobs being created over the life of the projects.” Making his keynote address deputy minister for Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina saying that the department calls government and academia to actively engage in the process of searching and identifying sustainable related development models for re-industrialisation and economic growth. He added that the current period of expedition to re-industrialise and make substantial value-addition to South Africa’s raw material requires a dynamic, innovative and creative African researcher who understands that the quest for economic transformation is premised on socio-economic justice. “This new generation of African researchers must understand that inclusive growth and development is critical in our march towards achieving the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution. Increased participation of researchers and academia is important in the crafting and development of various iterations of the industrial development policy in the country. Without these, our people will forever toil in poverty and underdevelopment,” Masina said. Other discussions at the conference include a framework for export development and identification of realistic market opportunities in South Africa, the model growing capacities of sustainable entrepreneurship in the townships, trade as a driver of manufacturing structural change for sustainable development in South Africa and rethinking the future role of cities in economic development with questions of the present. Comments are closed.