Michael Lord wins his 4th Banhoek Duo Challenge

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Top South African triathlete, Michael Lord (Jeep Team) showed his class at the 2017 Banhoek Duo Challenge, successfully defending his title to claim his fourth consecutive title win.

The Banhoek Conservancy was established in 2013 by a group of farmers in an attempt to protect the environment and to uplift the community. The conservancy generates an income by providing well-designed, permanently marked, off-road tracks for trail running and MTB.

Lord won the 37.5km Duo Challenge, a 2.5km trail run, 25km MTB and a final 10km trail run, through the scenic Banhoek Conservancy, just outside of Stellenbosch, in 02:06:00, five minutes ahead of second-placed Matthew Richard Daneel. Coming home in third was Gary Thomas in a time of 02:15:20.

In the women’s race, Delmence Niland finished first in a time of 02:17:06; Marguerite van Niekerk finished second in 02:42:4, and rounding off the podium was Marleen Lourens in 02:45:35.

Results – Duo Challenge Long


  1. Michael Lord                           02:06:00
  2. Matthew Richard Daneel       02:11:05
  3. Gary Thomas                           02:15:20


  1. Delmence Niland                    02:17:06
  2. Marguerite van Niekerk         02:42:43
  3. Marleen Lourens                    02:45:35


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