2 July 2012Seven-time Dusi Canoe Marathon champion and top adventure sportsman, Martin Dreyer, returned to competitive racing with a bang when he claimed the 2012 Freedom Challenge Mountain Bike Race Across South Africa (Rasa) title on Friday night, shattering the course record in the process.Dreyer reached the finish at Diemersfontein, near Wellington in the Western Cape at 22:40 on Friday, 29 June after starting in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, 19 June at 06:00.His total time was 10 days 16 hours 40 minutes, hacking a massive 1 day 22 hours 10 minutes off the previous record of 12 days 15 hours 30 minutes, set by 2011 winner Alex Harris.Harris, the winner in 2010 and 2011, finished second to Dreyer with a total time of 10 days 23 hours 57 minutes, also well inside his previous record.Sevens summitsHarris is an experienced mountaineer and has completed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on all seven continents). He is also the first South African to walk unsupported to the South Pole.Dreyer and Harris were never separated by more than seven hours, ensuring an enthralling battle for the coveted title.There is no prize money in the event. For his efforts, Dreyer received pizza and a special commemoration Freedom Challenge finisher’s blanket.The Rasa follows the Freedom Trail, an east-to-west route over a distance of 2 300km with 37 000 metres of total vertical ascent. It takes place through mid-winter where temperatures can vary from -10 to 30 degrees Celsius. The terrain is varied and includes mountains and semi-desert as well as multiple river crossings.Self-navigateThe riders complete the event unsupported and self-navigate their way throughout (no GPS permitted).There are 25 support stations on the route at which they can get a meal and sleep under shelter.The leading riders stop only when necessary.A total of 47 competitors started the 2012 event, and only 28 are likely to finish. There is a 26-day cut-off.Dreyer was met at the finish by his wife Jeannie, one of South Africa’s leading adventure sportswomen, and their two children, Callum (2) and Ruby (5 weeks).“I feel relieved and ecstatic at the same time,” said a weary Dreyer.‘This race empowered me’“This race empowered me. I’ve not really tested myself for a few years and this allowed me to do that.“I wanted to go into De Hel at midnight and sleep at the bottom of the Swartberg Pass in sub-zero temperatures,” Dreyer said.“I didn’t go into this race planning to win. That was a bonus. I wanted to do something extreme again. And I did. I’m very satisfied.”Dreyer says the record was never a goal for him. “It’s like a canoeing race on a river. The river level changes each year, so the race times will vary.“We got lucky with the weather this year. There was some snow and rain, but not as bad as it has been in the past.”No mechanical problemsUnlike Harris, who had to deal with a broken saddle clamp from early on, Dreyer said that he had no mechanical problems. “I didn’t even puncture once. My bike, a GT Zaskar carbon fibre hardtail 29er, was just great! Just as well, because I’m not very mechanically minded.”From a nutrition perspective, he said that keeping energy levels up was the main challenge.“You can only eat so much solid food – and believe me, I ate as much as I could at the support stations. But it’s just not enough. So I used USN Epic Pro, which is a carbohydrate, protein, vitamin and phosphate mix. It’s the perfect supplement for a long race like this.”The 43-year-old, who runs a multisport development academy in KwaZulu-Natal, was struck by a passing truck on the final day. It clipped his elbow but he managed to maintain control of his bike and avoided crashing.“It shook me up. My elbow hurt but I was just bent on getting to the finish. I didn’t let it bother me. My family was waiting for me at the finish. I wasn’t going to let anything stop me getting there as fast as I could,” smiled Dreyer.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Meralco import Gani Lawal. PBA IMAGESRookie Ray Parks Jr. caught fire in the extra period, knocking down 10 points to power Blackwater to a 108-107 squeaker over defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Parks finished with 28 points, the same output by import Alex Stepheson, as the Elite carved out a second straight victory and vaulted to the top by surviving a 44-point output by Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Thurman details fresh dangers for Pacquiao LATEST STORIES “I think our team worked on our offense. Everybody was sharing the basketball and everybody was being a part of the offense—that really helped us in this game. And that’s what we look to continue for our remaining games—which is to spread the wealth, so to speak,” Black said.The Bolts opened the game with eight unanswered points and steadily built on that cushion the rest of the way.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Parks had two triples and a layup off a Ginebra turnover as the Elite took a 106-99 lead under three minutes remaining, but Blackwater still needed to hold its breath in a wild sequence in the end before emerging a surprise early leader in the conference.“For a rookie to have that [take-charge] mentality says so much about how much of a winner he is,” Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said of Parks, who was also one of the heroes in the team’s conference-opening win over Meralco last weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn that loss to the Elite, Meralco coach Norman Black rued his charges’ lack of teamwork and promptly made adjustments.This time, the Bolts drew balanced scoring from its core to hold off Columbian, 101-92, in the earlier game. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
New Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has ordered an enquiry into reports that national campers at a SAI centre in Bengaluru were using a broken container for ice bath and also sought a report from the Sports Authority of India. It has been reported that members of the junior Indian hockey team were using a broken plastic water tank for an ice bath at the centre. “The ministry has ordered an enquiry. After assuming charge as the Sports Minister during his visits to different SAI Centres in the country, Vijay Goel had emphasised the need to upgrade SAI Centres to provide the best facilities to the players practicing or getting trained at SAI Centres across India,” a sports ministry official said. PTI AT CM CM
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Instagram/Taylor LewanMichigan State has owned Michigan on the gridiron in recent history, winning seven of the last eight matchups between the two programs. But one prominent former Wolverine is tired of living in the past, and Wednesday he had a little fun at the expense of his new Tennessee Titans teammate – a former Spartan.Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who was drafted 11th overall back in 2014, apparently wasn’t a fan of what former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who was drafted eighth overall this year, had hanging in his locker room. Lewan, after seeing Conklin’s Spartans jersey, playfully told him to “grow up” on Instagram. He added a “Go Blue” for fun too. Lewan and Conklin are both expected to play prominent roles for the Titans this year.
As he looks around at the upscale recording studio he marvels at a little-known fact. Until recently, the university had no idea that former student Ron Nelson became the “godfather” of Toronto hip hop while sitting in a much more modest chair in a Ryerson community radio station. Mark Campbell is sitting in a bright pink chair in the Allan Slaight Radio Institute at Ryerson, recounting his younger days as a member of an east-end hip-hop sound crew and later, a DJ on a community radio station. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Campbell, 38, began documenting Toronto’s vibrant hip-hop scene in 2009 after discovering during research for a book that little had been written about it. Advertisement He has organized live events so that artists and industry insiders can tell their stories and share memorabilia. The historical material is being compiled online in the Northside Hip Hop Archive, a website that hosts a collection of audio, images and accounts — beginning in the late ’80s — that is funded by a number of partners including Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. “Ryerson had no idea that one of the first hip-hop shows in Canada came out of Jorgenson Hall in the basement. That was Ron Nelson’s show,” says Campbell, an adjunct professor at the RTA School of Media. “That should be part of Canada’s pride across the world.” Advertisement Campbell is also the lead developer of a new think tank in the faculty of communication and design at Ryerson, where he will develop strategies and partnerships to promote Canadian culture. Facebook Login/Register With:
Ohio State senior forward Marc Loving defends Nebraska guard Glynn Watson Jr during a game on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the era of Ohio State men’s basketball under coach Thad Matta, the last game of the regular season has almost always had significance. From Matt Sylvester’s game-winning 3 against No. 1 Illinois in Matta’s first season, to clinching Big Ten championships, Matta has done his job in sending seniors out in the correct fashion.On Sunday, when the Buckeyes (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) battle the Indiana Hoosiers (16-14, 6-11 Big Ten), senior forward Marc Loving will be honored as the lone senior in the 2017 class.“(Senior Days are) a little bit emotional, but you’re happy for the individual and I think in Marc’s case, I’m very excited,” Matta said. “Just from the growth that he’s made — he’s had some ups and down throughout his career, but I see it every day.”Loving came to OSU as one of the most revered players to ever come from the competitive Toledo, Ohio, area. He was ranked as the 61st best player in the class of 2013, but many feel he never reached his full potential. Loving was asked to become a leader as a junior because of the lack of seniority on the team. His shooting percentage has gone down significantly since his sophomore season, yet remains one of OSU’s best scoring options at 12.5 points per game.Loving said he’s not one to be emotional, but can look back on his career and know how far he has grown in the program.“Coming into Ohio State, I really didn’t have any expectations,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t know how much playing time I was going to get. I wasn’t promised anything. You have to earn your spot.”Normally when OSU hosts the Hoosiers at the end of the season, the hype is palpable. Not too long ago, Indiana and the Buckeyes swung at each other for the conference crown, but injuries and other factors have led OSU and Indiana to the bottom of the Big Ten in 2016-17.However, that’s not to say the game isn’t significant. If OSU defeats the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes guarantee themselves a bye on Wednesday — the first day of the Big Ten tournament — and will be the 10 seed in the tournament.IndianaCoach Tom Crean’s squad is ranked No. 49 in Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistical ratings, where OSU checks in at No. 66. The Hoosiers average 115.6 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 31st in the country.For any team in college basketball, especially those in major conferences like the Big Ten, it’s difficult to play without leading scorers. OSU has played without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop since the first conference game on Jan. 1. But when a team loses two of those players, it’s near impossible to overcome.Crean has desperately tried to keep his team afloat with senior forward Collin Hartman and sophomore guard OG Anunoby — a former candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year — sidelined for the season with injuries, but Indiana has been sliding as of late.Losers of six of their last seven games, the Hoosiers are also fighting to avoid the first day of the Big Ten tournament next week in Washington D.C. To do that, their top three scorers will need to do damage to the Buckeye defense in the halfcourt. Junior guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson average 16.8 and 12.8 points per game, with sophomore center Thomas Bryant adding another 12.8.Johnson and Bryant were two players who were in foul trouble in the Hoosiers’ last game against Purdue, which ultimately crowned the Boilermakers as regular-season champs. OSU isn’t a great rebounding team, so staying out of foul trouble and owning the boards could be a vital piece to the puzzle for an Indiana victory.Another key for Indiana is if Johnson can end his shooting slump. Since Indiana started its skid on Feb. 5 at Wisconsin, Johnson is shooting 20 for 67 (29.9 percent) from the field. But like the Hoosiers have as a team — sporting victories over No. 1 Kansas and No. 5 North Carolina — Johnson has shown ability to catch fire quickly.“They’re a tough matchup in terms of what they do and what they’re capable of doing,” Matta said. “Our defense has got to be at an all-time high tomorrow or we’re in trouble.”Indiana’s defense is one of the worst in the Big Ten, allowing over 77 points per game in conference play. OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle is leading the conference in 3-point shooting at 51 percent in league games. Lyle is also coming off two of his best games of the season, scoring 17 points each in wins over Wisconsin and Penn State.Matta said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Lyle and fellow sophomore point guard C.J. Jackson play 30 minutes apiece.Prediction: Ohio State – 74, Indiana – 69
Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel is hoping club teammate Harry Maguire ends speculation surrounding his future and commit to the club.Jamie Vardy, Wilfred Ndidi and now Schmeichel have committed their futures to Leicester City, and the Denmark international hopes defender HarryMaguire will be the next to sign up for the project. The defender was a subject of summer interest from Manchester United after an impressive outing at this summer’s World Cup with England and the Foxes are keen to tie him down at the club by offering him a new contract.Schmeichel, who signed a new five-year deal on Friday, said everyone would love to see Maguire agree a new contract, but no one would put any pressure on him.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I hope Harry signs but I don’t want to put pressure on anyone,” said Schmeichel, according to LeicesterMercury.“It is up to him, his family and his situation. I am not going to start saying anything about his situation because I don’t know enough about it.”“If he feels it is something he wants to do then we would be delighted, but it is up to him.”City certainly showed signs of their youthful promise during the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.
Arsenal loan star Reiss Nelson has stated that he aims to become a club legend as he dropped a hint of a possible return in JanuaryThe 18-year-old forward has already bagged six goals in seven appearances on loan at Hoffenheim this season.Following Danny Welbeck’s horrific injury last week, Nelson has been tipped to make an early return to the Emirates Stadium.Now the teenage star himself hinted that it could happen while discussing his plans to become an Arsenal legend.“Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson told BBC.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.“I just want to go back there stronger because at the time I was at Arsenal I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.“I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me strong and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very good there.“I want to be an Arsenal legend. And, for England, it’s the best. You can’t beat playing for your country I don’t think.”Nelson made 15 appearances for Arsenal last season and signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners in the summer.
00:00 /50:44 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X On Thursday’s Houston Matters: HISD could disband its special education committee this week. It’s one of many decisions the school board will consider as it reviews the group’s latest recommendations on how to improve special education in the district. News 88.7’s Laura Isensee explains what’s at stake ahead of tonight’s school board meeting.Also this hour: We continue our series of candidate interviews with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s running for re-election.Then DeRay Mckesson talks about what led him to join protestors in Ferguson, Mo. and eventually quit his job in education to take up activism full time. He’s the host of the podcast Pod Save the People and has a new book called The Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope. He has an event in Houston Sept. 14.And a new book called Collision looks back at Houston’s contemporary art scene in the 70s and 80s.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share