Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
8 Nov 2015
5:05 pm

Van Gelder wins Sun City triathlon

Wesley Botton

The 44-year-old Durbanite won the two-day race in 3:09:49.

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Veteran Donovan van Gelder coasted to victory on Sunday, wrapping up a comfortable win at the two-day Eleven Global Triathlon at Sun City.

The 44-year-old Durbanite won the pro-division title in 3:09:49, after securing victory in the sprint race on Saturday and again in the standard-distance event on Sunday.

His combined time was nearly four minutes clear of 46-year-old Glen Gore, with veterans dominating the challenging event, held in warm conditions at the Sun City holiday resort.

“The bike leg was relatively easy, despite the wind picking up and a little climb at the end. Other than that it was pretty quick,” Van Gelder said.

“I loved the swim because I don’t like using a wetsuit, but the run was very hard up to the Cascades (Hotel) and through the golf course, which got very hot.”

Though he received no fluids on the bike leg, due to someone pinching his personal bottle at the refreshment table, Van Gelder was pleased with the organisation of the event.

“Fortunately I hydrated beforehand, and the tables on the run were awesome, so I can’t complain.

“This is a spectacular venue, and I was able to bring my family, so it’s been a great weekend.”

Gore finished second in 3:13:28, and Tiaan Rossouw ended third in 3:21:00.

Defending champion Andrea Steyn bagged an easy win in the women’s race with a combined time of 3:22:50, more than half an hour clear of second-placed Samantha Summerscales.