Pietermaritzburg - Trevor Rowe will be looking to continue a remarkable 100% record of top-five finishes when he takes part in the fifth dusi2c mountain bike stage race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on June 10-11.
Although Rowe, who will be riding for the fourth time with Warren Price, has two runner-up finishes, as well as a third and a fourth in previous dusi2c races, he feels that his and Price’s race is for second. Rowe strongly believes that four-time race winner Andrew Hill and partner Julian Jessop are overwhelming favourites and the veteran does not rate his chances of getting ahead of the professional rider.
“Andrew (Hill) is on a different level – I don’t think we have much chance of beating him,” said the veteran this week.
“But it would be nice to get on the podium again and we will hopefully be looking for another win in the veterans’ category, but I don’t think we will be able to get the better of Andrew.”
Rowe knows all about chasing Hill through the Msundusi and Mgeni Valley trails in the two-day race. In the inaugural event in 2013, Rowe and Mark Malherbe were second to Hill and Tyron Bird; the next year, his first with Price, Rowe was third while Hill won with Adriaan Louw; and then in 2015 Rowe and Price were fourth as Hill and Chris Wolhuter were leading the field home.
Last year Rowe and Price managed to reach the finish at Durban’s Blue Lagoon with Hill and Tyrone White, but the three-minute difference from Stage 1 was enough to comfortably give Hill his fourth victory.
Rowe is obviously a strong disciple of the two-day race which is based on the route of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon and the third leg of ‘Farmer’ Glen Haw’s “2c” trilogy of mountain bike races that also include the sani2c and joBerg2c.
“I love the fast pace and the fact the stages are quite short. If all goes well it is all over in about two and a half hours – you can give it all and not have to suffer for too long,” said Rowe.
“And of course I just love the beauty of the valleys. I think that the Valley of 1 000 Hills should be one of the seven wonders of the world. I like the raw nature of the trails, the sheer beauty of surroundings while you are riding and of course the people in the valley are so friendly and wonderful.
“I think the only way we will be able to beat Andrew is if they puncture or have some other mechanicals.
“I cannot compete with him: mountain biking is what he does for a living and that is how he earns his money. I have a lot of other commitments – home commitments, job commitments and kid commitments.
“Warren and I had a good sani2c recently when we finished third veterans overall and managed to win the last day in our category. Warren is strong as always at the moment and I will just have to hang on to him for the two days.”
The dusi2c starts at the Natal Canoe Club on the banks of the Msundusi River in Pietermaritzburg on June 10, the same place the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon starts every year. The second stage takes riders from the overnight stop at Mfula Store, deep in the Valley of 1 000 Hills, to Durban’s Blue Lagoon on June 11.
More information can be found at www.dusi2c.co.za