Sweep­ing the Dusi

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - ALWYN VILJOEN

EV­ERY pub­lic event re­quires po­lice of­fi­cers to help keep or­der, save cit­i­zens from them­selves and pre­vent crime.

At the Dusi Ca­noe Marathon, these of­fi­cers can only keep up with mov­ing event on scram­blers, rid­ing hard and sleep­ing rough for three days to act as sweep­ers and pre­vent any op­por­tunis­tic tsot­sis from get­ting ideas. They say its part of the job, and their back up team, who fixed tyres and strapped on dan­gling bits, are the real he­roes. We salute all these of­fi­cers from, Alexan­dra, Pine­town and Pi­eter­mar­itzburg for risk­ing life and limb to track the strug­gling pad­dlers along steep cat­tle tracks and in 44°C. For, as the few pro­fes­sional bik­ers who went along can tes­tify, rid­ing the Duzi is the other half of this tough marathon.

PHOTOS: SHAY KALIK

Plan­ning where to watch over the pad­dlers are (from left) Cap­tain Ray­mond Jali, Con­sta­ble Matt Janse van Rens­burg, War­rant Of­fi­cer Deon Ven­ter, Colonel Casper Coet­zee and War­rant Of­fi­cer Bernard Fey­ers.

PHOTOS: ALWYN VILJOEN

Con­sta­ble Shay Kalik has her bike prepped by Ron­ald Shoniwa at Fury Group in PMB, who ser­vices any Ja­panese bike, af­ter which Caitlin McKelvey (right) at iStyle Mo­tor­cy­cle Ac­ces­sories swopped levers, a seat, chains and sprock­ets on Kalik’s scram­bler.

MORE BIKE NEWS ON P7.

LEFT: Con­sta­ble Mohsin Ebrahim helps Cap­tain Ray­mond Jali to hop some rocks, and af­ter two days in the sad­dle, finds a bike is as good as a bed.

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