Vicky van der Merwe
‘Er, we’re going to need more CV space ;)’
@vickyvandermerwe comes to Torpedo in November as a first-timer, but firmly carrying the race favorite tag with teammate @alexandra_quenet. Fast on both land and water and with experience in cold waters, they look set to tear through the Atlantic coastline.
As with all our teams from Stellenbosch, they’re super fast! But an ocean on its head with big waves and strong current could be their undoing with the lifesaving teams using this to get ahead.
What is Torpedo SwimRun and who are the #pioneers –
Originating in Sweden, this new sport ditches triathlon’s flashy gear for off-road and open-water adventure. Raced along coastal and inland waterways, the route is designed around the natural environment with distances varying from race to race. With multiple swim and run segments and athletes racing self-sufficiently – they swim and run in the same gear – it’s the wildest sport going.
Growing rapidly in popularity, there are now 450 races around the globe. Torpedo launched the first SwimRun in Cape Town in 2017, with a national Series rolling out from 2018.
The #pioneers are top athletes from other sporting disciplines that are leading the charge in this new sport