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Reigning XTERRA World Champion Conrad Stoltz dominated the Momentum 94.7 MTB Challenge this past Saturday beating South Africa’s top XC mountain biker Burry Stander into second by two minutes.
The 50km route took Conrad just 1h42min but it was not all plain sailing. Conrad explains: “Burry Stander was just behind me and ready to rumble when my tire started spewing sealant. The true team mate, and gent, Burry threw me his tire plug and CO2, and I was lucky to not loose too much time. I set off at TT pace and was surprised to be back in 2nd after a few kms. Catching Burry took ages and lots of hard work. And once on his wheel I needed some time to lick my wounds and try calm crampy quads.”
Bicycle choice proved to be a big part in Conrads victory. Burry rode his super light XC race set up: An ultra light 8.2kg Specialized Hard Tail 29er. Conrad rode his Specialized Epic 29er. Conrad explains how he got away from Burry: ” With about 20 min to go we crested a long drag over super bumpy grassy surface. I looked at his bike set up again and knew the upcoming down hill was my only real chance. I cant climb with Burry, I certainly cant sprint with Burry and I suspect I cant ride technical single track with Burry, so I knew I had to try take him on the high speed bumpy stuff- where my superior power, (disguised as 80kg + body weight) full suspension and 2×10 XX gearing should give me the edge”
Conrad managed to capatalise on the gap he created on the bumpy downhill and put 2 minute into Burry by the finishline.
This is a huge win for Conrad against a very strong filed. He said: ” This was a sweet win, and hopefully this proves that XTERRA athletes can ride too, and I didnt get those rainbow stripes from a Lucky Packet…”