Just under 700 multi-sport athletes gathered at Gordon’s Bay Beach Front on Saturday, 11 January 2014 to partake in the action of the 12th annual Totalsports Challenge presented by Liberty Medical Scheme and REHIDRAT® SPORT. Hugo reclaimed the Totalsports Challenge Champion title completing the 7-disciplined event, which is a combined distance of 123.5km of racing, in an impressive time of 07hours06minutes53seconds.
“Finishing second to Stuart Marais in 2013 and crossing the finish line first today were two great experiences for different reasons,” said Hugo. “The 2013 event was an emotional struggle where I was forced to race till I had nothing left, scraping the barrel. Today I didn’t have to do that, which is great as I have another race in two weeks time. Totalsports has invested a lot in multi sport. As a Totalsports Ambassador I am stoked to bring it home for them today and am very happy to have their label on my chest,” says Hugo. Brett Van Coller came in second, while Simon Oosthuizen finished third.
Heleen Rossouw was the athlete to beat in the individual women’s category of the Totalsports Challenge presented by Liberty Medical Scheme and REHIDRAT® SPORT crossing the finish line first in a time of 08hours59minutes09seconds. Kim Rew came in second.
The title of Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge Individual Men’s Champion was hotly contested by reigning champion Bradley Weiss and former two time champion Nico Pfitzenmaier. According to Weiss the Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge is a great event to test your body. “Going into the event I was anxious to see where my fitness was at, but I was pleasantly surprised. I felt great and knew that I had a few gears to play with. With Conrad Stoltz not taking part this year the road bike was more tactical with riders taking a reactive approach rather than a proactive approach. I ran steady on the road run focussing on nutrition. I had a good lead going onto the mountain bike discipline. I saw Nico catching me, but the event is won by minutes and not seconds, so I took it easy as I knew I had the legs for the run. We entered the beach run together, with Nico dropping early in the stage. I just kept going and didn’t see him again. It was great winning the title in 2013 and I was determined to do it again this year. I am very happy to have done it in the same fashion,” says Weiss who completed the 4-disciplined event in a deserving time of 03hours49minutes18seconds. Nico Pfitzenmaier came in second, while Matthew Daneel finished third.
The title of Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge Individual Women’s Champion was claimed by top Bermudan triathlete, Flora Duffy in a time of 04hours24minutes32seconds. “Coming into the event I didn’t know what to expect,” says a very happy Duffy. “I was a little worried at the beginning, but soon started to feel fine even though I had a mechanical on the road bike. I ran great on the road, handled my mountain bike well and survived the beach run. The event is fantastic, really well organised. The entire course is gorgeous, picturesque and fun, a unique combination”. Kathrin Walther came in second, while Marilyn Fischer finished third.
Starting in Gordon’s Bay on Saturday, 11 January 2014 participants could choose between the 7-disclipline Totalsports Challenge or the 4-discipline Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge.
VENUE: Start – Gordon’s Bay (Beach Front)
FORMAT: Athletes could enter individually or in two, three or seven member teams
EVENT: Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge – 50km road bike (from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond), 13km road run, 25km mountain bike and 9km beach run.
FORMAT: Athletes could enter individually or in two or four member teams