Top local and international XTERRA Warriors are currently gearing up for the highlight of the XTERRA SA Season, the exciting DUESOUTH XTERRA SA Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT. Taking place at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club this coming weekend (Saturday, 26 February 2011), participants and spectators alike can look forward to a day filled with endless racing pleasure.
Men’s Race ~ South African XTERRA legend, Conrad Stoltz made history in October 2010 when he became the first XTERRA athlete to be crowned XTERRA World Champion for the fourth time. According to Stoltz, he is in good form and looking forward to taking part at the XTERRA SA Champs in Grabouw. “All-rounders will love the mountain bike course in Grabouw as it features a bit of everything from climbs, to flats, single track, rocks and sand. Personally I love the technical single track. The run route is tough and features an enjoyable river crossing followed by a huge mountain climb that always keeps me humble. XTERRA is such a great sport. I knew it would just be a matter of time before it got big. The sporting community is filled with such dynamic, fun people. It really is great to be part of the global XTERRA family,” says Stoltz.
When asked about advice for first time competitors, Stoltz had the following to say, ““Don’t let the seemingly short distances fool you. Take your time, pace well and be sure to practice your skills before the race”.
Top XTERRA Warriors chasing Stoltz on the day will include Dan Hugo, Lieuwe Boonstra, Kent Horner and Nico Pfitzenmaier (Germany).
Women’s Race ~ The women’s race is sure to be a crowd pleaser with XTERRA Buffelspoort Champion, Carla van Huyssteen facing formidable opponent, Carina Wasle (Austria). Wasle took gold at XTERRA Grabouw in 2009, but was unsuccessful in defending her title in 2010 as the intense heat experienced on the day proved to be too much for her.
“Last year I arrived in South Africa two days before the event. Coming from 15C° to 40C°, I didn’t have time to acclimatise.
As luck would have it Grabouw experienced a severe heat wave on the day,” laughs Wasle. “I wasn’t going to make the same mistake, so this year I allowed myself one week in SA to get use to the weather before racing. I’m also planning to take more fluids with me on the bike. XTERRA Grabouw is one of my favourite races. The course is tough, but I love it. The people are friendly and the landscape is beautiful. The event is just tops”.
DATE: Saturday, 26 February 2011
VENUE: Grabouw Country Club, Western Province
DISTANCES: DUESOUTH XTERRA Full – 1.5km swim, 25km mountain bike and 10km trail run
DUESOUTH XTERRA Lite – 400m swim, 12km mountain bike and 5km trail run
START: XTERRA Lite – 07h00
XTERRA Full – 07h45
After giving their all on the course, XTERRA Warriors can look forward to a well deserved rest in the REHIDRAT® SPORT Recovery Zone.
WHAT’S UP FOR GRABS ~ All participants stand the chance to win magnificent lucky draw prizes that include an awesome KTM mountain bike, two XTERRA Wetsuits and four pairs of New Balance running shoes.
The DUESOUTH XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT is an off-road triathlon that takes place at Buffelspoort Dam (North West Province) in January, Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape) in February and Pezula Private Estate (Knysna) in July each year. Competitors can either partake individually or in teams of three. New comers to the sport can opt for the less daunting DUESOUTH XTERRA Lite presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT, which is approximately half the distance of the XTERRA Full. The DUESOUTH XTERRA Grabouw presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT takes the form of the South African Championship, which in turn forms part of the XTERRA World Tour. Athletes competing at this event stand the chance to qualify for the world championship final in Hawaii later the year.