Dan Hugo South Africa

Dan Hugo, Flora Duffy win XTERRA South Africa

February 23, 2014 (Grabouw, Western Cape – South Africa) – The atmosphere was tense at the start of the 2014 Totalsports XTERRA South Africa Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT on Sunday.  Top XTERRA Warriors Dan Hugo (South Africa) and Flora Duffy (Bermuda) had the crowed on their feet as they crossed the finish line first in the men’s and women’s races, respectively, claiming the coveted title of Totalsports XTERRA South African Champion for 2014.

According to Hugo this is his 4th, but most meaningful XTERRA SA Championship title.  “I wanted this win for a few reasons.  The event doesn’t only keep growing in participants, but it keeps growing in stature too.  This year Stillwater Sport & Entertainment has upped the prize purse.  It’s a global event and I assure you there are a number of international guys following the event via social media to see what’s happening.  Conrad Stoltz has set the bar for many years and I really wanted to beat him on his course.  My plan was to go out aggressively on the swim.  On the mountain bike I passed Rory Downie of Scotland shortly after he got King Of The Mountain, from there I never saw anybody again.  Coming off the bike I was knackered, but my running has gotten better and I believed I could do it.  I wanted the win, I needed the win,” said am emotional Hugo, who  completed the 1.5km swim, 27km mountain bike and 11km trail run in an impressive time of 2:29:25.

The second and third spots on the podium were snatched up by fellow South Africans Stuart Marais and Conrad Stoltz.

“Classy racing @dghugo and @stuartmarais. I had a shocker – if u start cramping in the swim you know its going 2b a long day. @xterrasa #bback” posted five-time XTERRA SA winner Conrad Stoltz to his twitter account.

In the women’s race Duffy claimed victory in a deserving time of 2:57:07.  Carina Wasle (Austria) came in second, while Carla Van Huyssteen (South Africa) finished third.

“Pro wins are hard to come by,” said a delighted Duffy, the Bermuda Olympian who was third at the XTERRA World Championship last year.  “I was just lucky to put a good race together today.  Although I was the first lady out the water, I was a little further behind as I usually mange to keep on Dan’s feet.  The course is tough.  I struggled a bit, flatting in the beginning of the mountain bike discipline, but I managed to hold it together.  I’ve been working really hard on my run and was confident that I could pull it together.  When I got on the little beach section I gave a sigh of relief.  This is a fantastic event, so professional, hands down the best”.

Of note, the two-time and defending women’s amateur XTERRA World Champion Hannah Rae Finchamp from California took the ladies amateur title and placed 5th overall.  Matthew Daneel won the amateur men’s race.

The 2014 Totalsports XTERRA South African Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT attracted the interests of a number of international XTERRA Warriors including:  Bart Aernouts (Belgium), Simone Calamai (Italy), Rory Downie (Scotland), Daz Parker (England), Jan Kubicek (Czech) and Llewellyn Holmes (England).

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TOP 12 WOMEN
Pl Time Surname Name Category Swim Bike Run
1 2:57:07 Duffy Flora PRO F 0:20:51 1:38:55 0:54:29
2 3:05:49 Wasle Carina PRO F 0:25:07 1:41:53 0:56:23
3 3:06:03 van Huysteen Carla PRO F 0:23:52 1:42:56 0:56:52
4 3:09:08 Sloane Susan PRO F 0:26:19 1:39:18 1:01:00
5 3:12:34 Finchamp Hannah Rae 20-24Yrs F 0:24:13 1:43:37 1:01:46
6 3:17:08 Griffioen Nicolette 20-24Yrs F 0:26:52 1:48:20 0:58:55
7 3:21:41 Moolman Adrienne 35-39Yrs F 0:26:35 1:48:38 1:03:29
8 3:21:50 Weber Genevieve 35-39Yrs F 0:29:46 1:44:02 1:04:00
9 3:23:13 Parker Daz PRO F 0:28:41 1:48:13 1:03:13
10 3:25:04 Gehnböck Sylvia PRO F 0:26:15 1:52:53 1:01:35
11 3:25:36 van Heerden Natia 20-24Yrs F 0:28:14 1:53:08 1:01:15
12 3:32:24 Wilson Katharine 25-29Yrs F 0:30:32 1:54:40 1:03:52
TOP 15 MEN
Pl Time Surname Name Category Swim Bike Run
1 2:29:25 Hugo Dan PRO M 0:20:43 1:18:17 0:47:55
2 2:31:04 Marias Stuart PRO M 0:22:30 1:19:32 0:46:14
3 2:33:05 Stoltz Conrad PRO M 0:21:11 1:19:39 0:49:53
4 2:38:34 Weiss Bradley PRO M 0:21:14 1:22:42 0:52:13
5 2:43:08 Aernouts Bart PRO M 0:22:52 1:28:53 0:48:43
6 2:44:00 Blignaut Theo PRO M 0:20:46 1:28:31 0:52:17
7 2:44:40 Kubicek Jan PRO M 0:23:53 1:28:22 0:49:47
8 2:48:20 Holmes Llewellyn PRO M 0:24:30 1:26:12 0:54:30
9 2:49:42 Van Heerden Antoine PRO M 0:25:30 1:30:21 0:51:24
10 2:50:04 Guidelli Fabio PRO M 0:21:10 1:33:21 0:52:50
11 2:50:07 Daneel Matthew 25-29Yrs M 0:24:44 1:29:55 0:52:52
12 2:53:05 de Jongh Raoul 35-39Yrs M 0:22:12 1:31:43 0:56:06
13 2:53:20 Purtell Darryn 20-24Yrs M 0:22:50 1:33:15 0:54:27
14 2:55:01 Carleton Daniel PRO M 0:24:49 1:31:10 0:56:39
15 2:56:22 Downie Rory PRO M 0:20:46 1:36:05 0:57:03

 

XTERRA SOUTH AFRICA ALL-TIME PRO WINNERS



Year Men Women
2004 Conrad Stoltz Megan Hall
2005 Conrad Stoltz Mari Rabie
2006 Conrad Stoltz Michelle Lombardi
2007 Conrad Stoltz Michelle Lombardi
2008 Dan Hugo Eszter Erdelyi
2009 Lieuwe Boonstra/Felix Schumann Carina Wasle
2010 Dan Hugo Mari Rabie
2011 Dan Hugo Carina Wasle
2012 Conrad Stoltz Carla Van Huyssteen
2013 Richard Murray Carla Van Huyssteen
2014 Dan Hugo Flora Duffy

For further information on the Totalsports XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT contact Stillwater Sport & Entertainment on 086 138 3591, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.  Report courtesy NEWSPORT MEDIA, on behalf of STILLWATER SPORT & ENTERTAINMENT.  For further information, please contact Jacky McClean on 083 291 9283 or e-mail Jacky@newsportmedia.tv.

2014 XTERRA WORLD TOUR 

XTERRA South Africa was the first of 35 XTERRA World Tour events that qualify top amateur athletes to race at the 19th annual XTERRA World Championship to be held in Kapalua, Maui on October 26, 2014. Here’s a look at the others…

Date Race Location
23-Feb XTERRA South Africa Grabouw, Western Cape
8-Mar XTERRA Motatapu South Island, New Zealand
15-Mar XTERRA Philippines Championship Cebu
29-Mar XTERRA Guam Championship Piti
30-Mar XTERRA Great Ocean Road Angelsea, Victoria, Australia
30-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Playa Reserve Conchal
5-Apr XTERRA Saipan Championship Northern Marianas
12-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Championship Rotorua
13-Apr XTERRA West Championship Lake Las Vegas, Nevada
26-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia
3-May XTERRA Malaysia Putrajaya
17-May XTERRA Southeast Championship Pelham, Alabama
25-May XTERRA Spain Championship Cieza, Murcia
1-Jun XTERRA Portugal Golega
8-Jun XTERRA Brazil Championship Ilhabela, Sao Paulo
15-Jun XTERRA East Championship Richmond, Virginia
21-Jun XTERRA Greece Lake Plastira
28-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship Vallee de Joux
29-Jun XTERRA Norway Horten
5-Jul XTERRA Ontario – Canadian Cross Tri Championship Milton, Ontario, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA France Championship Xonrupt, Gerardmer
6-Jul XTERRA Victoria British Columbia, Canada
6-Jul XTERRA Freedom Fest Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii
13-Jul XTERRA Sweden Hellasgaarten
19-Jul XTERRA Mountain Championship Beaver Creek Resort, Avon, Colorado
20-Jul XTERRA Ireland Killaloe, County Clare
26-Jul XTERRA Italy Championship Abruzzo, Scanno
2-Aug XTERRA Mexico Championship Tapalpa, Jalisco
9-Aug XTERRA Czech Championship Prachatice
16-Aug XTERRA Germany Championship Zittau
17-Aug XTERRA Canmore Alberta, Canada
31-Aug XTERRA Denmark Tisvilde
31-Aug XTERRA Quebec Lac Delage, Quebec, Canada
7-Sep XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thundery Bay, Ontario, Canada
20-Sep XTERRA USA Championship Ogden/Snowbasin, UT
26-Oct XTERRA World Championship Maui, Hawaii

About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA

TEAM Unlimited is a Hawaii-based television events and marketing company, founded in 1988.  It owns and produces XTERRA and in 2014 will offer more than 300 XTERRA off-road triathlon and trail running races in 25+ countries worldwide. In addition, TEAM TV has produced more than 300 adventure television shows resulting in three Emmy’s and 42 Telly Awards for production excellence since 1990.  View samples at www.xterra.tv, and learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterratrailrun.com.