Murray, Duffy win XTERRA South Africa

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Olympians Richard Murray and Flora Duffy captured the 14th annual Fedhealth XTERRA South Africa Championship on a magnificent Saturday morning at the Grabouw Country Club, which sits on the edge of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve in the Elgin Valley about an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

It’s the second XTERRA SA title for Murray, who won his first in 2013, and the fourth straight for Duffy, who has won 11 consecutive XTERRA majors and 15-of-18 since her off-road debut in 2013.

In the men’s race Murray, who placed 4th at the Rio Olympics last summer, needed every bit of his world-class endurance and speed to hold off the reigning SA Champ Bradley Weiss.  He completed the 1.5km swim, 26km mountain bike, and 12.5km trail run in a lightning fast time of 2:22:46, just 19-seconds ahead of Weiss.

“Bradley seriously gave me a proper run for my money,” said Murray, who took the lead out of the water but quickly had company on the bike.  “He caught me in the first 6km, and four years ago here it took Conrad 12km to catch me, so I was very worried.  From there it was literally a cat-and-mouse game the whole event.”

Weiss, who won all three races in the FedHealth XTERRA South Africa series last year and the first one he entered this season at Nelson Mandela Bay two weeks ago, was 20-seconds back of Murray out of the swim and in a good spot on the bike before bad luck slowed him down.

“I caught Richard at the top of the first climb, but then both my tires suffered a slow puncture,” said Weiss.  “I only had one bomb, but managed to sort out both tires.  I caught Richard again just before the rock garden and going into the run I had about a one-minute lead, but knew that with Richard I needed at least two minutes.”

Murray added, “Bradley punctured at about the 10km mark, but caught me again at about the 18km mark.  Going into the run I thought I’d catch him sooner than I did.  He is really quick on the up-hills.  I’d catch him, only to have him pull away on the hills.  I caught him again on the last climb and pushed really hard on the downhill to get away.  I must give massive credit to Bradley.  He has come a long way and would more than likely have beaten me today had he not punctured on the mountain bike.”

It was indeed an impressive day for Weiss, who fractured his scaphoid bone during a training ride in December and just recently returned to full training.

Stuart Marais, the 2015 SA Champ, finished third to make it a podium sweep for South African men.  XTERRA Belgium great Kris Coddens finished fourth, followed by Theo Blignaut, James Cunnama, and Francois Carloni from France.

“XTERRA is an amazing event.  It’s well organized and the athletes are treated really well,” said Murray, who has made no secret of his ambition to win the XTERRA World Championship in Maui this October.


Place Name, Nationality Time
1 Richard Murray, RSA 2:22:46
2 Bradley Weiss, RSA 2:23:05
3 Stuart Marais, RSA 2:24:42
4 Kris Coddens, BEL 2:31:36
5 Theo Blignaut, RSA 2:31:59
6 James Cunnama, RSA 2:34:32
7 Francois Carloni, FRA 2:35:27
8 Michael Lord, RSA 2:35:30
9 Dominik Wychera, AUT 2:38:17
10 Antoin Van Heerden, RSA 2:38:19

In the women’s race Duffy did what she does best … dominate.  Her winning time of 2:39:00 was more than six-minutes faster than runner-up and SA Olympian Mari Rabie.

“Being the first race of the season, you don’t really know where you’re at,” says Duffy.  “I was a little nervous, but everything went well and I had a lot of fun.   I had a good swim, sticking to Mari’s feet.  On the bike I worked hard on the climb, and went smoothly on the technical sections.  I’m currently nursing a hip injury, so on the run I decided to practise more control.  XTERRA Grabouw is always special.  It’s where I started.  I’m very happy with my fourth victory.”

Rabie, a two-time SA Champ (she won her first XTERRA title back in 2005), may be “retired” but is still one of the fastest female triathletes alive.

“I’m absolutely delighted to come second today,” says Rabie.  “I enjoy XTERRA because it’s tough and rocky.   I was actually in competition with my boyfriend.  We’ve both just retired from racing, and this was his first triathlon.  He actually beat me, so I guess he takes the XTERRA crown.”

Making her XTERRA debut on the day, Rachel Klamer from the Netherlands rounded off the podium in the women’s race.


Place Name, Nationality Time
1 Flora Duffy, BER 2:39:00
2 Mari Rabie, RSA 2:45:31
3 Rachel Klamer, NED 2:54:11
4 Vicky Van Der Merwe, RSA 3:02:08
5 Nicolette Griffioen, RSA 3:04:34
6 Johandri Leicester, RSA 3:06:16
7 Sylvia Van Tromp, RSA 3:08:23
8 Kate Munnik, RSA 3:15:19
9 Megan Skowno, RSA 3:15:30
10 Colleen De Oliveria, RSA 3:17:25

We were once again overwhelmed by the number of XTERRA Warriors that lined up on the start line today,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “Even more impressive was the number of first time contenders.  Grabouw offers the perfect setting for a world class event.  We are thankful to all entrants for their support and look forward to continue growing the sport of XTERRA in South Africa.”

XTERRA President Janet Clark added that the “vibe here is so cool. As you drive in you are greeted with signs that say ‘Welcome to XTERRA Country.’  African drummers and the national anthem start the day – a mass start with one lap of 1,500 meters.  There are warriors everywhere, families hanging out, a FedHealth Kids zone with art supplies, bouncing castle and movies, a ProNutro breakfast zone serving free breakfast, a huge Bos Sport recovery area, Dan Hugo’s ButtaNutt spread served in recovery, a big beer tent, VIP areas, lots of vendors, and Total Sports, the official retailer, was personalizing race shirts with athletes’ name for 100 rand.  Over 130 relay teams and 700 individuals on the day, and thousands more over the three days.  It’s simply WORLD CLASS.”

Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Full event is the one to do if you’re a serious off-road triathlete, or keen to clinch one of the various age group qualification slots for the XTERRA World Championships taking place in Hawaii in October. Grabouw offers unforgiving, yet breath-taking terrain, and the chance to bring your family to either participate or spur you on across the finish line. It’s no wonder it’s the biggest XTERRA event in the world.”

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All-time XTERRA South Africa Elite Champions

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

2015 – Stuart Marais/Flora Duffy

2016 – Bradley Weiss/Flora Duffy

2017 – Richard Murray/Flora Duffy


2017 XTERRA World Championship Amateur Qualifiers

XTERRA South Africa was the first of 41 events where amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 22nd annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on October 29.  Here’s a look at who punched their ticket to paradise today:

Female 19-24: Michelle KREBS, Paige BOTTEN; 25-29: Framke Boonzaaier, Zane COETZEE; 30-34: Johandri LEICESTER, Kate MUNNIK; 35-39: Sylvia VAN TROMP, Carol REEVES; 40-44: Aileen ANDERSON, Tessa KEERS; 45-49: Janet KEET, Birgit BOLLING; 50-54: Pauline LEITH, Lizl HOBSON; 55-59: Jacqui JACKSON.  Male 19-24: Adriaan MYBURGH, Michael ROSS; 25-29: Janos DYLAN, Sebastian PAHL; 30-34: Matthew DANEEL, Gareth HARRINGTON, Jason REED; 35-39: Vernon VISSER, Marc PRICE, Trevor BAPTISTE; 40-44: Ralf FLETCHER, Shaun LUNT, Andrew ROWLES; 45-49: Phillipe VAN DER LEEUW, Gerrie BEUKES, Chris DE VILLIERS; 50-54: Douglas BURGER, Sean McCARTHY, Adam WHITTINGTON; 55-59: Frank SMUTS, Kevin DEWAR; 60-64: Dimmie DE MILANDER, Nic CLAASSEN; 65-69: Tim BRISCOE, Abel VAN DER MERWE.

2017 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series Schedule

Date Race Elite Winners or Location
Feb 25 XTERRA South Africa Richard Murray / Flora Duffy
Mar 4 XTERRA Motatapu South Island, New Zealand
Mar 18 XTERRA Saipan + Silver Northern Mariana Islands
Mar 25 XTERRA Argentina # Silver Dique Ullum, San Juan
Apr 1 XTERRA Thailand + Silver Phuket
Apr 1 XTERRA Chile # Silver San Bernardo, Santiago
Apr 2 XTERRA Malta * Silver Majjistral Nature Reserve
Apr 8 XTERRA New Zealand + Silver Rotorua, North Island
Apr 9 XTERRA Costa Rica # Silver Playa Reserva Conchal
Apr 16 XTERRA La Reunion La Reunion Island
Apr 23 XTERRA Cyprus * Silver Lara Beach/Akamas, Paphos
Apr 23 XTERRA Cebu + GOLD Danao, Cebu, Philippines
Apr 29 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship / Malaysia + GOLD Langkawi, Malaysia
Apr 30 XTERRA Greece * Silver Vouliagmeni
May 6 XTERRA Tahiti + Silver Moorea
May 14 XTERRA Spain * Silver Taragonna
May 14 XTERRA Brazil # Silver Ilha Bella, Sao Paolo
May 20 XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD Pelham, AL, USA
May 27 XTERRA Portugal * Silver Golega
Jun 10 XTERRA Belgium * Silver Namur
Jun 17 XTERRA Mine over Matter ^ Milton, Ontario, Canada
Jun 18 XTERRA Finland * Silver Imatra
Jun 24 XTERRA Switzerland * GOLD Vallee de Joux
Jul 2 XTERRA France * GOLD Xonrupt
Jul 9 XTERRA Victoria # Silver Victoria, B.C., Canada
Jul 15 XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD Beaver Creek, CO, USA
Jul 30 XTERRA Abruzzo * Silver Scanno, Abruzzo, Italy
Aug 5 XTERRA Mexico # GOLD Tapalpa
Aug 5 XTERRA Norway * Silver Norefjell
Aug 6 XTERRA Canmore ^ Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Aug 12 XTERRA Quebec ^ Quebec City, Canada
Aug 12 XTERRA Parry Sound ^ Ontario, Canada
Aug 13 XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver Barahona
Aug 13 XTERRA Poland * Silver Krakow
Aug 19 XTERRA Germany * GOLD Zittau
Aug 26 XTERRA Sweden * Silver Hammarbybacken, Stockholm
Aug 26 XTERRA Sleeping Giant ^ Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Sep 2 XTERRA Japan + Silver Hokkaido
Sep 3 XTERRA European Championship / Denmark * GOLD Mons Klint
Sep 16 XTERRA Pan American Championship / USA # D-GOLD Ogden, Utah, USA
Oct 29 XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

* XTERRA European Tour / # XTERRA Pan American Tour / + Asia-Pacific Tour

Silver = Min. $7,500 pro purse & 75-point scale // GOLD = Min $15,000 pro purse & 100-point scale


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Meet Margo Pitts

It’s not just inspirational gibberish when Coach Pitts, the leader of the Duke University Triathlon Club, tells her kids the most important thing about being knocked down, is getting back up again.

“My most memorable moment from last year’s Pan Am Championship race was a running downhill face plant at around mile two,” said Pitts. “And the men behind me starting jumping over me to pass!”

Unfazed, Pitts got back up and finished the race with the fastest run split in her division to take home the 50-54 age group Pan Am and USA Championship crowns.

“My favorite quote is from the Count of Monte Cristo, when he says ‘Life is a storm. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout, Do your worst, for I will do mine.”

And, indeed she has. Pitts started riding mountain bikes seven years ago, did her first XTERRA in 2010, and has been shouting into the storm ever since.

The reigning and two-time XTERRA Southeast Regional Champion out of Raleigh, North Carolina, is the owner and founder of B3 Triathlon coaching, says she loves sustained climbing, and not surprisingly, lists Mr. XTERRA Marcus Barton as her favorite XTERRA racer.

“Marcus is so passionate about XTERRA and he shares his love with others,” she said. “He makes me want to be a better person and a stronger athlete.”

Marcus says the same thing about Margo.

“I’ve had the opportunity to race and train with her and can tell you she’s a blast to be around and always has an upbeat, fun-loving aura,” said Barton. “She’s a pretty dedicated coach as well. On one occasion, we rode our mountain bikes all over the Ironman Raleigh course cheering on our friends and her athletes. We put in a ton of miles that day just scooting from point to point across the course. We’ve gone to races, pre-ridden race courses, hill repeats in the mountains of North Carolina, you name it. She’s even a part of our Rabid Muffin Monkeys mountain bike team. No matter where we are or what we are doing, she’s always a blast and makes friends everywhere she goes with her outgoing personality. But… don’t let that smile fool ya, she’s a fierce competitor. She trains very hard and races even harder.”

Marcus added that Margo also has an addiction to mountain bikes and “looooooooves country music!”

This year Pitts has pegged a pair of summertime races, XTERRA Beaver Creek and XTERRA Aspen, as two races she’s really looking forward to, adding that “Aspen is an EPIC race, be sure to sign up if you haven’t experienced it.”

Unless, of course, you’re in the women’s 50-54 division and have plans on winning it!

As for some free motivational advice, Pitts shared how she chants mantras to herself during races.

“They are different for every race and always written on my forearm race morning. It’s what motivates and drives me to finish strong.”

When asked how she would describe XTERRA racing, Pitts replied … “XTERRA is Badass”

Takes one to know one.

A Professor and A Caveman

Nicolas “The Professor” Lebrun, the 2005 XTERRA World Champion who now serves as the director of the XTERRA European Tour, recently took on his former nemesis, 4x XTERRA World Champion Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz, in a battle for the ages.

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After the race, Nico caught up with Conrad to “talk story” and shares his chat with the champ here…

Nico:  We started XTERRA at the same time, in the same race at the XTERRA East Championship in Richmond, Virginia.  You got second and I got third, and for both of us it was the start of something big.  Did you realize that right away, this summer day in June 2001?

Conrad: I had no idea XTERRA would become a new life for me. At the time, I was trying to get my motivation back after the four-year build up to the 2000 Olympics. In Richmond, and all the other XTERRA’s that year, I was just living in the moment and enjoying the cool “new” sport I stumbled upon.

Nico: Do you remember our first year, we shared the house in Lake Tahoe with Anke Erlank and Yu Yumoto?  You were eating only potatoes and garlic, do you remember, why?

Conrad: During those years, I tried to eat eight medium sized potatoes a day because it worked! I was following a diet which was revolutionary at the time, but now we all know it as something like the Caveman diet …  worked fantastically well!

Nico: I think the first years you tried to spend as little money as possible, sleeping on floors and with home stays, so you could bring more money back to your parent’s farm. Is that truth or legend?

Conrad: Truth for sure. It took me 10 years of being a poor professional triathlete before I won a world title and was able to get good sponsorship.  So, sleeping on train stations and airport floors, traveling everywhere with half a kilo of mashed potatoes and a few cans of sardines was a normal part of life, and suddenly having money in the bank didn’t change my lifestyle much. Its not until I got married to Liezel that I started traveling somewhat like a “normal” person.

Nico: You won so many races, did Olympics twice, world champ ITU, XTERRA… is there a race or a performance that you wanted but never got?

Conrad: When I won my first XTERRA World title, I put my heart on winning five XTERRA World titles. At first it seemed quite achievable, but despite trying my best for 14 years, I came up short with “only” four. The original Worlds course in Hawaii was covered in sharp lava rock and kiawe thorns which caused mayhem with tyres, and the new course in Kapalua had just too much climbing and humidity (my two big weaknesses) to win another title.

Nico: Your best and worst racing memories?

Conrad:  My best memories are of the 2000 Olympics and 2010 XTERRA Worlds.  My worst are from losing a few XTERRA World titles due to flat tyres and equipment failures, and also when I broke my back and wrist and lost most of my sponsors in 2007.

Nico: Specialized, a long story from October 2001 to now, you were a racer but more than that, did you help build up or test the first 29er?

Conrad: Only 10 years ago, 29ers were viewed as “clown bikes” but the first time I rode one I fell in love with the way it made me feel invincible as it bashed and rolled over rough terrain.  Those bikes were quite rudimentary and were not made for racing – I think the first Specialized Stumpjumper 29er weighed about 13.5kg. I asked the engineers if we could turn it into an XC racing bike. The one engineer said, “Why would you want to race on a clown bike?” Fortunately, we forged ahead and created the first real, full carbon, racing 29er with which I won the 2010 XTERRA Worlds by six minutes. One of my best memories.

Nico: Now, your beautiful daughter Zena, the Caveman café, and Trail building is what Conrad’s life is all about.  Can you tell me more about what you are up to these days?

Conrad: Our little family is really booming at the moment! Zena is 21 months old and is very, very energetic, curious and adventurous. She really keeps us on our toes! Also, we’re expecting a boy in June, which we’re very excited about!

After a lifetime of being an athlete, it has been quite an adjustment – doing sport for no other reason than enjoyment.  Training for fun comes after family, trail building, and Caveman Café, so at the moment I don’t get to train much.

I found a new passion in life and started a company STOLTZ Trails. I really enjoy trail building – its outside in nature, I’m my own boss and its very creative- almost like sculpture. Being a “Trail snob,” I’d like to think I build trails that will be fun to ride, showcase the owners’ property and are harmonious with the surrounding nature. And for some reason I also really enjoy manual labor.  (If digging a 25m swimming pool by hand rings a bell…)

Nico: XTERRA in South Africa, it is huge, do you know why?

Conrad: Great events across the country, XTERRA is on TV all the time, we have some great courses, and I’d like to think a few South Africans left a footprint on global XTERRA- Anke Erlank, Dan Hugo and myself.  For now…

Nico:  You came to France last year for the Alps Epic with Yannick, XTERRA La Reunion Organizer. Do you think if we push, we can get Conrad back in an XTERRA in Europe one day?

Conrad:  Oh, you don’t have to push. I’d love to participate in cool events just for fun and without worrying about the result.

Nico: And forget the video, we all know who is the best 😉

Conrad:  Yes, especially if it was the Vertical 1km…

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Stars Come Out for XTERRA Season Opener in South Africa

This weekend’s FedHealth XTERRA South Africa Championship, the first of 41 events in 33 countries on the XWC qualifying series schedule, will host some 3,500 racers at the Grabouw Country Club in the Western Cape including Olympians Richard Murray and Flora Duffy.

Follow all the action from the championship race starting at 8am (Cape Town time) Saturday on, and on twitter @xterrasa.

“We are proud to host South Africa’s premier off-road triathlon and the world’s largest XTERRA,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Grabouw is known for its beauty and the challenge that it pits athletes against. We are excited to welcome both local and international athletes to the South African Championship and look forward to witnessing XTERRA racing of the highest level.”

Elites in the men’s race include home country heroes Bradley Weiss, the reigning XTERRA SA and Philippines Champion; Richard Murray, who finished 4th at last summer’s Olympic triathlon event in Rio; Stuart Marais – the 2015 SA Champ; and Theo Blignaut. Three of the top 10 men in last year’s XTERRA European Tour are also on the start list including Kris Coddens, an XTERRA champion from Belgium; Brice Daubord from France, and Jan Pyott of Switzerland.

“The field is always deep, providing great competition and a very close and exciting race,” said Weiss. “Richard Murray has been one of SA’s best triathletes for the past few years. I believe he will bring the biggest challenge as well as Stuart Marais who won the title in 2015.”

>For Murray, XTERRA provides an opportunity to mix up his arduous triathlon training and racing routine.

“I am looking for some change this season,” he said. “XTERRA Grabouw is only a one-hour drive from my home and the ambiance is great. I enjoy the mountain bike discipline the most, particularly the challenging rock garden. Even the run is great, and has everything one could expect from a good course including trails, hills and a water crossing. I will race in Abu Dhabi the weekend after Grabouw, so my goal is to race within myself. I would love both a podium finish and to qualify for the World Championship in Maui.”

The last time Murray raced in Maui, he finished 12th on the day (in 2013), and said … “I definitely underestimated the XTERRA World Championship that year. This year, I want to win it.”

Marais, who missed last year’s race in Grabouw due to illness, said he is looking forward to some hard off-road racing.

“With XTERRA Grabouw attracting the cream of SA triathlon, there are a number of athletes who will be able to challenge for the overall win. The number of international athletes entered is testimony to the quality of the event that is hosted by Stillwater Sports. It’s great to have strong competition. Hopefully I will be up to the challenge,” said Marais.

In the women’s race, reigning and three-time Olympian, XTERRA SA and World Champion Flora Duffy is looking to make it four-in-a-row at her home away from home.

“This is my favourite XTERRA on the circuit,” says Duffy, who lives in South Africa half of the year. “The bike discipline offers everything you would want- climbing, twisty single track, rock gardens and beautiful views. The run is also really cool. At the highest point of the route you can see the entire race village and the surrounding mountains. It’s quite breath-taking. My favourite part of the run is the final kilometre along the beach. This section literally looks like a gritty, white sandy beach. The contrast between the water, beach and mountains is really cool.”

Other elite women hoping to throw a spanner in the works include Carina Wasle (Austria), Rachel Klamer (Netherlands), and Sandra Koblmueller (Austria).

“I’ve been racing it for many years and always love to come back to South Africa for the season opener,” said Wasle, a 13-year veteran who won XTERRA SA in 2009 and 2011. “The swim in the Coca-Cola coloured water of the Eikenhof Dam is really special, while the bike course with all the single trails is amazing and great fun. It reminds me why I love this sport so much.”

In addition to the main event XTERRA South Africa hosts a kids tri, sprint tri, and trail runs that accommodate thousands of racers over the three days in Grabouw. This is the 14th year for XTERRA in South Africa, but even for seasoned veterans it will look like a brand new venue this time.

“Due to recent fires and harvesting, the landscape has changed dramatically,” said the race director Hendrico Burger. “Large parts of the A – Z trails were either rebuilt or rerouted, however, all the iconic landmarks are still there. It’s a combination of elements that makes this route tough including the elite athlete factor, the varied terrain, the sprint to the first single track, and the weather.”

The fastest age groupers in the championship race earn qualifying spots into the ITU and XTERRA World Championship races while elites race for their share of the 154,000 rand prize purse.

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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

2015     Stuart Marais                                              Flora Duffy

2016     Bradley Weiss                                             Flora Duffy

Weiss, Leicester win XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay

Bradley Weiss and Johandri Leicester dominated the field at the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay in the city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province on Saturday.

Staging his comeback from injury, Weiss proved to be in a league of his own completing the 1.5km ocean swim, 28km MTB discipline and 12km trail run in a combined time 2:00:02.

“I wasn’t sure if I’d make the start today. My doctor actually advised me not to race, but I wasn’t going to stay away any longer,” says an adamant Weiss. “I felt amazing today. It seems that the long rest period did me good. The XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay course is becoming one of my favourite courses.   It features a lot of single track and is pure mountain biking. Racing against Stuart today was really special, while having Conrad Stoltz out in the field was also pretty cool. Today was a good test before XTERRA Grabouw. It was nice to get the feeling of racing again.”

According to Marais, who came second on the day, Bradley Weiss was driving the pace on the mountain bike discipline. “The swim was hard. Brad and I exited the water together behind Keegan Cooke and Theo Blignaut. We jumped onto the bikes at the same time, but I lost Brad’s wheel at a river crossing.  I decided to ride smoothly instead of fast. From there Brad lead for the rest of the race. XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay’s ocean swim is fantastic. The mountain bike course is technical, a real cross country style course. The run is cool. It’s fast, there are climbs and sand. Next up is the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw, it’s the grail of XTERRAs. I feel good. Anything can happen at this event.” Theo Blignaut rounded off the podium on the day.

Johandri Leicester’s finishing time of 2:38:20 secured her the top spot on the podium in the women’s race. “Today was tough,” says Leicester. “I misjudged the swim, but managed to catch a wave on my way out. I completed the mountain bike discipline slower than in 2016, but there was more sand this year so that is understandable. I just took it easy. Overall I had a good race. I really like the ocean swim and technical mountain biking.” Alexia Loizou came in second, while Tracey Campbell finished third.

Next up is the XTERRA South Africa Championship in Grabouw next Saturday, February 25.

Read Brad’s blog post about the event here.

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Yin-Dee Ton-Rap XTERRA Thailand!

XTERRA welcomes the kingdom of Thailand to the World Tour on April 1 with the inaugural XTERRA Phuket off-road triathlon.

Thailand’s largest tropical island is a well-known international destination for beach goers, serious divers, and road triathletes.  And now, dirt lovers have the chance to experience its natural beauty too.

XTERRA Phuket is the second stop of the 2017 XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour and combines a 1.5k swim in the crystal-clear ocean of Layan Beach, with 30k of mountain biking and 10k of trail running in a stunning jungle setting.

“It’s a tough course and a true jungle experience,” says race director Serge Henkens, an experienced event producer with a passion for off-road racing and the great outdoors.  “Competitors can expect a hilly, rolling course, hot weather, and a spectacular swim in crystal clear water that starts from a pristine beach.”

Henkens, who also produces trail runs, road triathlons, mud obstacle races, and Southeast Asia’s most popular adventure race, the River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race, said he’s most excited to share the famous Thai hospitality with the athletes visiting from around the world.

“I’ve been wanting to produce a world-class XTERRA event here in Thailand for more than a decade now, and truly believe the market is ready for it,” said Henkens.

At stake is $7,500 in elite prize money, age group slots to the XTERRA World Championship on Maui, and points in the Asia-Pacific Tour.  Reigning Asia-Pacific Tour champion Ben Allen (AUS) is scheduled to compete, alongside his perennial APAC Tour rival Bradley Weiss from South Africa, up and comer Kieran McPherson from New Zealand and David Escobar Ballesteros of Spain, who won the XTERRA test event in Koh Samui this past September.

Highlighting the women’s elite field is the reigning XTERRA Malaysia Champion Jacqui Slack of Great Britain, and the “Swiss Miss” Renata Bucher, who will be looking to add another title to her incredible string of 33 career championship wins.

A sprint distance (750m swim, 20km MTB, 5km trail running), duathlon (5km Run, 30km MTB, 10km trail running) and 30K/10K/5K trail runs are also available, and entry to all events includes a gala awards dinner.

Visiting athletes are encouraged to allow plenty of time to explore all that the island has to offer – its blue lagoons and gorgeous sunsets, diverse water sports, tropical gardens and Buddhist temples. The island boasts a vibrant nightlife and sensational cuisine from local street stalls to fabulous restaurants.

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XTERRA La Union Cancelled

Sunrise Events, organizers of XTERRA La Union, today announced the March 26 race has been cancelled.

“It is with deep sadness that we had to come to this decision, as we were very recently made aware that the Host Province cannot support the event as originally intimated,” explained Sunrise Events in its official cancellation notice.  “Staging a world class event requires full commitment and support from the host province. This is far and beyond any commercial support — it requires genuine sincerity and passion to host the event in the Province.”

Registered athletes are being provided a full refund on entry fees, hotel bookings, and non-refundable airfare, as well as a bike jersey and event medal.

“Sunrise Events is a world-class event producer with a proven track record, and years of experience in working with Provinces to promote tourism through events,” said XTERRA President Janet Clark. “They have successfully produced XTERRA events in the Philippines for the past six years and received rave reviews from age groupers and elites alike. This is a very unfortunate situation, however, they are going above and beyond in extending every courtesy to all registered participants.”

Of note, the XTERRA Cebu off-road triathlon scheduled for April 23rd in Danao will continue as planned.

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Strong Field Set for Inaugural XTERRA Chile

On April 1st, the XTERRA Pan American Tour will introduce its newest member – XTERRA Chile.  The event will be held in San Bernardo, 30-minutes outside of Santiago.

The race will include a 1.5K swim with two laps in Lake Maipo, a brand new ski lake set alongside the XTERRA Village, followed by 30K mountain bike and 8K trail run.  The 2-lap bike course will be fun for riders of all skill levels with some challenging altitude gains and plenty of room for passing.  And the trail run will take competitors around the lake and into mountains revealing stunning Chilean landscape views.

A Sprint course is also offered on April 1 (750m swim, 10K mountain bike and 3K trail run), and the following day is equally as action packed with the XTERRA Kids triathlon for children from 7-15 years old and XTERRA Relay races over the full distance.  The weekend will be filled with Chilean-style fun and hospitality.

With US$7,500 in elite prize money on the line, competition will be fierce in this first-time event.  Fittingly, Chilean Olympian Barbara Riveros (pictured) is confirmed to race.  “Chicka” is no stranger to XTERRA and reached the podium in XTERRA races all over the world, including two second place finishes at the prestigious XTERRA World Championship.  France’s Morgane Riou, who finished 5th in the 20016 XTERRA European Tour, American Kara LaPoint, who ranked 3rd in last year’s XTERRA Pan American Tour, and  Brazil’s Sabrina Gobbo, 5th in the 2016 Pan Am Tour, will be there to challenge her.

In the men’s race, Chile’s Felipe “Pipo” Barraza, who took 4th last year in a stacked field at the XTERRA Pan American Championship, will be racing, along with fellow Chilean Benjamin Munizaga. Legendary Argentinian triathlete, Oscar Galindez, 4th at XTERRA Argentina last year, will compete, as will 2012 Argentinian Olympian Gonzalo Tellechea. American Ian King, 7th in the 2016 XTERRA Pan American Tour, and Frenchman, Julien Buffe are also racing.

The producers of XTERRA Chile are passionate and experienced triathletes.  Rodrigo Ballivian is the oldest international distributor of XTERRA Wetsuits & Boards, and his partner, Emilio Ramirez, brings a wealth of experience in event production.  His company Milpies, produces numerous high profile road triathlons as well as mountain bike races.

Chile promises a great XTERRA race experience and a spectacular travel experience rich in natural beauty, culture and history.  It is home to Patagonia, Easter Island, the high Andean plateau, and vineyards producing some of the world’s best wine.  Don’t miss it.

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About XTERRA Pan American Tour

The XTERRA Pan American Tour is a 10-stop series for both amateur and professional athletes starting March 25th at XTERRA Argentina and concludes September 16 with the XTERRA Pan American Championship race in Ogden, Utah. In between are majors in the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Learn more at

Fedhealth XTERRA Kids take Nelson Mandela Bay by Storm

The picturesque Kings Beach was a hub of excitement on Friday with eager junior adventure seekers lining up to partake in the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Nelson Mandela Bay.

“The Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race was the perfect ice breaker for a weekend of action packed XTERRA racing,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “XTERRA is all about fitness, fun and most importantly family.  We are thankful to all parents for making it possible for their children to be part of the experience.  It was truly heart-warming to see the joy on the faces of each and every entrant. ”

Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “It’s always with great excitement that we welcome kids at our Fedhealth XTERRA events. Physical exercise is a major part of a healthy childhood, and when Mom and Dad can also join in the fun, there’s the added benefit of spending quality family time together. Our Nelson Mandela Bay event offered a wonderful day (and weekend) out, for both the young and the young at heart.”

Junior XTERR Warriors could choose between three age group categories when entering the Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Race: 6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run), 9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run), and

12-15 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run).

Lisa De Villiers (age category 6 – 8 years), made her XTERRA debut on the day.  “Today was nice.  I really enjoyed the swim and mountain bike leg.  I was very happy to cross the finish line.”

Francois De Villiers (age category 12 – 15 years), enjoyed the swim leg the most.  “I’m not a strong swimmer, but I really enjoyed the swim because I did well today.  I enjoyed the event.  It was very nice winning.”

Zac Fletcher (age category 9 – 11 years) had a good race.  “I really liked the mountain bike leg,” says a very happy Zac.  “I had a good race and really enjoyed the XTERRA.”

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