The most decorated XTERRA triathlete of all-time, Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz from South Africa, became the 10th inductee into the XTERRA Hall of Fame at the Night of Champions dinner in Maui last night.
The reception he received was goose-bump worthy … a well-deserved standing ovation from an adoring crowd. His acceptance speech was equally memorable.
“XTERRA has been an integral part of my life,” said Stoltz, holding back tears. “We always talk about XTERRA being family, and it is. It really is. What Tom and Dave and Julie created is simply amazing, and I’m beyond grateful.”
Stoltz collected an unprecedented 53 career championship wins and seven world titles (4 from XTERRA and 3 from ITU) in his illustrious 15-year career.
As impressive as his credentials are, he is more beloved worldwide for his warm smile and welcoming demeanor than his fearless downhill skills.
Watch his Hall of Fame tribute video.
“Last Call for the Caveman” Tribute: http://www.xterraplanet.com/2015/08/last-call-for-the-caveman/
Retirement Video: https://vimeo.com/137660263
XTERRA HALL OF FAME MEMBERS (The first nine…)
NED OVEREND (2005)
Overend competed in the first-ever XTERRA in 1996, finishing third. In ‘97 he was second, and in ‘98 and ‘99 he won consecutive World Championships at the ripe young age of 42 & 43.
SCOTT TINLEY (2006)
Tinley competed in XTERRA’s inaugural event and was one of the early ambassadors for the sport, helping to get high level pro’s and big media attention for the first-ever XTERRA World Championship.
KERSTIN WEULE (2007)
In the early years of the sport Weule won more XTERRA races than anyone, compiling 19 XTERRA titles, two US. Pro Series crowns (1999 and 2000), and the 2000 World Championship.
JIMMY RICCITELLO (2008)
Riccitello won the inaugural XTERRA World title over triathlon great Mike Pigg. Afterwards, he said “Man this race is a bitch, but it’s the true spirit of triathlon – athlete vs. the course”.
MICHAEL TOBIN (2009)
Tobin dominated XTERRA for years, with 16 wins and the 2000 World Championship to his credit. He’s the last American man to win off-road triathlon’s greatest race.
SHARI KAIN (2010)
Kain had an epic duel with Michellie Jones in the inaugural XTERRA of 1996 but came up 12 seconds short. In 1999 “Sharoo” won it all in style by doing the hula across the finish line in a grass skirt.
SCOTT SCHUMAKER (2011)
Schumaker is perhaps THE pioneer of XTERRA racing. In the early years he was a factor in just about every race, and he also introduced the sport to the triathlon world by writing about his experiences.
JAMIE WHITMORE (2012)
Whitmore won 37 championships in a dozen different countries, including the XTERRA World Championship in 2004. She is still today the most successful female pro the sport has ever known.
NICO LEBRUN (2013)
Nicolas “The Professor” Lebrun from France was a major and consistent force in XTERRA racing in Europe and in America with 90 top five finishes in 13 years including 32 wins and four European Tour Championships. The crowning moment in his XTERRA career was in Maui in 2005 when he won the XTERRA World Championship.