For the third straight year Conrad Stoltz and Carla Van Huyssteen captured the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Buffelspoort presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT at the picturesque Buffelspoort Dam in the North West Province of South Africa on Saturday.
The victory also marked a milestone for Stoltz as it was his 50th win in his storied 13-year XTERRA career. The “Caveman” is also the all-time XTERRA Championship race victory record-holder at 46. Take a moment to watch this terrific video of Conrad training in his hometown posted by the guys at Specialized.
“It was great, at 39-years-of-age, to be able to win my 50th XTERRA, by six minutes, in front of my home crowd in South Africa today,” said Stoltz after the race. “The sport is growing like crazy in this country and it’s really exciting. There were 2,500 people racing this weekend.”
One of the thousands to participate was XTERRA pro Dan Hugo who was taking part in his first XTERRA since last April, having missed most of 2012 due to injury. Hugo finished second on the day, and deflected attention of his return to honor Stoltz instead.
“The greatest guy to ever do an XTERRA was untouchable today,” said Hugo. “If I was at my best shape I don’t think I would have been able to match. You’ve got to accept that and show respect. I was glad to be the best of the rest.”
On the women’s side Van Huyssteen, who was third at the ITU Cross Tri World Championships held in Alabama last year, won at Buffelspoort for the third straight year.
“The combination of the heat and altitude definitely added to the toughness of today’s XTERRA. It was definitely good exercise for XTERRA Grabouw”, says Van Huyssteen, who will look to defend her XTERRA South Africa Championship title in Grabouw on February 24.
Watch a video from the race here: http://actionhub.tv/view_video.php?video_id=400
Towards the end of this video you’ll see Conrad Stoltz high-fiving the last finisher, nearly six hours after the day began.