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).
|TOP 12 WOMEN|
|3||3:06:03||van Huysteen||Carla||PRO F||0:23:52||1:42:56||0:56:52|
|5||3:12:34||Finchamp||Hannah Rae||20-24Yrs F||0:24:13||1:43:37||1:01:46|
|11||3:25:36||van Heerden||Natia||20-24Yrs F||0:28:14||1:53:08||1:01:15|
|TOP 15 MEN|
|9||2:49:42||Van Heerden||Antoine||PRO M||0:25:30||1:30:21||0:51:24|
|12||2:53:05||de Jongh||Raoul||35-39Yrs M||0:22:12||1:31:43||0:56:06|
|XTERRA SOUTH AFRICA ALL-TIME PRO WINNERS|
|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 [at] 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 [at] 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...
|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|
|17-May||XTERRA Southeast Championship||Pelham, Alabama|
|25-May||XTERRA Spain Championship||Cieza, Murcia|
|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|
|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|
|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 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.