Weiss, Preen win XTERRA South Africa

South Africans Bradley Weiss and Hayley Preen captured the 16th annual XTERRA South Africa Championship off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful morning at the Elgin-Grabouw Country Club in the Western Cape on Sunday, February 24.

Feb. 24, 2019

South Africans Bradley Weiss and Hayley Preen captured the 16th annual XTERRA South Africa Championship off-road triathlon elite titles on a beautiful morning at the Elgin-Grabouw Country Club in the Western Cape on Sunday, February 24.

It’s the third SA victory in four years for Weiss, the 2017 XTERRA World Champion, and the first XTERRA World Tour win for Preen.

Bradley Weiss XTERRA South Africa

“It was perfect weather to race today,” said Weiss.  “This is my 10th or 11th year racing in Grabouw and I think this is the best weather we’ve ever had.  There was no wind, the water was flat and cool, and it was a little bit overcast.”

Weiss led from wire-to-wire with the best swim-bike-and-run times and took the tape in 2:29:08, more than four-minutes ahead of countryman Cameron MacNair and third-place finisher Michael Ferreira.

“Coming into the race having won the IM 70.3 South African Championship meant that my form was pretty good,” said Weiss. 

XTERRA South Africa Men's Podium

“It’s always tricky switching between road and mountain bike, so I had to do a bit of mountain biking leading into the event. I still didn’t feel like I’d spent enough time on the mountain bike, but I loved the new course. It had a lot of climbing and I really enjoyed the new single track sections that were added. The run was flat and fast, completely different to what I am used to racing here in Grabouw. I am very happy to take the win and another South African title.”

Preen XTERRA South Africa

In the women’s elite race Preen, 20, claimed her first XTERRA South Africa Championship title in an impressive time of 2:51:40, more than 10-minutes ahead of runner up Vicky van der Merwe and third-place finisher Johandri Leicester.

“The swim is always my weakest discipline, but I feel that I had a fairly good swim.  I think I came out the water in fourth place” said Preen.  “I caught Vicky and the leading woman on the first climb on the mountain bike route.”

Preen XTERRA South Africa Bike

Preen entered the transition area in first place and maintained her lead on the trail run. 
“I had a good run,” continued Preen.  “I love XTERRA.  I just love the whole off-road triathlon vibe.  My goal was to make the podium today.  Crossing the finish line in first place was amazing.  XTERRA is the best family event and the mountain bike course is amazing.”

Women's Podium XTERRA South Africa

The first event on the XTERRA World Tour took place at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club, an area affectionately known as XTERRA Country, with a challenge that combined a 1.5km swim in the Eikenhof Dam, a +- 27km mountain bike and 12.4km trail run.

The top finishers in each age group qualified for the 24th XTERRA World Championship in Maui on October 28, and it also qualified age groupers for spots at thee 2019 ITU Cross Tri World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain this April.

Full Results / Photos by Mark Sampson

XTERRA South Africa

All-time XTERRA South Africa Elite Race 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
2018 Bradley Weiss Carina Wasle
2019 Bradley Weiss Haley Preen

 XTERRA South Africa was the first of 30 races around the world where amateur athletes could qualify for XTERRA Worlds.  

Up Next:  XTERRA Motatapu on the South Island of New Zealand.

Date               Race / Location - Winners                                    

24-Feb           XTERRA South Africa - Brad Weiss/Hayley Preen
9-Mar             XTERRA Motatapu / South Island, New Zealand
23-Mar           XTERRA Argentina # Silver / Dique Ullum, San Juan
30-Mar           XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship + GOLD / Kenting, TW
31-Mar           XTERRA Chile # Silver / San Bernardo, Santiago
6-Apr              XTERRA New Zealand + Silver / Rotorua
7-Apr              XTERRA Cyprus * Silver / Akamas
21-Apr            XTERRA Greece * Silver / Vouliagmeni
11-May           XTERRA Brazil # GOLD / Ilhabela
18-May           XTERRA Oak Mountain # GOLD / Pelham, Alabama, USA
18-May           XTERRA Malta * Silver / Majjistral Nature Reserve
26-May           XTERRA Italy - Lake Garda * Silver / Toscolano                                       
26-May           XTERRA Costa Rica * Silver / Playa Reserva Conchal
31-May           XTERRA Tahiti + Silver / Moorea                  
1-Jun              XTERRA Portugal * Silver / Golega               
8-Jun              XTERRA Belgium * Silver / Namur                
16-Jun            XTERRA Denmark * Silver / Aarhus              
29-Jun            XTERRA Switzerland * Silver / Vallee de Joux
7-Jul               XTERRA France * GOLD / Xonrupt                
7-Jul               XTERRA Victoria # Silver / Victoria, B.C., Canada
14-Jul             XTERRA Quebec # Silver / Quebec City, QC, Canada
20-Jul             XTERRA Beaver Creek # GOLD / Beaver Creek, CO, USA
21-Jul             XTERRA Italy - Scanno * GOLD / Abruzzo
3-Aug             XTERRA Mexico # GOLD / Tapalpa
3-Aug             XTERRA European Championship * GOLD / Prachatice, Czech Republic
4-Aug             XTERRA Conquer the Crater / Sudbury, ON, Canada
17-Aug           XTERRA Germany * GOLD / Zittau                
18-Aug           XTERRA Canmore / Alberta, Canada             
24-Aug           XTERRA Sleeping Giant / Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
25-Aug           XTERRA Hawaii Island / Hapuna, Big Island
1-Sep             XTERRA Dominican Republic # Silver / Samana
1-Sep             XTERRA Luxembourg * Silver / Rosport
14-Sep           XTERRA Netherlands * Silver / Ameland Island
14-Sep           XTERRA Pan Am / USA Championship # GOLD / Ogden, Utah, USA
15-Sep           XTERRA Japan * Silver / Marunuma
22-Sep           XTERRA Kunming + GOLD / Yunnan Province, China
22-Sep           XTERRA Altifort (Long Distance) / Megeve, France
27-Sep           XTERRA Korea / Wonju City
28-Oct            XTERRA World Championship / Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii 

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