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.
At the first XTERRA (or AquaTerra as it was then known) there were 123 competitors on the start line at Wailea Beach. It was a “who’s who” of triathlon and mountain biking. One of those competitors was a perky, pony-tailed, blonde Team Ritchey rider.
On the eve of the World Championship Michael Tobin became the 5th inductee into the XTERRA Hall of Fame. Tobin won at everything he tried, posting championships in running (and not your usual 5K but running up mountains for a couple hours); duathlon, where he was Powerman Champ twice
Flash back to 1996… AquaTerra…the first XTERRA…123 Speedo-clad racers on the start line at dawn on the beach in Wailea, Maui. A who’s who of triathlon and mountain biking showed up to try something completely new…off-road triathlon.
Kerstin Weule, using equally deadly swim, mountain bike and run speed, won more XTERRA races than anyone (until Jamie Whitmore took on the challenge). She won 19 XTERRA titles, including the US. Pro Series in 1999 and 2000, and the 2000 World Championship.
Scott Tinley was named the second inductee into the XTERRA Hall of Fame. In 1996, Scott competed in XTERRA’s inaugural event, known as Aquaterra at the time. That day, he finished in 4th place and went on to finish in the top 10 in both 1997 and ’98.
After retiring from mountain biking in 1996 at the age of 40 (he won six national titles and became mountain bikings first world champion in 1990), Overend competed in the first-ever XTERRA in 1996, finishing third.