Feb 24 2019
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The inaugural XTERRA South Africa off-road triathlon was held in 2004.
The sport, and lifestyle, has grown spectacularly ever since.
“I believe that the growth of the sport of XTERRA in South Africa can be attributed to the winning recipe of a great course, great venue, flawless organization and the extensive TV and media coverage that it receives,” said Conrad “the Caveman” Stoltz, a 4x XTERRA World Champion who hails from Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Held at the Grabouw Country Club, a mountain paradise situated in the Western Cape atop Sir Lowry’s Pass, the course features perfectly tacky dirt trails that lead into rock gardens, plenty of climbing, some flats to go fast, and an adventurous run that has a swim of its own.
While it’ll still be freezing in February across much of the continental U.S., it’s nice and warm in South Africa, and the endurance community in SA embraces the challenge with open arms.
“From the first time I heard about XTERRA, I knew it was something South Africans would love!” exclaimed Michael Meyer, the man behind the magic at Stillwater Sport. “Not only does South Africa have perfect venues and routes for XTERRA but the people adopt a uniquely adventurous, active and outdoor lifestyle; making the fit with XTERRA perfect!”
Indeed, South Africa is one of the most vibrant XTERRA destinations on earth and home to two XTERRA Hall of Famers – Stoltz and Dan Hugo - as well as 2017 XTERRA World Champion Bradley Weiss.
At XTERRA South Africa, the entire weekend is one massive celebration of the healthy, active, outdoors lifestyle. Hundreds of kids take part in their own XTERRA race on Friday afternoon, and thousands more take to the trails in the half-distance XTERRA Lite race and trail runs before the main event. It all makes for the largest gathering of XTERRA racers in the world.