ccs-58780-0-50213400-1487669486.jpg Flora Duffy in action during the 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship in Garbouw. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

According to Duffy, she’ll definitely be going for her fourth victory. “This is my favourite XTERRA on the circuit,” says Duffy. “I am looking forward to the course. The bike discipline offers everything you would want- climbing, twisty single track, rock gardens and beautiful views. The run is also really cool. At the highest point of the route you can see the entire race village and the surrounding mountains. It’s quite breath-taking. My favourite part of the run is the final kilometre along the beach. This section literally looks like a gritty, white sandy beach. The contrast between the water, beach and mountains is really cool.”

A former XTERRA SA Champion, Carina Wasle (Austria) is no stranger to XTERRA Grabouw. “This is the first event on the World Tour Calendar,” says Wasle. “I’ve been racing it for many years and always love to come back to South Africa. The swim in the coca cola coloured water of the Eikenhof Dam is really special, while the bike course with all the single trails is amazing and great fun. It reminds me why I love this sport so much. The atmosphere also makes the event special. My goal will be to give my best on the day. Hopefully I’ll be able to make the podium.”

Dutch professional triathlete Rachel Klamer will make her XTERRA debut in Grabouw. “I heard that XTERRA Grabouw is a great event,” says Klamer. “I thought it would be something new and exciting to do. The swim discipline will be the ‘most normal’ to what I’m used to doing. The bike is sure to be the toughest discipline for me as I’ve never done an XTERRA or mountain bike race before. I am really looking forward to experiencing the course, while challenging myself.”

The men’s race will be hotly contested with reigning champion Bradley Weiss fending off attacks from Olympian Richard Murray, Stuart Marais, Theo Blignaut, Brice Daubord (France), Jan Pyott (Switzerland) and Kris Coddens (Belgium).

The Bos Sport Recovery Zone will be a welcomed oasis for XTERRA Warriors when they cross the finish line.

The Prize Purse for the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw has increased to a whopping R154 000. The top five finishers in the XTERRA Full open men’s and women’s races will receive prize money, with the first place winners each taking home R30 000.