According to Murray this is his best performance by far in South Africa. “This is my first South African title. I swam with Tim Don, exiting the water seconds behind him and only 25 seconds ahead of Conrad Stoltz. I was uncertain going into the bike and really expected Conrad to catch me sooner. It was only on the 10km mark that he caught me and then proceeded to pull away. He just has so much power in his legs. I was about 30 or 40 seconds behind Conrad coming into transition and managed to pull him about half way through the run. From there I just kept it together till the end. It was a big day for me. I’ve wanted this win for the last 3 to 4 years. The Totalsports XTERRA is definitely the most contended race in South Africa. I had so much fun and will definitely be back next year,” says Murray.

Olympian Richard Murray took gold at the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA South African Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT on Sunday, 24 February 2013 completing the 1.5km swim, 27km mountain bike and 11km trail run in an impressive time of 02hours23minutes02seconds. Photo Credit ~ Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

An event official reported that Stoltz deviated from the run route and as a result official rules had to be applied and Stoltz had to be disqualified. Dan Hugo therefore took second place on the day, with Nico Pfitzenmaier finishing third.

For Van Huyssteen the successful title defence was a-dream-come true. “I had to work hard the entire race,” says Van Huyssteen. “The swim was a bit chaotic in the beginning with me choosing the wrong line. I still had a good swim though, entering transition first. I knew I had to work hard as Shonny Vanlandingham is an amazing mountain biker. I managed to find good rhythm on the bike. Going into the run I knew I had to give my all as my husband wouldn’t be impressed with me if it looked like I was taking it easy,” laughs Van Huyssteen. “Today’s race was great. I had a knot in my stomach the whole way as I really wanted this win”. Susan Sloan came in second, while Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colorado) finished third.

Reigning XTERRA SA champion Carla Van Huyssteen took gold in the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA South African Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT on Sunday, 24 February 2013 completing the 1.5km swim, 27km mountain bike and 11km trail run in an impressive time of 02hours51minutes01seconds. Photo Credit ~ Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA

EVENT INFORMATION:

The TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Grabouw was once again split over two days with the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Lite taking place on Saturday, 23 February 2013 followed by the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Full on Sunday, 24 February 2013.

EXCITING NEWS: This year our XTERRA Warriors in the making were able to join in on the action on Friday, 22 February 2013 at the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Kids race.

Friday, 22 February 2013: TOTALSPORTS XTERRA KIDS

Saturday, 23 February 2013: TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Lite presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT

Format: 400m swim, 12km mountain bike and 5km trail run

Sunday, 24 February 2013: TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Full presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT

Format: 1.5km swim, 27km mountain bike and 11km trail run

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