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  1. Bradley Weiss claims gold at the 2019 XTERRA SA Championship in Grabouw. Photo Credit: Mark Sampson “We’ve had 16 wonderful years of hosting XTERRA in South Africa,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “A highlight on SA’s multi-sport calendar, watching the event grow from year to year has been an incredible experience. We had fourteen exciting years of working alongside XTERRA International, who owns the rights to XTERRA world-wide. In 2017 XTERRA International welcomed new ownership and unfortunately we’ve been unable to come to an agreement for 2020 and thereafter. We are proud of the fact that for a number of years XTERRA SA has donned the crown of the largest XTERRA in the world. Haley Preen claims gold at the 2019 XTERRA SA Championship in Grabouw. Photo Credit: Mark Sampson South Africa also boasts three world champions in Conrad Stoltz (2001, 2002, 2007 and 2010), Anke Erlank (2001) and Bradley Weiss (2017 and 2019). A big congratulations to Bradley for claiming his second world championship title this past Sunday! Another XTERRA SA Warrior that dominated the XTERRA racing scene for years is Dan Hugo and let’s not forget about the impressive achievements from SA’s age group contestants at the World Championship in Maui each year. We are proud to be able to close off XTERRA SA on such a high note. We would like to thank all our sponsors for their unwavering support. Without them the event would not have been possible. Lastly to each and every XTERRA athlete thank you for being part of the XTERRA family. Your support over the last 16 years had a valuable impact on the overall experience of the event.”
  2. Taking place at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape), an area that has affectionately become known as XTERRA Country, the 2019 XTERRA South Africa Championship pitted off-road triathletes against a 1.5km swim in the Eikenhof Dam, a +- 27km mountain bike course followed by a 12.4km trail run. Bradley Weiss. Photo credit: Mark Sampson. “It was perfect weather to race today,” said a very happy Weiss. “This is my 10th or 11th year racing in Grabouw and I think this is the best weather that we’ve ever had. There was no wind, the water was flat and it was cool, a little bit overcast which is great racing weather. Coming into the race having won the 70.3 South African Championship meant that my form was pretty good. 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 from what I am used to racing here in Grabouw. I am very happy to take the win and another South African title. Weiss successfully defended his XTERRA SA Champion title in a deserving time of 02 hours 29 minutes 08 seconds. Cameron Macnair came in 2nd, while Michael Ferreira finished 3rd. In the women’s elite race Haley Preen claimed her first XTERRA South Africa Championship title in an impressive time of 02 hours 51 minutes 40 seconds. Haley Preen. Photo credit: Mark Sampson. “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 4th place (in the women’s race),” said Preen. “I caught Vicky and the leading woman on the first climb on the mountain bike route.” Preen entered the transition area in first place and maintained her lead on the trail run. “I had a good run as well,” continues 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.” Vicky van der Merwe came in 2nd, while Johandri Leicester finished 3rd. RESULTS: Top 10 / 2019 XTERRA Grabouw Full Top 10 Men 1 Bradley Weiss 02:29:08, 2 Cameron Macnair 02:33:10, 3 Michael Ferreira 02:36:16, 4 Adriaan Myburgh 02:37:38, 5 Gaetan Vivien 02:38:59, 6 Michael Ross 02:39:46, 7 Jari Claes 02:42:08, 8 Maniora Regis 02:43:26, 9 Daniel Mannweiler 02:45:30, 10 Emde Nick 02:45:44 Top 10 Women 1 Hayley Preen 02:51:40, 2 Vicky van der Merwe 03:02:41, 3 Johandri Leicester 03:06:12, 4 Taryn-Maie Wille 03:10:28, 5 Svetlana Ushakova 03:15:54, 6 Pauline Aigon 03:16:32, 7 Tanya Rabie 03:21:49, 8 Rita Terblanche 03:24:10, 9 Benita Kasch 03:25:35, 10 Sandy Russel 03:27:05
  3. Jamie Riddle in action during the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club on Sunday, 25 February 2018. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg A road triathlete, Riddle professed that the Fedhealth XTERRA is the only off-road triathlon that he participates at. “XTERRA Grabouw is my only off-road event. It’s awesome,” says Riddle. “Mountain biking is a lot harder than road cycling. So my plan was to get a lead on the swim and then go into survival mode. I managed to keep my lead though. The event was a lot of fun. It was super well organized with a lot of marshals out on route. Being able to successfully defend my 2017 title was awesome. It’s great to see hard work paying off.” Riddle completed the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in an impressive time of 01 hour 06 minutes 20 seconds. Samuel Courts came in second, while David Sher finished third. Susan Kruger in action during the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club on Sunday, 25 February 2018. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Obliterating the women’s race, Kruger travelled all the way from Pretoria to take on the Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in Grabouw. “I was hoping to do well, but I really didn’t expect to win,” says Kruger. “I was second out of the water and managed to catch the leader early on the mountain bike leg. From there I led till the end. I enjoy XTERRA because it is tough, but fun. It keeps your mind going.” Kruger completed the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite in a deserving time of 01 hour 19 minutes 32 seconds. Xanri Haak came in second, while Daneil Feldmann finished third. “Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw is the biggest XTERRA in the world, and this year has once again thrilled both local and overseas participants. The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Lite gives beginner off-road triathletes the chance to prove themselves in the dam, on the tough climbs of the mountain bike course, and on the tough trails. As there is also an event for kids and more serious XTERRA Warriors, the whole family can share in the fun and fitness over the weekend,” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth. A perfect introduction to the sport of XTERRA, the 2018 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Lite saw off- road triathletes having to complete: a 400m swim in the picturesque Eikenhof Dam, a 14km mountain bike route and a 6.5km trail run. For a complete set of race results visit www.finishtime.co.za. Top 10 Men 1 Jamie Riddle 01:06:20, 2 Samuel Courts 01:07:28, 3 David Sher 01:07:41, 4 Herbert Peters 01:09:49, 5 Caleb van der Veen 01:10:22, 6 Angus Mcleod 01:11:23, 7 John-Pierre Weideman 01:12:58, 8 Stephen Kennealy 01:13:27, 9 Khan Nothnagel 01:13:48, 10 Maniora Regis 01:13:56 Top 10 Women 1 Susan Kruger 01:19:32, 2 Xanri Haak 01:21:13, 3 Daneil Feldmann 01:24:20, 4 Georgia Grobler 01:25:28, 5 Michaela Beaton 01:25:46, 6 Kasha Dickie 01:28:39, 7 Holly Erasmus 01:29:02, 8 Nadia Malan 01:29:35, 9 Suzaan Hobson 01:30:15, 10 Claire le Pors 01:31:21
  4. Bradley Weiss claiming gold on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Weiss lost the XTERRA SA title to Olympian Richard Murray in 2017 after suffering a double puncture during the MTB discipline. "The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw is my favorite race of the year," admits Weiss. "Before the start of the swim I heard an announcement about an athlete who had gone to the Common Wealth Games and was racing today. I didn't know what to expect. I exited the water in third place, but managed to close the gap by the time that we'd reached the first big climb on the mountain bike discipline." "Once I was back in the lead I just settled into my own rhythm," continues Weiss. "My lead kept building. I just focused on executing a good race. To win on home soil is very special. I would like to thank Fedhealth and Stillwater Sports for putting on an incredible show." Michael Lord came in second, while Brice Daubord (France) finished third. Carina Wasle (Austria) claimed her third Fedhealth XTERRA SA title in a deserving time of 02 hours 51 minutes 43 seconds. "I had a very good race," says Wasle. "I always start a race with the goal to win. My swim was perfect. I was first on the bike and just kept my lead. I am very happy to win today." Hayley Preen came in second, while Johandri Leicester finished third. Carina Wasle in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: "The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw is a great event for the serious off-road triathlete, where you can clinch one of the various age group qualification slots for the XTERRA World Championships taking place later this year. Grabouw offers unforgiving, yet breath-taking terrain, and the chance to bring your family to either participate or spur you on across the finish line. It's no wonder it's the biggest XTERRA in the world." Top 10 Men1 Bradley Weiss 02:28:55, 2 Michael Lord 02:35:14, 3 Brice Daubord 02:37:36, 4 Nico Sterk 02:39:05, 5 Michael Ferreira 02:41:53, 6 Darryn Purtell 02:42:24, 7 Cameron Macnair 02:42:45, 8 Adriaan Myburgh 02:46:31, 9 Celeste Anthony 02:46:45, 10 Michael Ross 02:47:24 Top 7 Women 1 Carina Wasle 02:51:43, 2 Hayley Preen 03:04:59, 3 Johandri Leicester 03:06:43, 4 Natia van Heerden 03:07:01, 5 Vicky van der Merwe 03:14:01, 6 Taryn-Maie Wille 03:21:37, 7 Carine Gagiano 03:24:48
  5. Elite road triathlete James Cunnama set a blistering pace in the swim, exiting the water in first place with Bradley Weiss, Michael Lord, Antoine van Heerden and New Zealander Aiden Dunster chasing hard. Bradley Weiss claimed gold in the men’s elite race in an impressive combined time of 02 hours 30 minutes 42 seconds. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg “I exited the swim with Michael, Antoine and Aiden close behind me,” says Bradley Weiss. “Although my transition was slower, by the time that I reached the first climb on the mountain bike discipline I managed to work my way up into third place. I caught Michael Lord on the crest of the climb. By the second portage climb I could hear that James and Michael were breathing hard. I jumped onto my bike, pushed as hard as I could and opened a gap. I didn’t have the best bike to run transition with my gloves and shoes getting caught, but my run felt solid. I don’t think the win has sunk in yet. It’s been approximately five years since I started taking part in XTERRA Grabouw. I started out in the XTERRA Lite. If I think back to then, I would never have dreamt about winning at the XTERRA SA Champs. It’s such a surreal feeling. I couldn’t be more proud.” Weiss claimed victory in a well-deserved time of 02 hours 30 minutes 42 seconds. James Cunnama came in second, while Aiden Dunster finished third. Reigning women’s XTERRA World and South African Champion, Flora Duffy had a superb start to her race, exiting the water in an overall second place position, just behind Cunnama. “Getting my third victory in Grabouw is really cool,” says a delighted Duffy. “I won my very first XTERRA here. As I spend five months out of the year in South Africa, XTERRA Grabouw is an unofficial home race for me. The XTERRA Grabouw course is phenomenal. It’s a true XTERRA course. You have to know how to ride a mountain bike. The crowd and community involvement really makes this race special. I’m happy with my overall 7th place and my third XTERRA Grabouw title.” Duffy’s impressive winning time was 02 hours 39 minutes 08 seconds. Carina Wasle came in second, while Susan Sloan finished third. “The Fedhealth XTERRA Full caters for more seasoned triathletes who want to put their fitness to the test,” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth. “Regardless of the athletes’ own unique goals, it is also a fun weekend away in which the entire family can participate. We thoroughly enjoy seeing so many fit, healthy people in action!” The 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Full saw off-road multi-sport athletes having to complete a 1.5km swim, followed by a 28km mountain bike discipline before finishing off with a 12.5km trail run. RESULTS: Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Full Saturday, 20 February 2016RESULTS: Open Men 1 Bradley Weiss 02:30:42, 2 James Cunnama 02:32:39, 3 Aiden Dunster 02:35:01, 4 Michael Lord 02:35:44, 5 Antoine Van Heerden 02:36:12, 6 Jan Pyott 02:38:26, 7 Jeffrey Neethling 02:41:19, 8 Brad Matthew Edwards 02:43:17, 9 Aidan Nugent 02:44:39, 10 Darryn Purtell 02:45:56 RESULTS: Open Women 1 Flora Duffy 02:39:08, 2 Carina Wasle 02:56:05, 3 Susan Sloan 02:57:32, 4 Carla Van Huyssteen 02:58:54, 5 Nicolette Griffioen 03:03:08, 6 Sandra Koblmuller 03:05:18, 7 Adrienne Moolman 03:15:41, 8 Denine Van Heerden 03:15:52, 9 Denine Van Heerden 03:15:52, 10 Johandri Leicester 03:18:46
  6. The 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championships got off to a spectacular start at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club on Saturday, 20 February 2016. Click here to view the article
  7. Richard Murray in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Murray’s victory didn’t come easy, having been caught up in a game of cat and mouse with reigning champion Bradley Weiss. “I expected to be on Flora’s feet in the swim, but instead I found myself in front with everyone on my feet. I took it easy on the bike. Bradley caught me in the first 6km. Four years ago Conrad only caught me on the 12km mark so I was very worried. Bradley then punctured at 10 – 12km, but caught me again at round about the 18km mark. Going into the run I thought I’d catch him sooner than I did. He is really quick on the up-hills. I’d catch him, only to have him pull away on the hills. I caught him again on the last climb and pushed really hard on the downhill to get away. I must give massive credit to Bradley. He has come a long way and would more than likely have beaten me today had he not punctured on the mountain bike. XTERRA is an amazing event. It’s well organised and the athletes are treated really well.” Murray completed the 1.5km swim, 26km MTB, 12.5km trail run in a lightning fast time of 02 hours 22 minutes 46 seconds. According to Weiss, he had a calm start to the race. “I knew Richard was the favourite and that he’d be under pressure to set the pace. I had a good swim and was only about 20 seconds behind. I caught him at the top of the first climb, but then both my tyres suffered a slow puncture. I only had one bomb, but managed to sort out both tyres. I caught Richard again just before the rock garden. Going into the run I had about a 1 minute lead, but knew that with Richard I needed at least 2 minutes. Going onto the run after the mountain bike discipline isn’t easy. It took Richard longer to close the gap than I had expected. He finally caught me and then just kept me at bay. If you’re going to beat Richard you need to have a near perfect race, unfortunately I didn’t have that today. That is how racing goes so I’m happy to finish second.” Stuart Marais claimed the final spot on the podium in the men’s race. Duffy successfully secured her fourth consecutive Fedhealth XTERRA South African Champion title in a deserving time of 02 hours 39 minutes. “Being the first race of the season, you don’t really know where you’re at,” says Duffy. “I was a little nervous, but everything went well and I had a lot of fun. I had a good swim, sticking to Mari’s feet. On the bike I worked hard on the climb, and went smoothly on the technical sections. I’m currently nursing a hip injury, so on the run I decided to practise more control. XTERRA Grabouw is always special. It’s where I started. I’m very happy with my fourth victory.” “I’m absolutely delighted to come second today,” says Rabie. “I enjoy XTERRA because it’s tough and rocky. I was actually in competition with my boyfriend. We’ve both just retired from racing, and this was his first triathlon. He actually beat me, so I guess he takes the XTERRA crown.” Making her XTERRA debut on the day, Rachel Klamer (Netherlands) rounded off the podium in the women’s race. The Prize Purse for the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship was increased to a whopping R154 000. The top five finishers in the XTERRA Full men’s and women’s races received prize money, with the first place winners each taking home R30 000. “We were once again overwhelmed by the number of XTERRA Warriors that lined up on the start line today,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Even more impressive was the number of first time contenders. Grabouw offers the perfect setting for a world class event. We are thankful to all entrants for their support and look forward to continue growing the sport of XTERRA in South Africa.” Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Full event is the one to do if you’re a serious off-road triathlete, or keen to clinch one of the various age group qualification slots for the XTERRA World Championships taking place in Hawaii in October. Grabouw offers unforgiving, yet breath-taking terrain, and the chance to bring your family to either participate or spur you on across the finish line. It’s no wonder it’s the biggest XTERRA event in the world.” Forming part of the XTERRA World Tour, athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw stand a chance to qualify for the XTERRA World Championship that will take place in Maui later in the year. RESULTS: Fedhealth XTERRA South African ChampionshipMen 1 Richard Murray 02:22:46, 2 Bradley Weiss 02:23:05, 3 Stuart Marais 02:24:42, 4 Kris Coddens 02:31:36, 5 Theo Blignaut 02:31:59, 6 James Cunnama 02:34:32, 7 Francois Carloni 02:35:27, 8 Michael Lord 02:35:30, 9 Dominik Wychera 02:38:17, 10 Antoin Van Heerden 02:38:19 Women 1 Flora Duffy 02:39:00, 2 Mari Rabie 02:45:31, 3 Rachel Klamer 02:54:11, 4 Vicky Van Der Merwe 03:02:08, 5 Nicolette Griffioen 03:04:34, 6 Johandri Leicester 03:06:16, 7 Sylvia Van Tromp 03:08:23, 8 Kate Munnik 03:15:19, 9 Megan Skowno 03:15:30, 10 Colleen De Oliveria 03:17:25
  8. Olympians Richard Murray (South Africa) and Flora Duffy (Bermuda) claimed the coveted men’s and women’s Champions title at the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship in Grabouw on Saturday, 25 February 2017. Click here to view the article
  9. Reigning XTERRA World Champion, Flora Duffy (Bermuda) will return to the picturesque Grabouw Country Club on Saturday, 25 February 2017 to defend her South African Champion title at the largest XERRA in the world, the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship. Click here to view the article
  10. 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). EVENT INFORMATION: Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship (Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)Friday, 24 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run) 12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run) Saturday, 25 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 26km MTB, 12.5km trail run MTB: The route starts off with jeep track and features a variety of riding surfaces, but mostly hard packed surfaces. The majority of the climbing is done in the first half. There is, however a tester of a climb after the 16km mark. The second half of the race is mostly single track. Expect a few sandy patches due to the recent fires. The infamous rock garden is still included. Trail Run: Expect a variety of running surfaces, mostly single track in the first 6km with a refreshing water crossing. There is a loose climb between 6 -8km, followed by a sweeping jeep track down hill, some more single and jeep tracks before reaching the ‘beach run’ which will take runners back to the finish. Sunday, 26 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12.5km and 6.5km Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 15km MTB, 6.5km trail run MTB: The first half of the route is mostly jeep track with the majority of climbing happening in the first 7km, followed by mostly single tracks back to transition. The XTERRA Lite route incorporates less technical single tracks. The rock garden also does not feature here. Trail Run: Look forward to all the fun single tracks, without the big climbs. The infamous ‘beach run’ will still take runners to the finish. 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.
  11. Multisport athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship, the largest XTERRA in the world, at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club this coming weekend (24 – 26 February 2017) can look forward to a World Class experience. Click here to view the article
  12. XTERRA Warriors in action during the mountain bike discipline of the 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg “We are proud to host South Africa’s premier off road triathlon and the World’s largest XTERRA,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Grabouw is known for its beauty and the challenge that it pits athletes against. We are excited to welcome both local and international athletes to the South African Championship and look forward to witnessing XTERRA racing of the highest level.” According to Hendrico Burger, XTERRA Race Director, the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw is iconic because of its trails. “It’s a combination of elements that makes this route tough including the elite athlete factor, the varied terrain, the sprint to the first single track and the weather. Due to recent fires and harvesting, the landscape has changed dramatically. Large parts of the A – Z trails were either rebuilt or rerouted. All the iconic landmarks are still there though.” XTERRA Warriors to look out for in the men’s race will include: reigning XTERRA SA Champion Bradley Weiss, Olympian Richard Murray, Stuart Marais, Theo Blignaut, Brice Daubord (France), Jan Pyott (Switzerland) and Kris Coddens (Belgium). In the women’s race reigning XTERRA SA and XTERRA World Champion, Flora Duffy (Bermuda) will be gunning for her fourth consecutive XTERRA SA title. XTERRA Warriors hoping to throw a spanner in the works will include Carina Wasle (Austria), Rachel Klamer (Netherlands) and Sandra Koblmüller (Austria). Forming part of the XTERRA World Tour, athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw stand a chance to qualify for the XTERRA World Championship that will take place in Maui later in the year. EVENT INFORMATION: Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship (Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)Friday, 24 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run) 12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run) Saturday, 25 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 26km MTB, 12.5km trail run MTB: The route starts off with jeep track and features a variety of riding surfaces, but mostly hard packed surfaces. The majority of the climbing is done in the first half. There is, however a tester of a climb after the 16km mark. The second half of the race is mostly single track. Expect a few sandy patches due to the recent fires. The infamous rock garden is still included. Trail Run: Expect a variety of running surfaces, mostly single track in the first 6km with a refreshing water crossing. There is a loose climb between 6 -8km, followed by a sweeping jeep track down hill, some more single and jeep tracks before reaching the ‘beach run’ which will take runners back to the finish. Sunday, 26 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12.5km and 6.5km Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 15km MTB, 6.5km trail run MTB: The first half of the route is mostly jeep track with the majority of climbing happening in the first 7km, followed by mostly single tracks back to transition. The XTERRA Lite route incorporates less technical single tracks. The rock garden also does not feature here. Trail Run: Look forward to all the fun single tracks, without the big climbs. The infamous ‘beach run’ will still take runners to the finish. The Bos Sport Recovery Zone will be a welcomed oasis for XTERRA Warriors when they cross the finish line! Advice from the Race Director: • Arrive early to give yourself time for last minute issues that might arise. • Find out timeously where the swim starts. This may change due to the water level of the dam. • Make sure that you know where to get body marked prior to the swim start. • Understand the rules of the transition area including how and where to rack your bike. • Do not be scared to ride and/or run single tracks. • If you are a stronger competitor, try and position yourself in the first half after the swim as passing on the single tracks is not easy. • Most importantly, relax and enjoy the race. 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.
  13. Multisport enthusiasts will be granted the unique opportunity to obtain valuable training and nutrition tips from one of the worlds most decorated triathletes, Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz on Saturday, 18 February 2017 when he hosts an official XTERRA Training Day at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club in the build-up to the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship. Click here to view the article
  14. Multisport enthusiasts will be granted the unique opportunity to obtain valuable training and nutrition tips from one of the worlds most decorated triathletes, Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz on Saturday, 18 February 2017 when he hosts an official XTERRA Training Day at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club in the build-up to the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship. Photo Credit: Ewald Sadie According to the four-time XTERRA World Champion and three-time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion, group training for XTERRA is a great idea. “It is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the famed XTERRA Grabouw course, get specific XTERRA training done, meet fellow competitors and pick-up on some tips,” says Stoltz. “The training day will have a relaxed feel to it. Athletes can bring friends and family. It’s important to bring cycling gear, running gear, some snacks and energy fuel, a change of clean clothes and a swimming costume for the dip after training. Look forward to an ice cold BOS Sport at the finish, nothing beats it.” EVENT INFORMATION: XTERRA Training Day with ‘The Caveman’ Date: Saturday, 18 February 2017 Venue: Grabouw Country Club Entry Fee: Free to all 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Entrants Time: 08:00 – MTB Skills 10:00 – Trail Running Tips 12:00 – Swimming Technique Confirm your attendance: entries @stillwatersports.com Tips from ‘The Caveman': • Fancy, expensive equipment is not needed to enjoy XTERRA. The equipment does, however, need to be in good working condition. • Know your equipment. If you’ve been training you would be familiar with it all, but you’ll be shocked at the number of people who borrow a friend’s bike the night before the race and then realise something doesn’t work. • Know before you go: Goggles that work. How to remove your wetsuit/swim skin quickly. Tubeless wheels to avoid flats. The right tyre pressure so you don’t get flats and/or bounce around. Working gears and brakes so you can go and stop. Water bottles that don’t fly out the bike cage. Comfortable trail running shoes. For more tips, be sure to attend the XTERRA Training Day! EVENT INFORMATION: Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship (Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)Friday, 24 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run) 12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run) Saturday, 25 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 28km MTB, 12.5km trail run Sunday, 26 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12.5km and 5km Sunday, 26 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 12.5km MTB, 5km trail run 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. Forming part of the XTERRA World Tour, athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw stand a chance to qualify for the XTERRA World Championship that will take place in Maui later in the year.
  15. Returning to the majestic Grabouw Country Club the weekend of 24 – 26 February 2017, the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship has attracted the attention of a strong field of elite off-road triathletes, both locally and from abroad. Click here to view the article
  16. Bradley Weiss (Stellenbosch) in action during the 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Reigning XTERRA SA Champion, Bradley Weiss obliterated the field in 2016 with his impressive finishing time of 02 hours 30 minutes 42 seconds. Since this victory Weiss has placed first at XTERRA Philippines and second at the XTERRA Asia Pacific Tour. “XTERRA Grabouw is the largest XERRA in the world with one of the most demanding bike courses,” says Weiss. “The field is always deep, providing great competition and a very close and exciting race. I will be there to defend my title. Richard Murray has been one of SA’s best triathletes for the past few years. I believe he will bring the biggest challenge as well as Stuart Marais who won the title in 2015, but sadly missed out in 2016 due to illness.” Stuart Marais is looking forward to hard off-road racing. “I would like to win,” says Marais. “With XTERRA Grabouw attracting the cream of SA triathlon, there are a number of athletes who will be able to challenge for the overall win. The number of international athletes entered is testimony to the quality of the event that is hosted by Stillwater Sports. It's great to have strong competition. Hopefully I will be up to the challenge.” Brice Daubord (France) is ready for his second attempt at the SA title. “Due to a mechanical problem on the mountain bike course I did not finish the 2016 XTERRA Grabouw,” says Daubord. “My goal is to enjoy the event before, during and after the race. I am hoping for a top eight finish and expect tough competition from local, Bradley Weiss and my two friends Kris Coddens (Belgium) and Francois Carloni (France).” According to Jan Pyott (Switzerland), the XTERRA SA Championship in Grabouw is his favourite race. “The course is stunning. It features a bit of everything - it’s flowing, technical and scenic. The people in and around the race make it very special.” Kris Coddens (Belgium) is looking forward to his XTERRA SA debut. “I am a school teacher by profession. This is the first year that the event fits in with our school holiday. The beauty and grandeur of XTERRA Grabouw is iconic. I am hoping for a podium finish.” EVENT INFORMATION: Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship (Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)Friday, 24 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run) 12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run) Saturday, 25 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 28km MTB, 12.5km trail run Sunday, 26 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12.5km and 5km Sunday, 26 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 12.5km MTB, 5km trail run 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. Forming part of the XTERRA World Tour, athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw stand a chance to qualify for the XTERRA World Championship that will take place in Maui later in the year.
  17. Stuart Marais and Bradley Weiss going neck on neck during the Mountain Bike leg of the 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg “The Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay is unique as it has a ‘City Feel’ to it,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “It’s also the only XTERRA SA event to feature an Ocean swim. This adds an additional level of excitement while the beautiful Kings Beach serves as the perfect backdrop for XTERRA Warriors as they make their way to the finish line after a challenging day out on route.” According to Hendrico Burger, Fedhealth XTERRA Race Director, the start of the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay is sure to be fast. “The MTB discipline is mostly single track. It’s not very technical, but it will have a few challenging surprises. There will also only be a few short sections where XTERRA Warriors can juggle for positions. My advice to entrants is to train single track riding and running. Also practice your portage technique with your mountain bike. Lastly be sure to include a few beach-run sessions.” EVENT INFORMATION: Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay / Kings Beach (Eastern Cape)Friday, 10 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km Cycle, 600m Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run) 12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run) Saturday, 11 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 24.5km MTB, 9.7km trail run MTB Terrain: The route starts off on hard-packed jeep track. Expect some tarred sections in-between. Single track will however dominate, with a variety of surfaces and river crossings. There are two short portage sections. Highlights include contrasting areas, from suburban to the forest areas of Baakenskloof and even an old railway yard with some rail crossings. Trail Run: This discipline will start and finish with a beautiful beach run. Happy Valley’s trail variety is sure to impress. Expect some tarred sections, but mostly hard-packed single and jeep tracks with some sandy sections. XTERRA Warriors will do two laps in Happy Valley. Sunday, 12 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 9.7km and 4.9km Sunday, 12 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 12km MTB, 4.9km trail run MTB Terrain: The MTB discipline will start and finish on hard-packed jeep track. The route is similar to the Full route, except for the suburban areas. There will therefore be less tarred roads. Trail Run: The trail run route is the same as that of the Full, XTERRA Lite Warriors will however only do one lap.
  18. XTERRA Warriors taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay the weekend of 10 – 12 February 2017, will be pleased to hear that the mountain bike and trail run routes are marked and open to athletes to test. Click here to view the article
  19. Hi Guys, Some left some BLAKE Glasses in a FUBU case in the transition area at XTerra Bufflespoort with my kit, i thought it was my mates how set up next to me but it turns out he still has his. if you are missing some Please contact me. Regards Adam
  20. Brad Edwards in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg The Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort pitted athletes against a 1.5km swim, followed by a 26km mountain bike course before finishing off with a 12km trail run. Edwards had a stellar day out on route, leading the men’s race from start to finish. “I’ve learnt not to desire one big outcome, but instead to focus on each discipline individually. On the swim I worked hard at having a good stroke. I know that if I tick all the smaller boxes the outcome will be good. I’ve dreamed about winning an XTERRA. Crossing the finish line first today can be likened to when I won the under 23 Cross Tri World Championship.” “XTERRA has everything. It’s scenic, the routes are challenging and the organisation is amazing,” continues Edwards. “I’m looking forward to taking part at the XTERRA Grabouw next month. I know the course is challenging and the quality of athletes competing will be high. I will once again focus on the smaller goals. Hopefully I’ll be able to make top five.” Edwards completed the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw in an impressive finishing time of 02 hours 43 minutes 26 seconds. Darryn Purtell came in second, while Adriaan Myburgh finished third. Although plagued by bike mechanicals on the day, Nicolette Griffioen managed to regain composure and successfully defend her Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort title. “I’m not the fastest swimmer. So going into the race I just wanted to be consistent in the swim. I started to catch the leaders on the mountain bike discipline, but then my bike punctured at approximately 15km in. I first bombed the tyre and later plugged it, followed by another bomb. After that I decided to be more cautious. Going into the run I was in survival mode. I am very surprised that I managed to catch all the runners ahead of me. I am really happy with the win.” Griffioen completed the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort in a deserving time of 03 hours 21 minutes 43 seconds. Johandri Leicester came in second, while Adrienne Moolman finished third. “The Fedhealth XTERRA takes place early in the year, and as such, it is great preparation for serious triathletes training for events like Ironman or the Cape Epic, or the triathlete just looking to step up his or her game. It also means you can bring the family along for the Kids or Lite events and spend some quality time together!” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth. RESULTS:2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort Date: Saturday, 21 January 2017 Venue: Buffelspoort Dam / North West Province Individual Men 1 Brad Edwards 02:43:26, 2 Darryn Purtell 02:56:07, 3 Adriaan Myburgh 02:59:28, 4 Michael Ferreira 02:59:50, 5 Mitchel Ginsberg 03:00:45, 6 Phillipe Van Der Leeuw 03:05:34, 7 Marc Prize 03:11:59, 8 Werner Bosman 03:20:55, 9 Paul Olivier 03:21:06, 10 Rusty Royals 03:24:04 Individual Women 1 Nicolette Griffioen 03:21:43, 2 Johandri Leicester 03:30:44, 3 Adrienne Moolman 03:34:08, 4 Sylvia Van Tromp 03:37:17, 5 Melanie Melville 03:40:19, 6 Chrissie Viljoen 03:43:33, 7 Herme Visser 03:45:02, 8 Bronwyn Gordon 03:47:25, 9 Michelle Staal 03:47:43, 10 Carol Reeves 03:48:00 Teams 1 Die Wille Honde 03:17:07, 2 Rusty Royals 03:24:04, 3 Gar 03:27:25, 4 Bash & Associates 03:28:51, 5 The Klipdrifters 03:33:53, 6 Two And A Half Men 03:36:32, 7 WSP Team 2 03:57:44, 8 Orton Architects 03:58:26, 9 Team NFC 03:59:01, 10 3Kuns 03:59:07
  21. Brad Edwards and Nicolette Griffioen claimed gold at the first XTERRA race of the season, the Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort in the North West Province on Saturday, 21 January 2017. Click here to view the article
  22. Bradley Weiss in action at the 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg “Fedhealth is all about cultivating an active and healthy lifestyle. The XTERRA Series delivers both a gruelling challenge to experienced triathletes, and a great weekend out for families who are just trying to add physical activity to their everyday lifestyle. And for those members who really enjoy pushing themselves, there’s also the chance to compete in the XTERRA Reunion Challenge. So good luck, make sure you enter to qualify!” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth. This amazing prize is valued at around R25 000, and includes the flights, bicycle transport, airport taxes, transfers, accommodation of the winner and an entry into XTERRA Reunion. The winner’s name will be drawn directly after the final XTERRA SA Event of 2017, the Fedhealth XTERRA Lite, in Grabouw on Sunday, 26 February 2017. In order to qualify to be in the lucky draw for the trip to Reunion to participate in the XTERRA event in April, XTERRA SA Warriors must have competed at all three of the XTERRA SA events (in either the Lite or the Full races in Buffelspoort, Nelson Mandela Bay and Grabouw). “It’s a privilege to have a Title Sponsor that is just as passionate about the sport of XTERRA as we are,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “XTERRA South Africa boasts with the largest XTERRA in the world, the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw. We are both proud and excited to continue buidling on this legacy with Fedhealth in our corner.” EVENT INFORMATIONFedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort / Buffelspoort Dam (North West Province) Friday, 20 January 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run) 12-15 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run) Saturday, 21 January 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 26km MTB, 12km trail run Sunday, 22 January 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12km and 6km Sunday, 22 January 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 19km MTB, 6km trail run Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay / Kings Beach (Eastern Cape) Friday, 10 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run) 12-15 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run) Saturday, 11 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 28km MTB, 12km trail run Sunday, 12 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12km and 6km Sunday, 12 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 12km MTB, 6km trail run Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw / Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape) Friday, 24 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run) 12-15 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run) Saturday, 25 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 28km MTB, 12.5km trail run Sunday, 26 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12.5km and 5km Sunday, 26 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 12.5km MTB, 5km trail run EXCITING NEWS! - Fedhealth members will be pleased to hear that they can enter free of charge by typing in their Fedhealth membership number when entering on line.
  23. One lucky 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA entrant will stand the chance to win an exciting trip to the idyllic Reunion Island complements of Fedhealth, the Title Sponsor of the world’s largest XTERRA. Click here to view the article
  24. Ruan Van Zyl in action during the mountain bike leg of the Fedhealth XTERRA Lite. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Van Zyl made his XTERRA debut in 2013 at the Fedhealth XTERRA Lite Buffelspoort. “I love the XTERRA vibe,” says Van Zyl. “XTERRA is a lifestyle and a healthy one at that. It tests your body to the limits. Being under-19, this will be the last year that I will be able to compete competitively in the XTERRA Lite. Out of the three events, XTERRA Buffelspoort is my favourite. It’s always been good to me. It’s my track, my backyard.” “The XTERRA Lite is definitely a good introduction to the sport of XTERRA,” continues Van Zyl. “Entrants get the full experience of racing XTERRA, but just on a shorter course. Although I really enjoy the XTERRA Buffelsport mountain bike leg, the trail run course is also amazing and I would recommend it to anyone, even if it’s just to walk it. I have not yet raced at XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay, so I am really looking forward to it. XTERRA Grabouw is the highlight of the year as it’s the qualifier for the World Championship. The route is always challenging, but memorable. My goal is to win all three XTERRA Lite races.” EVENT INFORMATIONFedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort / Buffelspoort Dam (North West Province) Friday, 20 January 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run) 12-15 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run) Saturday, 21 January 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 26km MTB, 12km trail run Sunday, 22 January 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12km and 6km Sunday, 22 January 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 19km MTB, 6km trail run Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay / Kings Beach (Eastern Cape) Friday, 10 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run) 12-15 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run) Saturday, 11 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 28km MTB, 12km trail run Sunday, 12 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12km and 6km Sunday, 12 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 12km MTB, 6km trail run Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw / Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape) Friday, 24 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids 6-8 years (50m Swim, 1,5km Cycle, 1km Run) 9-11 years (100m Swim, 5km Cycle, 2km Run) 12-15 years (200m Swim, 10km Cycle, 3km Run) Saturday, 25 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 28km MTB, 12.5km trail run Sunday, 26 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12.5km and 5km Sunday, 26 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 12.5km MTB, 5km trail run Adventure seekers and/ or seasoned triathletes can sign up for the complete challenge of the Fedhealth XTERRA (1.5km swim, 26km MTB, 12km trail run), while new comers to the sport can take on the less daunting Fedhealth XTERRA Lite (400m swim, 19km MTB, 6km trail run). Both events also welcome team entries. A team needs to consist of a swimmer, a mountain biker and a trail runner.
  25. Up-and-coming off-road triathlete, Ruan Van Zyl will be seen in action at all three Fedhealth XTERRA Lite races in 2017 (Buffelspoort, Nelson Mandela Bay and Grabouw) before moving on to the Fedhealth XTERRA (long course) in 2018. Click here to view the article
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