Countdown to XTERRA Grabouw begins

Ruan van Zyl in action during the 2017 XTERRA South African Championships.  Photo Credit:  Jetline Action Photo

Ruan van Zyl in action during the 2017 XTERRA South African Championships. Photo Credit: Jetline Action Photo

The Elgin Grabouw Country Club will be the hub of excitement on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 February 2019 with off-road adventure seekers of all ages putting their skills to the test at the largest XTERRA in the World, the XTERRA South African Championships.


Ruan van Zyl (20) from Pretoria is one such athlete.  “The sport of XTERRA has so many factors,” says van Zyl who is currently a 2nd year Design student at Inscape College.  “It encourages a healthy lifestyle, features healthy competition, introduces me to new people and allows me to improve on a daily basis.  With XTERRA Grabouw being the biggest XTERRA in the world, there are a lot of lessons to learn within the race.  Having it in South Africa just makes it more special as we are able to share our beautiful country with XTERRA athletes from all over the world.”


“I have many XTERRA heroes,” continues van Zyl.  “My top three are all South African.  Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz is one of the most amazing athletes. His history of winning races just says it all.  Watching Bradley Weiss become the world champion just gave me motivation to try to race up there with him one day.  Dan Hugo was one of my favorite XTERRA athletes.  I can only hope to be just as humble as Dan.  I am really excited to be racing again and cannot wait to get out there with the big names of XTERRA.”


Junior adventure seekers can experience the action of the largest XTERRA in the world by signing up for the XTERRA Kids Race on Saturday, 23 February 2019.


“The XTERRA Kids Race is always the source of much excitement,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “It is heartwarming to see moms, dads, grandparents and siblings supporting the junior XTERRA warriors from start to finish.  The XTERRA Kids Race will be hosted on the Saturday after the XTERRA Lite which means junior XTERRA Warriors (whose parents are taking part in the XTERRA Lite) will get to watch mom and dad in action before experiencing the fun themselves.  We look forward to hosting two fun-filled days for the entire family out in Grabouw.”


EVENT INFORMATION:   XTERRA Grabouw (Elgin-Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)


Date: Event:
Saturday, 23 February 2019 XTERRA Lite: 
  Format:  400m swim, +-14km MTB, +-6.5km Trail Run
  Entry Fee:   Lite Individual Entry / R600.00
  Entry Fee:  Lite Team Entry / R900.00
  XTERRA Kids:
  Event 1:  6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run)
  Event 2:  9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run)
  Event 3:  12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run)
  Entry Fee:  R100.00
Sunday, 24 February 2019 XTERRA (full event)
  Format:  1.5km Swim, +-27km MTB, +-12.4km Trail Run
  Entry Fee:  Individual  Entry / R1200.00
  Entry Fee:  Team Entry / R1500.00





SPECTACULAR ROUTES:  The 2019 XTERRA Grabouw will treat off-road adventure seekers to an exciting route experience.  “XTERRA Full entrants can expect a brand new MTB and trail run experience,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “The MTB route will follow the Northern trails (new to XTERRA) for the first 12km before heading back towards single track heaven.  An easier trail run route will take entrants around the dam and will also feature spectacular single track.  The iconic beach run to the finish will still close off the race.”


“Although only half the distance of the Full Race, the XTERRA Lite routes should not be underestimated,” advises Meyer.  “The mountain bike route will include its fair share of hills and single track.  The trail run route will pose its own challenges, but the effort will be rewarded with spectacular views and a lasting feeling of accomplishment.”


EXCITING NEWS:  The XTERRA Grabouw (Full Race) will serve as a selection race for the 2019 ITU Cross Tri World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.  In order to be considered for the SA team athletes must be fully licensed with TSA before race day.   For further information please visit:


All XTERRA Lite and Full entries will receive an official event t-shirt.


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For further information or to enter XTERRA Grabouw please contact 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.comor visit