SA hopefuls ready for XTERRA World Championship

Ten XTERRA SA hopefuls will proudly fly the flag on Sunday, 29 October 2017 when they line up to take on the world’s best at the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii.  All eyes will be on the Elite Men’s race where SA’s golden boy, Bradley Weiss (Stellenbosch), will be gunning to make his mark.  “This will be the third time that I race at the XTERRA World Championship,” says Weiss.  “I competed in my first XTERRA in 2011 and went to the World Championship for the first time in 2014.  There have been many highlights throughout my triathlon career, but my two proudest achievements would be winning our National XTERRA SA Title in 2016 and winning the XTERRA European Final in Denmark earlier this year.  I am hoping to execute the race that I know I am capable of.  I feel I have paid my dues at this stage and have the necessary experience not to make the same mistakes.  If I can cross the finish line knowing that I have executed my best race I will be very satisfied. The competitive nature of this race is second to none. I love how close the battle is each year.  My goal is and always has been to win.”  Seen here:  Bradley Weiss in action at the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw earlier this year.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Ten XTERRA SA hopefuls will proudly fly the flag on Sunday, 29 October 2017 when they line up to take on the world’s best at the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. All eyes will be on the Elite Men’s race where SA’s golden boy, Bradley Weiss (Stellenbosch), will be gunning to make his mark. “This will be the third time that I race at the XTERRA World Championship,” says Weiss. “I competed in my first XTERRA in 2011 and went to the World Championship for the first time in 2014. There have been many highlights throughout my triathlon career, but my two proudest achievements would be winning our National XTERRA SA Title in 2016 and winning the XTERRA European Final in Denmark earlier this year. I am hoping to execute the race that I know I am capable of. I feel I have paid my dues at this stage and have the necessary experience not to make the same mistakes. If I can cross the finish line knowing that I have executed my best race I will be very satisfied. The competitive nature of this race is second to none. I love how close the battle is each year. My goal is and always has been to win.” Seen here: Bradley Weiss in action at the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw earlier this year. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

Ten XTERRA SA hopefuls will proudly fly the flag on Sunday, 29 October 2017 when they line up to take on the world’s best at the XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii.

All eyes will be on the Elite Men’s race where SA’s golden boy, Bradley Weiss (Stellenbosch), will be gunning to make his mark. “This will be the third time that I race at the XTERRA World Championship,” says Weiss. “I competed in my first XTERRA in 2011 and went to the World Championship for the first time in 2014. There have been many highlights throughout my triathlon career, but my two proudest achievements would be winning our National XTERRA SA Title in 2016 and winning the XTERRA European Final in Denmark earlier this year.”

“I am hoping to execute the race that I know I am capable of,” continues Weiss. “I feel I have paid my dues at this stage and have the necessary experience not to make the same mistakes. If I can cross the finish line knowing that I have executed my best race I will be very satisfied. The competitive nature of this race is second to none. I love how close the battle is each year. My goal is and always has been to win.”

Other XTERRA SA Warriors that will battle it out on route will include: Gary Thomas (19-24 age group), Chris Visser (19-24 age group), Martin Havenga (25-29 age group), Zane Coetzee (25 – 29 age group), Sylvia van Tromp (35-39 age group), Frederic Magnin (40-44 age group), Brenton Ashby (45-49 age group), Sean David McCarthy (50-54 age group) and Jacobus Verster (60-64 age group).

“I love taking part in any outdoor activity,” says van Tromp (Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng). “XTERRA allows me to see South Africa and explore the world. I am proudly South African. I hope to enjoy every minute at the XTERRA World Championship.  My goal is to podium in my age group.”

For Ashby (Hout Bay, Cape Town) it’s an honour to represent South Africa at the World Championship. “This will be my first time competing at the World Championship, but hopefully not my last. I’m motivated to do my absolute best on the day.”

“I enjoy XTERRA because it’s a lovely challenge,” says McCarthy (Parklands, Cape Town). “I competed in my first XTERRA Full this year and placed 2nd in my age group. I am proud to represent my country and am hoping for a podium finish.”

Verster (Pretoria) competed in his first XTERRA at the age of 40. “The combination of exercise, nature and endorphins make me feel alive,” says Verster. “This will be the first time that I go to the World Championship. I am very proud. My goal is to finish with a smile and tick this box on my bucket list.”

XTERRA World Championship in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Date: Sunday, 29 October 2017
Start Time: 09:00 Hawaaii
  21:00 SA Time

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The 2018 XTERRA World Tour will kick off in South Africa at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club (Western Cape) the weekend of 23 – 25 February 2018.

The XTERRA World Tour gives athletes around the world a chance to race in off-road triathlons and trail runs in some of the most diverse, spectacular, and challenging natural environments on the planet – from tropical jungles to snow-covered alps.  Pro athletes compete for pro prize monies, while amateurs race for national titles and coveted slots to the World Championship in Maui, Hawaii.

Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship

Date: Event:
Friday, 23 February 2018 ·       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, 24 February 2018 ·       XTERRA Trail Run: 6km and/or 6km
  ·       Fedhealth XTERRA Full:   1.5km Swim, 25.6km MTB, 12.6km Trail Run
Sunday, 25 February 2018 ·       Fedhealth XTERRA Lite:   400m swim, 14km MTB, 6.5km Trail Run

ENTRIES ARE OPEN!

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For further information or to enter the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw (South African Championships) please contact 082 991 0045, email entries@stillwatersports.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com