Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort Crown Edwards, Griffioen Champions

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. 

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 Buffelspoort 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.

Next Up in Buffelspoort:

Date: Event:
Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:00 / Fedhealth XTERRA Trail Run:  12km and 6km
Sunday, 22 January 2017 09:00 / Fedhealth XTERRA Lite:  400m swim, 19km MTB, 6km trail run

Next on the Fedhealth XTERRA SA Calendar:

Event: Dates:
Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay / Eastern Cape 10 – 12 February 2017
Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw / Western Cape 24 – 26 February 2017

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Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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