Reigning XTERRA SA champions Stuart Marais (Stellenbosch) and Flora Duffy (Bermuda) will be forced to bring their A-Games in order to contend with the likes of Jan Pyott (Switzerland), Niels Brandt-Jørgensen (Norway), Aiden Dunster (New Zealand), Simone Calamai (Italy), Carina Wasle (a former XTERRA Grabouw champion from Austria) and Dominik Wychera (Austria).
According to New Zealander, Aiden Dunster, he came to South Africa to gain more international XTERRA experience. “I took part at XTERRA Buffelspoort in January. The experience was great. I’ve heard that the XTERRA Grabouw course is tough and challenging. XTERRA races are made to be hard, so I expect that the toughest part of XTERRA Grabouw will be the entire race. My goal will be to finish, but also to podium with my head held high.”
Austrian Carina Wasle is no stranger to XTERRA Grabouw, having toed the line seven times already. “I competed at XTERRA Grabouw for the first time in 2009 and have come back ever since. It’s a great event in the middle of a fantastic landscape. The mountain bike course features a bit of everything: hills, lots of trails, rocky down hills and the infamous technical rock garden. It’s unique. The run is quite challenging with lots of climbing, but for sure one of my favourite runs. My goal will be to go hard, challenge the other girls and podium.”
“The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw course epitomises the sport of XTERRA. It is challenging, but rewarding,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “We are excited to welcome such a strong field of international athletes to XTERRA South Africa. Their presence on the start line will definitely add to the excitement, while giving many of our local XTERRA Warriors the unique opportunity to pit their skill against an elite international contingent. We look forward to an exciting day of racing.”
Additional top contenders to look out for will include: Bradley Weiss, Theo Blignaut, Antoine Van Heerden, Carla Van Huyssteen and Susan Sloan.
EVENT INFORMATION: Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw (Western Cape)
|Friday, 19 February 2016||Fedhealth XTERRA Kids|
|Age Group 6-8yrs: Swim: 50m; MTB: 1.5km; Trail Run: 500m|
|Age Group 9-11: Swim: 100m; MTB: 5km; Trail Run: 2km|
|Age Group 12-14: Swim: 200m; MTB: 10km; Trail Run: 3km|
|Saturday, 20 February 2016||Fedhealth XTERRA Full ~ Swim: 1.5km; MTB: 28km; Trail Run: 12.5km|
|Sunday, 21 February 2016||Fedheatlh XTERRA Lite ~ Swim: 400m; MTB: 12.5km; Trail Run: 5km|
|Sunday, 21 February 2016||PUMA Trail Run ~ 6km and 12km|
After a gruelling day out on route, XTERRA Warriors can look forward to recovering in the NUUN Recovery Zone. “We’ll be there to put back what the race takes out with cold coolers of our proprietary blend of electrolytes in natural, delicious flavours – all without any sugars. Get excited for refreshing flavours like Strawberry Lemonade, Tri-Berry, Fruit Punch, Lemon and Lime and Citrus Fruit,” says Etienne du Plessis, CEO of NUUN.
Another special feature to look forward to in the NUUN Recovery Zone will be the serving of the proudly South African ButtaNutt series of authentic tree nut spreads. “Our spreads are filled with healthy fats and proteins for sustained energy. ButtaNutt will also be giving away an entire year’s supply to one lucky XTERRA finisher at each of the three events,” says Antoine van Heerden, Managing Director of ButtaNutt.