The 2019 XTERRA World Championship Qualifying Series schedule boasts 39 events in 29 countries, each providing athletes with an opportunity to qualify for Maui, Hawai’i. First up for athletes seeking qualification to the XTERRA World Championship in Maui is the XTERRA South Africa Championship race at the Grabouw Country Club just outside of Cape Town.
XTERRA South Africa takes place on February 24. Home to XTERRA Hall of Famers Conrad Stoltz and Dan Hugo, as well as present-day icon Brad Weiss, the organising team note that the event ‘sits atop the global depth chart in participation, quality, and character’.
“We’re thrilled to have XTERRA South Africa kick off the 2019 XTERRA World Tour racing schedule,” said XTERRA President, Janet Clark. “They live and breathe XTERRA in South Africa. It’s where champions are made and honoured; and for our international community, it’s a true destination race. A place where you can experience African drummers welcome you out of the water and to the finish line, then go on a Safari adventure the next day.”
The experience is especially tempting for those from the Northern hemisphere, where it can be freezing in February. XTERRA adds that, ‘in South Africa it’s summertime and the weather is wonderful.’
“And the organization is world-class,” continued Clark. “Michael Meyer and his team are the best in the business, create magnificent racing routes, and welcome athletes both young and old, from first-timers to world champs.”
The main event mixes a 1.5K swim with a 26K mountain bike and 12K trail run.. XTERRA South Africa also includes a kids race, sprint race, and relay team competitions that accommodate and entertain thousands of off-road triathletes and their families.
“We’ve had 15 magnificent years of hosting XTERRA in South Africa and are extremely proud of the fact that for the past couple of years XTERRA SA has donned the crown of largest XTERRA in the world,” said Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.
“We are thankful for the support received both from local and international XTERRA Warriors, and together with our existing sponsors and partners (whom we appreciate immensely) we look forward to welcoming each and every entrant to the 2019 XTERRA Grabouw for an off-road adventure like no other.”
“Having family and friends on the side line is something I truly love, making it a really special race for me,” said Brad Weiss, the reigning XTERRA South Africa Champ. “Having the opportunity to race for them is amazing. Plus, XTERRA Grabouw is the largest XTERRA in the world with one of the most demanding bike courses. The field is always deep, providing great competition and a very close and exciting race. It’s the perfect race to start off the season.”