Olympian Flora Duffy (Bermuda) claimed the coveted women’s Champion title at the 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship in Grabouw on Saturday, 25 February 2017.
Duffy successfully secured her fourth consecutive Fedhealth XTERRA South African Champion title in a deserving time of 02 hours 39 minutes. “Being the first race of the season, you don’t really know where you’re at,” says Duffy. “I was a little nervous, but everything went well and I had a lot of fun. I had a good swim, sticking to Mari’s feet. On the bike I worked hard on the climb, and went smoothly on the technical sections. I’m currently nursing a hip injury, so on the run I decided to practice more control. XTERRA Grabouw is always special. It’s where I started. I’m very happy with my fourth victory.”
“I’m absolutely delighted to come second today,” says Rabie. “I enjoy XTERRA because it’s tough and rocky. I was actually in competition with my boyfriend. We’ve both just retired from racing, and this was his first triathlon. He actually beat me, so I guess he takes the XTERRA crown.”
Making her XTERRA debut on the day, Rachel Klamer (Netherlands) rounded off the podium in the women’s race.
The Prize Purse for the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship was increased to a whopping R154 000. The top five finishers in the XTERRA Full men’s and women’s races received prize money, with the first place winners each taking home R30 000.
“We were once again overwhelmed by the number of XTERRA Warriors that lined up on the start line today,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Even more impressive was the number of first time contenders. Grabouw offers the perfect setting for a world class event. We are thankful to all entrants for their support and look forward to continue growing the sport of XTERRA in South Africa.”
Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Full event is the one to do if you’re a serious off-road triathlete, or keen to clinch one of the various age group qualification slots for the XTERRA World Championships taking place in Hawaii in October. Grabouw offers unforgiving, yet breath-taking terrain, and the chance to bring your family to either participate or spur you on across the finish line. It’s no wonder it’s the biggest XTERRA event in the world.”
Forming part of the XTERRA World Tour, athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw stood a chance to qualify for the XTERRA World Championship that will take place in Maui later in the year.
NEXT UP: Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship (Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)
Sunday, 26 February 2017
XTERRA Trail Run: 12.5km and 6.5km
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 15km MTB, 6.5km trail run
MTB: The first half of the route is mostly jeep track with the majority of climbing happening in the first 7km, followed by mostly single tracks back to transition. The XTERRA Lite route incorporates less technical single tracks. The rock garden also does not feature here.
Trail Run: Look forward to all the fun single tracks, without the big climbs. The infamous ‘beach run’ will still take runners to the finish.
The Bos Sport Recovery Zone will be a welcomed oasis for XTERRA Warriors when they cross the finish line!
For further information on the Fedhealth XTERRA contact 082 991 0045 or email email@example.com
Issued by: NEWSPORT MEDIA
On behalf of: STILLWATER SPORTS