XERRA World Champion Bradley Weiss started his year off with a bang claiming gold at the Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship in Elgin-Grabouw on Saturday, 24 February 2018 in an impressive time of 02 hours 28 minutes 55 seconds.
Weiss lost the XTERRA SA title to Olympian Richard Murray in 2017 after suffering a double puncture during the MTB discipline. “The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw is my favorite race of the year,” admits Weiss. “Before the start of the swim I heard an announcement about an athlete who had gone to the Common Wealth Games and was racing today. I didn’t know what to expect. I exited the water in third place, but managed to close the gap by the time that we’d reached the first big climb on the mountain bike discipline.”
“Once I was back in the lead I just settled into my own rhythm,” continues Weiss. “My lead kept building. I just focused on executing a good race. To win on home soil is very special. I would like to thank Fedhealth and Stillwater Sports for putting on an incredible show.” Michael Lord came in second, while Brice Daubord (France) finished third.
Carina Wasle (Austria) claimed her third Fedhealth XTERRA SA title in a deserving time of 02 hours 51 minutes 43 seconds. “I had a very good race,” says Wasle. “I always start a race with the goal to win. My swim was perfect. I was first on the bike and just kept my lead. I am very happy to win today.” Hayley Preen came in second, while Johandri Leicester finished third.
Says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth: “The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw is a great event for the serious off-road triathlete, where you can clinch one of the various age group qualification slots for the XTERRA World Championships taking place later this year. 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 in the world.”