Trading my thin TT wheels for a bit of offraod action is always a treat. I thoroughly enjoy mountain biking and the people associated to the sport of Xterra.
This year was the 2nd event in Port Elizabeth, the beautiful Kings Beach and Port Elizabeth really showed off with an absolute gem of a day.
The Xterra course in the centre of PE is truly unique. The swim is special, in the warm water of the indian ocean makes it one of very few ocean swim Xterras from anywhere in the world.
The mountain bike is what makes this course. Plenty of technical sections, steep punchy climbs and beautifully maintained trails in the heart of the city. I was amped to race after a long absence from mtb riding.
I went out nice and strong in the swim and enjoyed the comfy warm water. I exited in 4th with Brad Weiss, some 30sec off the lead. We quickly closed the gap and Brad was pushing to open a gap. I settled down to my own pace and kept the gap to below 60sec heading into T2.
It was a 2 horse race with Brad clearly stronger than I on the run. I managed to hold my own for tbe first 6km, but wasn’t making any progress, so I settled into a gentle rhythm and enjoyed a few chats and banter with fellow athletes out on course.
I felt proud of Brad today, having broken a bone in his wrist towards the end of last year, he has worked hard to come back strong and this being a welcome back to form win for the young SA talent and my good mate.
Fantastic job by the Stillwater crew and my title partner, Fedhealth Medical Aid, on a great effort n putting on another world class event. I look forward to Xterra Grabouw in 2 weeks, the holy grail of Xterra SA.
Well done to all my fellow athletes, that was a tough route and the humid EC weather made it even more tricky.