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‘Cave Man’ wins again

Conrad Stoltz continues to dominate the United States off-road triathlon scene.

Within the space of 10 days, the South African they call the ÔÇ£Cave ManÔÇØ won his third Xterra Triathlon of the season as well as the the Xterra East Championship off-road triathlon pro title in Richmond, Virginia.

Once again the conditions were in the mid 30-degree Celcius range and it seems Stoltz relishes the heat as the previous week they were also in that region.

The ÔÇ£Cave ManÔÇØ had the second-best swim time with a 12min 42sec effort (just 20 seconds off Seth Wealing), the fastest 24km bike split by far (a blazing 52:11), and went on to turn in the quickest 10km run of the day in 40:24.┬á It all added up to yet another win for the tall South African ÔÇô his fourth straight on the XTERRA America Tour this year, and fifth win in six years here in Richmond.

ÔÇ£Since I finished high school in 1991 I’ve been racing professionally so I’ve had basically 18 summers back-to-back, so I’m familiar with the heat,ÔÇØ said Stoltz.┬á ÔÇ£I’m not great in the heat, though, so I have to prepare for it, which means pacing and never going too hard in the swim, bike or run.┬á The whole race I had to pull back a little bit, pull back a little, and make sure I had some energy left for the run,ÔÇØ he told Xterra News after winning in 1hr 46min 28sec.

South Africans will be happy to see 25-year-old Dan Hugo back in action. This was his first race on the 2010 on the USA Xterra circuit and for most of the race he was running on his own in second place, ending in 1:47:39.

Stoltz pocketed $1,800 for the victory with Hugo taking home $1,250.

Meanwhile the duo’s South African countryman, Kate Roberts continues her impressive 2010 season.

She placed second in Bardolino, Italy, at the weekend. In wet conditions Roberts showed gutsy determination after falling heavily on the bike and losing quite a bit of ground on the field.

But clearly all the hard work of training in Australia at the beginning of the year, is now paying off, as Roberts ran her best ever 10km split of 35:38 to finish second behind training partner Vicky Holland.

Roberts now goes into a heavy training block at her base in Davos before the next World Championship Series race in Hamburg on July 18. Roberts is currently ranked 12th in the world and a good performance in Hamburg could see her move up into the top 10.