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Champion Carina back to defend title

Reigning DueSouth XTERRA endurance event champion Carina Wasle will defend her title in Grabouw on Saturday 20 February.

She’s just one of a group of leading international athletes who will take on the South African finals.

Wasle comes from Austria and says that the XTERRA is her passion. ÔÇ£Last year I competed at my first XTERRA event and I liked it so much that I just had to come back this year.┬áThe mountain bike course is fast, but also technical and the running course is just fun.

“I especially enjoy the climbs during the run discipline and of course the funny signs that I came across along the route really made me laugh. After Grabouw, I will then focus on the XTERRA European Tour where there are races in Portugal, Sardinia, Czech, France, Germany and Switzerland.

“My aim for this year is to win the European Tour, after which I would like to take part in the US Champs.┬á After these events I will hopefully be in great shape for the highlight of the year – the XTERRA World Champs in Maui,ÔÇØ says Wasle.

Wasle’s impressive track record during the past racing season includes podium positions at the Winter-World-Champs and XTERRA Czech as well as runner-up at the XTERRA European Champs in Austria and fourth places at the XTERRA US Champs and the XTERRA World Champs in Maui.

Among the other top athletes to watch out for on the day include Mari Rabie, Dan Hugo, Kent Horner, Rob Woestenborghs (Belgium) and Nico Pfitzenmaier (Germany).

Rabie showed good form going into the event by winning the 10km section of the inaugural 27 For Freedom race in Paarl at the weekend.

The local XTERRA series forms part of the Global Tour and athletes will have the opportunity to qualify for the world championship final in Hawaii later this year.

The global series spans more than 90 qualifying events in 13 countries and takes competitors to some of the most spectacular and challenging courses around the globe.

Featuring three disciplines, individual athletes or teams of three can tackle the full challenge, consisting of a 1.5km swim, 25km mountain bike route and 10km trail run.  XTERRA Lite athletes will need to complete a 400m swim, 12km MTB route and 5km trail run.

For the first time in the history of the event entries had to be closed a week prior to the event due to a record number of entries having been processed.

DATE: Saturday, 20 February 2010
VENUE: Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape
START: Trail Run ÔÇô 6.30am, DueSouth XTERRA Lite ÔÇô 8.30am, DueSouth XTERRA ÔÇô 11am
REGISTRATION: Wednesday, 17 February and Thursday, 18 February 2010:  DUESOUTH Store
(Canal Walk) from 09h00 till 21h00
RACE BRIEFING: 15 minutes before the start of the race at the water’s edge