Four-time Xterra world champion and multi-sport legend Conrad Stoltz had spectators on the edge of their seats at the Duesouth Xterra presented by Rehidrat┬« Sport on Thursday.
Widely known as the Caveman, Stolz completed the course at the Pezula Field of Dreams in an astonishing time of 1hr 38min 07sec for the combination of the three kilometre trail run, 23km mountain bike and 7km trail run.┬áHanlie Booyens walked off with her second consecutive Xterra Knysna win in the individual women’s category.
Stoltz says he was really looking forward to competing against former multiple South African mountain bike champion Kevin Evans.┬áÔÇ£Kevin and I have competed at many of the same mountain bike events, but never have we had the opportunity to go neck on neck, both racing for a win.┬áRacing against such a talented athlete was truly an honor for me.┬á Xterra Knysna is the perfect introduction to the sport.┬á It was great to see so many new participants out on the day,ÔÇØ says Stoltz.┬áEvans came in second (1:41:43), while Lieuwe Boonstra finished third (1:42:45).
For Boonstra this much loved event was an extra special experience as it was his last professional Xterra race on home soil.┬á He plans on shifting his focus to mountain bike stage races such as the Contego Wines2Whales MTB Race.
In the women’s race Booyens took no prisoners on the day, crossing the finish line in a fine time of 2:03:51. For Booyens an Xterra win is always worth a celebration.┬á ÔÇ£I am really happy to have been able to make it two wins in a row.┬áThe Xterra Knysna is always tough as it is seriously fast and requires athletes to race flat box from the start to the finish.┬áThanks to the recent rain the mountain bike discipline was more technical, which is to my advantage.┬áI’m really happy with my performance and look forward to returning next year,ÔÇØ says Booyens. Landie Visser came in second (2:08:19), while Alae Brand (2:11:12) finished third.
Team ‘Upstarts’ took gold in the male team category. Team ‘Glynnis & Jane’ came first in the women’s team category, while team ‘Destinations’ was the first mixed team across the finish line on the day.
In the Xterra Lite event, Steve Attwell was victorious in the individual men’s race, completing the course in 1:07:05.┬áPhilip van Niekerk came in second, while Frans Grotepass finished third.┬áIn the women’s category, Marguerite van Niekerk (1:20:30) walked off with the individual women’s title.