According to the four-time XTERRA World Champion and three-time ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion, group training for XTERRA is a great idea. “It is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the famed XTERRA Grabouw course, get specific XTERRA training done, meet fellow competitors and pick-up on some tips,” says Stoltz. “The training day will have a relaxed feel to it. Athletes can bring friends and family. It’s important to bring cycling gear, running gear, some snacks and energy fuel, a change of clean clothes and a swimming costume for the dip after training. Look forward to an ice cold BOS Sport at the finish, nothing beats it.”
Date: Saturday, 18 February 2017
Venue: Grabouw Country Club
Entry Fee: Free to all 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw Entrants
08:00 – MTB Skills
10:00 – Trail Running Tips
12:00 – Swimming Technique
Confirm your attendance: entries @stillwatersports.com
Tips from ‘The Caveman':
• Fancy, expensive equipment is not needed to enjoy XTERRA. The equipment does, however, need to be in good working condition.
• Know your equipment. If you’ve been training you would be familiar with it all, but you’ll be shocked at the number of people who borrow a friend’s bike the night before the race and then realise something doesn’t work.
• Know before you go: Goggles that work. How to remove your wetsuit/swim skin quickly. Tubeless wheels to avoid flats. The right tyre pressure so you don’t get flats and/or bounce around. Working gears and brakes so you can go and stop. Water bottles that don’t fly out the bike cage. Comfortable trail running shoes.
For more tips, be sure to attend the XTERRA Training Day!
EVENT INFORMATION: Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship (Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)
Friday, 24 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids
6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run)
9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run)
12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run)
Saturday, 25 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full: 1.5km swim, 28km MTB, 12.5km trail run
Sunday, 26 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run: 12.5km and 5km
Sunday, 26 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite: 400m swim, 12.5km MTB, 5km trail run
The Prize Purse for the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw has increased to a whopping R154 000. The top five finishers in the XTERRA Full open men’s and women’s races will receive prize money, with the first place winners each taking home R30 000.
Forming part of the XTERRA World Tour, athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw stand a chance to qualify for the XTERRA World Championship that will take place in Maui later in the year.