Weiss, Wasle win XTERRA South Africa and more from the XTERRA Planet

February 24th, 2018

Weiss, Wasle win XTERRA South Africa and more from the XTERRA Planet

Hometown hero Bradley Weiss and Austrian Carina Wasle captured the 15th annual Fedhealth XTERRA South Africa Championship elite titles on cool, cloudy morning at the Elgin-Grabouw Country Club in the Western Cape on Saturday.

Hometown hero Bradley Weiss and Austrian Carina Wasle captured the 15th annual Fedhealth XTERRA South Africa Championship elite titles on cool, cloudy morning at the Elgin-Grabouw Country Club in the Western Cape on Saturday.

It’s the second SA victory for the reigning XTERRA World Champion, who picked up his first home country win in 2016, and the third for Wasle, who also won here in 2009 and 2011.

“It’s my favorite race of the year,” exclaimed Weiss, who was wearing the World Champion rainbow stripes on his racing kit for the first time.

Weiss exited the water in third but took over the lead by the first big climb on the bike and never looked back, taking the tape in 2:28:55.

“Once I was in the lead I just settled into my own rhythm,” he said. “My lead kept building. I just focused on executing a good race. To win on home soil is very special. I would like to thank Fedhealth and Stillwater Sports for putting on an incredible show.”

Fellow South African Michael Lord finished second, while Brice Daubord from France finished third. Of note, Ironman star Sebastian Kienle withdrew prior to the event. He cited a “minor crash that slightly bruised his ribs” on his twitter account, @SebastianKienle.

In the women’s chase Wasle led from wire-to-wire and crossed the line in 2:51:43.

“I had a very good race,” said Wasle. “I always start a race with the goal to win. My swim was perfect. I was first on the bike and just kept my lead. I am very happy to win today. It was a perfect race on a fantastic course!”

South African stars Hayley Preen and Johandri Leicester placed second and third, respectively.

Jeremy Yatt, the principal officer of the title sponsors from Fedhealth, said “The Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw is a great event for the serious off-road triathlete, where you can clinch one of the various age group qualification slots for the XTERRA World Championships taking place later this year. Grabouw offers unforgiving, yet breath-taking terrain, and the chance to bring your family to either participate or spur you on across the finish line. It’s no wonder it’s the biggest XTERRA in the world.”

The main event, which was the first of 35 majors on the 2018 XTERRA World Tour, combined a 1.5-kilometer swim, 26K mountain bike and 12K trail run.

Complete Results / Photos / PreRace Interviews / Kids Race Highlights

Learn more at stillwatersports.com.



On March 24th, the 16th annual XTERRA Real Off-Road Triathlon will open the 2018 XTERRA season for the West Region. The race takes place at Granite Beach on Folsom Lake in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s just east of Sacramento, California.

“XTERRA Real is definitely an XTERRA tradition,” said race director Mark Shaw. “Some of our previous years’ champs include Jamie Whitmore, Lesley Paterson, Emma Garrard, Melanie McQuaid, Mike Pigg, Ben Hoffman, and XTERRA commentator Whit Raymond.”

This year, look for Tim Helms – who placed fourth in 2016 – as well as XTERRA elites, Kara LaPoint and Jessie Koltz, who placed 13th and 17th respectively at the 2017 XTERRA World Championship.

Nick Diaz, professional MMA fighter will also be racing. He has previously said that he uses triathlon training as a way to get into top shape.

Rather than being named for the place it’s held, the race gained its moniker “Real” because race director, Bill Driskill, wanted an off-road course that felt authentic.

The venue of XTERRA Real is ideal, with parking next to both transition and the expo. The swim will be held on the Main Beach, the mountain bike loop heads to the north, and the separate run loop heads to the south.

“The courses are in great shape this year,” added Shaw. “The mountain bike and run are smooth, fast, flowy, single track through forested oaks, pines, firs and buckeye trees along the shores and rolling hills along Folsom Lake. While the course is beginner-friendly, expect technical sections for the experts, including sand, rock scrambles, hill climbs, and fast descents.”

Shaw also added that the water temperature could get up to as high as 60 degrees – which is practically balmy for northern California – because of a lack of snow melt.

XTERRA Real is the first of five races in the West region this season. After Real, West region races include favorites like XTERRA Renegade in San Dimas, California (May 6), XTERRA Dueces Wild in Arizona (June 10), XTERRA Tahoe City (June 16), and the 2018 West Region finale at XTERRA Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada on August 19. Then, for those looking to get an early jump on points for next year, XTERRA Rockhopper in Arizona is a great fall race which will count towards 2019 points.

Learn more about how the XTERRA America Tour works.

Learn more about XTERRA Real at http://totalbodyfitness.com.


XTERRA World Champions Mimi Stockton, Melanie McQuaid, Mauricio Mendez, and Lesley Paterson all have enticing training camps on the horizon.

In Scottsdale, April 26-29, five-time XTERRA age-group world champ and XTERRA Couch to Trail training tips author Mimi Stockton will lead 12 lucky adventurists on a journey to discover their best selves.

“We want to welcome beginners to the joys of off-road racing with mountain bike trails that will build confidence and allow them to experience the fun of being in the dirt,” said Stockton. “We also have coaching and trails for intermediate and advanced athletes as well.”

Stockton, of Next Level Endurance, will have multiple coaches on-site to accommodate 12 athletes from beginners to experts. She said she chose Scottsdale because of the great weather, variety of trails, and beautiful location. She will offer both mountain bike sessions as well as swim and run clinics that will focus on both technique and fitness.

Learn more at https://nextlevelendurance.net

In Victoria, one of the all-time XTERRA greats is getting back to her off-road roots as three-time XTERRA World Champ Melanie McQuaid will be leading the Tri the Dirt off-road triathlon camp from April 27th-29th at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia. She and former pro mountain biker, Adam Walker will offer intense mountain bike coaching for both beginners and expert off-road athletes.

“For XTERRA and mountain bike racing, fundamental technical skills are always going to be a limiter if they are not in place,” said McQuaid of her decision to offer a camp. “So, I figure the most important coaching I could offer are the technical aspects of XTERRA and off-road triathlon. I partnered with Adam, an experienced skills coach, so together we can offer a camp of technical coaching that will blow people away.”

The Tri the Dirt Camp will kick off Friday evening with a hill running session and dinner. Saturday will begin with a mountain bike skills workshop, a session on bike set-up, and continue with a lesson on skills, including angulation, rotation, cornering, and pumping. The day will conclude with an open water swim practice. Sunday will be equally awesome and will include another mountain bike skills session and a duathlon to practice transitions.

McQuaid added that her camp is neither a train-cation nor a mad, overtraining opportunity. “We are going to make you better technically. You will see immediate results and take away knowledge that will continue to improve and break through to new levels in your sport.”

But this is also camp, meaning that the weekend is pretty much guaranteed to be a blast.

“In general, mountain biking demands a laid-back attitude,” said McQuaid. “It’s part of the culture. So as soon as a mountain bike is involved, people relax, have fun, and enjoy the connection to nature and other athletes. You are coming to Canada. We pride ourselves on friendliness, politeness, and kicking serious ass on mountain bikes. We would love to demonstrate all of the above at Tri the Dirt Camp.”

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Finally, this summer, think about what a riot it would be to train with XTERRA World Champs Lesley Paterson and Mauricio Mendez in Cozumel, Mexico!

The two gregarious stars will lead a camp dubbed the “Braveheart Sunshine Suffer-fest” from August 16-19 at the picture-perfect resort of El Cozumeleño. And, Lesley’s husband, the renowned sport psychologist, Dr Simon Marshall, will work with you on your mental game as well.

Email simon@braveheartcoach.com to learn more.


2017 XTERRA Texas Regional Champ Hans Ryham is literally doubling down this year and going after the XTERRA Double Award. The “Double” is the award given annually to pro and amateur men and women with the fastest combined XTERRA World Championship and Ironman World Championship time.

Ryham became inspired after placing 13th in the 35-39 age group at the XTERRA World Championship last year with a time of 3:15:15.

“I’ve had an interest in doing the Double for a while, and having seen that the top Double amateurs finished the race at XTERRA Worlds just minutes before me, I made up my mind and said 2018 is the year to do it.”

In 2017, Philipp Widmann claimed the amateur Double title with an XTERRA time of 3:11:13.

Ryham admitted that this decision was made in the halcyon days following the XTERRA World Championship, but since November, he has been backing up this lofty goal with plenty of honest training.

“In early November, I took a few weeks off because of illness and fatigue but then rolled right into a 20 hour a week training program,” said Ryham. “The intensity has been very low so far and is only beginning to increase now.

Understandably, Ryham’s excitement about going for the Double is mitigated by his trepidation about the inherent risks of failure. Last year, Ryham qualified for XTERRA Worlds by becoming XTERRA Regional Champ, which is based on a points system. This year, Ryham is going to try to qualify for XTERRA Worlds by placing first or second at XTERRA Oak Mountain. If he has a bad race that day, all of his training will be for nothing.

Similarly, in order to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Ryham needs to earn a qualifying spot at the Ironman Texas, which is also the Ironman North American Championship race. Luckily, Ironman Texas offers the most qualifying slots of any Ironman in North America, but Ryham’s 40-44 age group is one of the most competitive.

“The house of cards falls apart in May if things don’t go according to plan at both Ironman Texas and XTERRA Oak Mountain,” said Ryham.

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By 5x XTERRA Age Group World Champ Mimi Stockton

Two weeks ago, we discussed the four different phases of periodization training and how each one has their respective place in the overall plan. Now I’m here to delve into the first phase – base training – and to tell you how important it is to becoming the best XTERRA athlete you can be.

It’s all too common to hear the phrase base training being thrown around carelessly with no other meaning to it than “it’s whatever random training I happen to be doing when my goal race is still a long time from now.” And understandably so. There’s a lot that goes into structuring a good base building phase for triathletes. But that doesn’t mean that you should fall into the trap of believing that anything goes (18 holes of golf using a cart?) when it comes to the training you do before you get to your serious race build.

Triathlon base training, or base building, is a specific period in the triathlon season. As many coaches and training articles will tell you, effective triathlon training should be periodized.

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Upcoming XTERRA Triathlon races around the world…
03/10 XTERRA Motatapu, South Island, New Zealand
03/18 XTERRA Chile, San Bernardo, Santiago
03/24 XTERRA Argentina, Dique Ullum, San Juan​
03/24 XTERRA Real, Granite Bay, CA
03/24 XTERRA Bluebonnet, Lake Bryan, Texas
03/25 XTERRA Costa Rica, Playa Reserva Conchal
04/07 XTERRA New Zealand, Rotorua
04/08 XTERRA Reunion, Saint-Gilles
04/15 XTERRA Malta, Manikata
04/21 XTERRA ATX, Austin, TX
04/22 XTERRA Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC


Weiss, Wasle win XTERRA South Africa and more from the XTERRA Planet

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