Weiss, Marais ready for XTERRA

2017-02-01 06:02

TWO of South Africa’s elite XTERRA Warriors, Bradley Weiss and Stuart Marais, will face up for the second time in the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth when they take on the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday, February 11.

SA’s premier off road triathlon, XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay starts off with a 1.5km ocean swim, followed by an action-packed 24.5km mountain bike (MTB) discipline before closing off with a 9.7km trail run.

In 2016 Weiss beat Marais to the finish line with just under 2 minutes to spare. According to Weiss, the ocean swim is a cool and exciting addition to the challenges of XTERRA.

“I really enjoyed the MTB leg of this race. It’s relatively short in comparison with other XTERRA races, but it offers so much with fast single track and an undulating course that allows the more accomplished cyclists to take advantage of their strengths. Another highlight is running through Happy Valley and embracing the support of the welcoming PE locals,” Weiss said.

Weiss will face tough competition from fellow XTERRA Warrior, Stuart Marais. “My goal will be to go as hard as I can for as long as I can. I want to win,” said a determined Marais.

“The ocean swim is iconic to XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay. It creates a unique spin on XTERRA in SA. The mountain bike route features a lot of single track in the middle of the city. The beauty of the course astonished me. My advice to XTERRA newcomers is to take each discipline on its own merit and don’t push too hard at the start. Surround yourself with people of similar strengths, but most of all, just go have fun.”

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