Xterra Lite ideal for newcomers to the sport

2017-02-08 06:02
South Africa’s premier off-road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA, heads to Kings Beach (Nelson Mandela Bay) this coming weekend. Seen here is Michael Ferreira in action at the Fedhealth XTERRA Lite Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016.                     Photo: TOBIAS GINSBERG

South Africa’s premier off-road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA, heads to Kings Beach (Nelson Mandela Bay) this coming weekend. Seen here is Michael Ferreira in action at the Fedhealth XTERRA Lite Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016. Photo: TOBIAS GINSBERG

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SA’s premier off-road triathlon, the Fedhealth Xterra, heads to Kings Beach (Nelson Mandela Bay) this coming weekend (Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 12).

Kicking off with the Fedhealth Xterra Kids on the Friday, followed by the Fedhealth Xterra Full on the Saturday and the Fedhealth Xterra Lite and Xterra Trail Run on the Sunday, there is an event for athletes of all ages and fitness levels.

In 2016 Michael Ferreira claimed gold in the men’s Fedhealth Xterra Lite, completing the 400m swim, 12km mountain bike discipline and 6km trail run in an impressive combined time of 01 hour 11 minutes 19 seconds.

“I enjoyed the new venue,” says Ferreira. “It was really cool to race so close to a city, especially being the city that I grew up in. The ocean swim added a new dimension to Xterra racing. The mountain bike route was a good mixture of urban style and classic cross country mountain biking. The run route was amazing. Running through Happy Valley was very interesting because it went from the sunny beach to dense forest in a blink of an eye. The people and the venue make Xterra an incredible experience.”

“The Xterra Lite is a good introduction to the sport of Xterra,” continues Ferreira. “The course is of such a nature that the faster you go the harder it gets. Newcomers to the sport can take it slow and it will be a fun, easy race to participate in.”

This coming weekend Michael Ferreira will be seen in action in the Fedhealth Xterra Full in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Natia Van Heerden was the female athlete to beat in the 2016 Fedhealth Xterra Lite Nelson Mandela Bay, claiming gold in an impressive combined time of 01 hour 24 minutes 50 seconds. “Winning was an amazing feeling,” said Van Heerden. “Xterra tests you in every way. It’s great to have a sea swim and beach run as it pushes you even more.”

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