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Wins for Hugo, Wasle
- Updated: February 27, 2011
Local multi-sport hero, Dan Hugo and Austrian Xterra ace Carina Wasle were the athletes to beat at the Duesouth Xterra SA Championship on Saturday.
Completing the Xterra route in an impressive time of 2hr 15min 30sec and 2:15:30 respectively, Hugo and Wasle both walked off with the coveted titles contested over a 1.5 kilometre swim, 25km mountain bike and 10km trail run.
Hugo said winning on home ground in the company of family and friends was an awesome experience.┬á ÔÇ£Today’s event drew an epic crowed. I had a good swim, exiting the water ahead of Conrad Stoltz.┬áI pushed hard to ensure a smooth transition onto the mountain bike discipline, knowing that it wouldn’t be long before Conrad closed in.
“I was saddened by the news of Conrad having to withdraw from the race due to illness, but that is the nature of the sport.┬áI no longer had to push myself to the limit and just maintained a steady pace.┬áThe run discipline was great.┬áBeing welcomed home by the largest crowed that XTERRA Grabouw has ever attracted was just a memorable experience,ÔÇØ says Hugo.
Kent Horner came in second, while Nico Pfitzenmaier (Germany) finished third.
Said Wasle: ÔÇ£I had a very good race today.┬á After a great swim, I exited the water in second place behind Carla van Huyssteen.┬áManaging to catch her within the first 5km of the mountain bike discipline, I kept a steady pace and basically lead until the finish.┬á I enjoyed the run discipline the most as it included a lot of up-hill running.┬áThis is one of my favourite events. It features extremely beautiful landscapes, while the people are really friendly.┬á I am definitely going to try my best to be back next year,ÔÇØ says Wasle.
Michelle Lombardi came in second, while Carla van Huyssteen finished third.
Event organisers were honoured to welcome Janet Clark (Xterra USA/Team Unlimited) to the event. Clark said it was impressive to see the number of first time competitors that took part in the Xterra Lite on the day.
ÔÇ£Over 40% of the Lite field were newcomers to the sport, this really made my day and once again proved that anybody can take part in Xterra.┬á The vibe experienced at the race, combined with the friendliness and the world class competition just proves that South Africa truly embodies the Xterra culture.┬á I am proud to be in the middle of it,ÔÇØ says Clark.