Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

Weiss on song for XTERRA win

- STEPHEN GRANGER

BRADLEY Weiss regained the prestigiou­s Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championsh­ip title in cool, damp conditions at Grabouw yesterday, underlinin­g his status as one of the world’s best off-road triathlete­s.

The 28 year old Stellenbos­ch-based triathlete, who won the world title in Hawaii last October, was in a class of his own, racing to victory in 2 hr 28 min 55 sec – 6 min 19 sec victory over the fast-improving Michael Lord. French triathlete, Brice Daubord completed the podium.

In the absence of Bermuda’s world champion, Flora Duffy, who withdrew due to injury following a bike crash two weeks back, 32 year old Austrian, Carina Wasle, raced to her third title, clocking an impressive 2 hr 51 min 43 sec. Twenty year old Hout Bay triathlete, Hayley Preen, excelled to take second position in her first full-distance race.

A puncture in the bike leg arguably cost Weiss the title last year when South Africa’s triathlon super-star, Richard Murray, edged out the off-road specialist to take the win, but with Murray plying his trade in Australia, no one could stay with Weiss, pictured, yesterday.

The home town favourite enjoyed a strong 1.5km swim – his weakest discipline – exiting the placid waters of the depleted Eikenhof dam just behind Lord in third place and over a minute down on “flying fish” Rudolf Visser, but within 3 km of the challengin­g 26km mountain bike cycle, Weiss was clear on his own and the “show’s over” signs were posted.

Weiss left the transition area at the start of the 12km trail run just on three minutes clear of Lord and he doubled the gap in the run.

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