Champions Defend XTERRA Buffelspoort Titles

Reigning Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort Champions Bradley Weiss and Nicolette Griffioen obliterated the field on Saturday when they successfully defended their Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort titles in 2 hours 27 minutes 13 seconds and 2 hours 51 minutes 15 seconds respectively.    Weiss says:  ‘Coming to XTERRA Buffelspoort as the defending champion, I had high hopes to do well.  I haven’t been able to swim for the past three weeks due to a muscle injury in my back.   As a result I wasn’t where I wanted to be in the swim, losing over two minutes to Basson Engelbrecht.   To me a one minute deficit would be acceptable, but not two minutes.  I came out of the swim into the mountain bike transition in round about fourth place, but managed to work my way up to second place relatively quickly.  It took long before I could get a visual on Basson though.  I literally only caught him in the last three kilometres of the mountain bike discipline.  Going into the trail run discipline I only had a 30 – 40 second lead on him.  I didn’t think that would be enough.  With the trail run featuring a lot of climbing, I knew it would be a strength run instead of a speed run.  When I hadn’t seen Basson for a while, I started to take it a little easier as I still need to compete at the XTERRA in Port Elizabeth next weekend.  I really enjoyed the route change.  Stillwater Sports are always pushing the limits, looking to improve on the previous year’s event.’  

Basson Engelbrecht came in second, while Antoine Van Heerden finished third.  According to Griffioen, she was also hoping for a better swim:  ‘I’ve trained a lot in the pool and expected to have a better swim.  I really enjoyed the mountain bike discipline and managed to catch the leaders.  Going into the trail run discipline I focused on holding my gab.  XTERRA is definitely the best off-road triathlon.  I love the challenge of training for three disciplines.”  Andrea Steyn came in second while Carla Van Huyssteen finished third.’  

The XTERRA Buffelspoort Full route consisted of a 1.5km swim, followed by a 26km MTB before finishing off with a 12km trail run.  Entrants could participate individually or as part of a three member team.  After a gruelling day out on route XTERRA Warriors could regain their strength in the NUUN Recovery Zone. 

The XTERRA action continues on Sunday, 24 January 2016:


Start Time / Event:

Sunday, 24 January 2016

09:00 – XTERRA Lite:  400m swim, 19km MTB, 6km trail run

Sunday, 24 January 2016

07:00 – PUMA Trail Run (6km & 12km)

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg