Michael Ferreira and Natia Van Heerden claimed gold at the Fedhealth XTERRA Lite Nelson Mandela Bay that took place at Kings Beach on Sunday, 31 January 2016. Making its Nelson Mandela Bay debut over the weekend, XTERRA Lite entrants needed to complete a 400m swim, followed by a 12km mountain bike route and finally a 6km trail run. Michael Ferreira set a blistering pace completing the 400m swim, 12km mountain bike discipline and 6km trail run in an impressive combined time of 01 hour 11 minutes 19 seconds.
Ferreira says: ‘The ocean swim was different for a South African XTERRA event. I was keen to try out my wetsuit. Exiting the swim I was in fourth place. I had a quick transition to the mountain bike discipline and went out in first place. All that I wanted to do was stay ahead of Herbert Peters who was extremely strong at XTERRA Buffelspoort last weekend. The route was phenomenal with great technical sections and tough climbs. Going into the run I just gave my all. XTERRA Nelson Mandel a Bay definitely is a must do event.’ Adriaan Myburgh came in second, while Herbert Peters finished third.
In the women’s race Natia Van Heerden left nothing to chance, claiming gold in an impressive combined time of one hour 24 minutes 50 seconds. Van Heerden says: ‘Winning today was really unexpected. This is my first win in a while. It’s an amazing feeling. XTERRA tests you in every way. It’s great to have a sea swim and beach run as it pushes you even more. I’ll definitely be back next year.’ Mikaela Jonsson came in second, while Tracey Almirall finished third.
Next on the XTERRA SA Calendar:
Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw (XTERRA SA Championship)
19 – 21 February 2016
Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg