XTERRA Pezula Crowns New Champions

Bradley Weiss and Andrea Steyn embraced the Knysna weather on Thursday, 9 July conquering the Totalsports XTERRA Pezula presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT at the picturesque Conrad Pezula Field Of Dreams (Knysna) in an impressive time of 1 hour 35 minutes 26 seconds and 1 hour 56 minutes 2 seconds respectively.  Weiss was happy to secure his first Totalsports XTERRA Pezula victory.  He says:  ‘It’s been a tough week.  I raced XTERRA France on Sunday, arrived in Stellenbosch on Tuesday and headed to Knysna on Wednesday.  I love local races.  Stuart is almost impossible to beat even when tired.  He went out hard on the first run and entered transition first.  I took the lead on the first long climb on the mountain bike discipline.  The course was super wet and muddy.  Going into the second run I kept waiting for Stuart to catch me.  I managed to open the gap on the top of the first climb, but it was only on the last climb that I knew that I had the win.  Having PUMA support me out on route was really special.  Their support this past year has been incredible.  I am just glad that I could give something back.’
Stuart Marais came in second, while Darren Lill finished third.  Steyn says:  ‘This was my first XTERRA.  The run is my strongest discipline.  My first run was good.  I struggled on the first 15km on the mountain bike.  I tried to keep Carla in sight, but her technical skills are much better than mine.  I thought it was all over.  When I entered the second transition I could see all the girls in front of me, this always helps.  XTERRA Pezula was tough, extreme, as it should be.’  Lise Olivier came in second, while Janine Rawlinson finished third.
Michael Lord claimed victory in the men’s TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Lite presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT completing the course in a deserving time of 57 minutes 24 seconds.   Lord says:  ‘XTERRA Pezula is one of my big races of the year.  I am really happy with my third victory.’  Riaan Shaw came in second, while Jamie Riddle finished third.
Making her XTERRA debut on the day, Cathryn Proctor was the lady to beat in the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Lite presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT completing the course in 1 hour 12 minutes 2 seconds.  Proctor says:  ‘My sons did the XTERRA Kids Race on Wednesday.  It looked like so much fun that I just had to enter.  I love to mountain bike and I love to run, so entering just made sense.’  Famke Allan came in second, while Nina Van Der Berg finished third.
Forming part of the much loved Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, XTERRA Pezula is the ideal event for the entire family.
Photo: Bradley Weiss
Photo credit: Volume Photography