Bradley Weiss and two-time XTERRA World Champion Flora Duffy won the 12th annual Fedhealth XTERRA South African Championship at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club on Sunday.
It’s the fourth win in five weeks for Weiss, who captured all three events in the XTERRA South Africa Series that also included races at Buffelspoort and Nelson Mandela Bay, and it is his second win on the XTERRA World Tour this year following his victory in Albay, Philippines just two weeks ago.
“I don’t think the win has sunk in yet,” said Weiss. “It’s been approximately five years since I started taking part in XTERRA Grabouw. I started out in the XTERRA Lite. If I think back to then, I would never have dreamt about winning at the XTERRA SA Champs. It’s such a surreal feeling. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Weiss is the fifth different men’s champion in five years and joins a classy list of past SA champions that includes Conrad Stoltz, Dan Hugo, Richard Murray, Stuart Marais, and Lieuwe Boonstra. His winning time was 2:30:42, followed by fellow South African James Cunnama two minutes back in second, and Kiwi Aiden Dunster in third.
For Duffy it’s her third straight SA title, ninth consecutive XTERRA major and 13th win on the XTERRA World Tour in 16 tries since her debut in 2013.
“Getting my third victory in Grabouw is really cool,” says a delighted Duffy. “I won my very first XTERRA here. As I spend five months out of the year in South Africa, XTERRA Grabouw is an unofficial home race for me. The XTERRA Grabouw course is phenomenal. It’s a true XTERRA course. You have to know how to ride a mountain bike. The crowd and community involvement really makes this race special. I’m happy with my overall seventh place and my third XTERRA Grabouw title.”
Her winning time was 2:39:08, followed by Austrian Carina Wasle 17-minutes later then the top South African female Susan Sloan in third.