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XTERRA triathlete Dan Hugo, who turns 30 this summer, has announced that he is retiring from professional sport. The South African was a star on the XTERRA circuit, earning seven tour titles last year alone. Hugo says a job offer from an industry company was too good to pass up.
“I was offered an opportunity from Specialized to form a part of the Global Sports Marketing team, the sort of opportunity I was hoping to step into at some stage,” said in a press release sent out by XTERRA. “I’ll miss the simplicity, the feeling of satisfaction after a long hard and successful training day, and yes, I’ll miss the clarity of objectives. Already I can appreciate that racing is black and white, success or failure. Whereas the workplace is a more of a flow. All told, I am thrilled at new challenges with a brand that is redefining the cycling industry.”
The native of Stellenbosch, South Africa raced in the very first XTERRA South Africa Championship back in 2004 and was an integral part of the growth of the sport—both in South Africa and abroad—ever since. Fans can stay tuned to Hugo at Dghugo.com and on Twitter @dghugo.