MTO making waves at XTERRA Grabouw

Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

In addition to experiencing the spectacular routes on offer in Grabouw, athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA the weekend of 24 – 26 February 2017 will be pleased to hear that finding parking will also be a breeze thanks to event partner, the MTO Group.

A timber products and solutions provider, the MTO Group offers 7300km of forest roads and 250km of purposely built trails, built and maintained in MTO’s working plantations.

“We subscribe to living with passion and energy and love the fact that the MTO Group is aligned with like-minded people,” says Lawrence Polkinghorne, MTO Group CEO.  “We are privileged to live in possibly some of the most beautiful areas in the world.  Partnering with XTERRA is a long term value proposition for everyone involved.  We are excited to showcase our forests and surrounding landscapes.”

“The XTERRA Grabouw routes incorporate iconic trails that showcase the raw beauty of the area particularly after the recent fires,” continues Polkinghorne.  “The views across the Elgin Valley will long be remembered by those competitors who are not on the sharp end of the race.  The MTO Group is also busy with the replanting of the area around the dam helping to retain the forestry legacy in the area. Look out for the fynbos returning to the exit areas.  We are looking forward to experiencing the excitement of the XTERRA SA Championship. ”

MTO Group will also assist with parking by providing approximately 1.7km of road that can easily cater for 600 – 700 cars.  MTO branded marshals will also be on hand to assist with the parking process.

EVENT INFORMATIONFedhealth XTERRA South African Championship (Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape)

Date: Event:
Friday, 24 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids
  6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km MTB, 600m Trail Run)
  9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run)
  12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run)
Saturday, 25 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full:  1.5km swim, 28km MTB, 12.5km trail run
Sunday, 26 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run:  12.5km and 5km
Sunday, 26 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite:  400m swim, 12.5km MTB, 5km trail run

The Prize Purse for the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw has increased to a whopping R154 000.  The top five finishers in the XTERRA Full open men’s and women’s races will receive prize money, with the first place winners each taking home R30 000.

Forming part of the XTERRA World Tour, athletes taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw stand a chance to qualify for the XTERRA World Championship that will take place in Maui later in the year.

Follow us on Twitter:  MTO TrailsMTO Group / @XTERRASA / @Fedhealthmed

Like our FaceBook page:  XTERRA South Africa / Fedhealth Medical Aid

For further information or to enter the Fedhealth XTERRA contact 082 991 0045 or email


Issued by:                           NEWSPORT MEDIA

On behalf of:                     STILLWATER SPORTS

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