XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay routes open to run and ride

Seen here:  An XTERRA Warrior on his way to the finish line during the 2016 Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

XTERRA Warriors taking part in the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay the weekend of 10 – 12 February 2017, will be pleased to hear that the mountain bike and trail run routes are marked and open to athletes to test .

“The Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay is unique as it has a ‘City Feel’ to it,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “It’s also the only XTERRA SA event to feature an Ocean swim.  This adds an additional level of excitement while the beautiful Kings Beach serves as the perfect backdrop for XTERRA Warriors as they make their way to the finish line after a challenging day out on route.”

According to Hendrico Burger, Fedhealth XTERRA Race Director, the start of the Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay is sure to be fast.  “The MTB discipline is mostly single track. It’s not very technical, but it will have a few challenging surprises.  There will also only be a few short sections where XTERRA Warriors can juggle for positions.   My advice to entrants is to train single track riding and running.  Also practice your portage technique with your mountain bike.  Lastly be sure to include a few beach-run sessions.”

EVENT INFORMATION:  Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay / Kings Beach (Eastern Cape)

Date: Event:
Friday, 10 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Kids
  6-8 years (60m Swim, 2km Cycle, 600m Run)
  9-11 years (100m Swim, 3km MTB, 1.5km Trail Run)
  12-15 years (250m Swim, 5km MTB, 2.5km Trail Run)
Saturday, 11 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Full:  1.5km swim, 24.5km MTB, 9.7km trail run
  MTB Terrain:  The route starts off on hard-packed jeep track.  Expect some tarred sections in-between.  Single track will however dominate, with a variety of surfaces and river crossings.  There are two short portage sections.  Highlights include contrasting areas, from suburban to the forest areas of Baakenskloof and even an old railway yard with some rail crossings.
  Trail RunThis discipline will start and finish with a beautiful beach run.  Happy Valley’s trail variety is sure to impress.  Expect some tarred sections, but mostly hard-packed single and jeep tracks with some sandy sections.  XTERRA Warriors will do two laps in Happy Valley.
Sunday, 12 February 2017 XTERRA Trail Run:  9.7km and 4.9km
Sunday, 12 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Lite:  400m swim, 12km  MTB, 4.9km trail run
  MTB TerrainThe MTB discipline will start and finish on hard-packed jeep track.  The route is similar to the Full route, except for the suburban areas.  There will therefore be less tarred roads.
  Trail RunThe trail run route is the same as that of the Full, XTERRA Lite Warriors will however only do one lap.

 Next on the XTERRA SA Calendar:

Friday, 24 February 2017 – Sunday, 26 February 2017 Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw / SA Championship

EXCITING NEWS ~ Fedhealth members will be pleased to hear that they can enter free of charge by typing in their Fedhealth membership number when entering on line.

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For further information or to the Fedhealth XTERRA Buffelspoort, Nelson Mandela Bay or Grabouw contact 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com


Issued by:                           NEWSPORT MEDIA

On behalf of:                     STILLWATER SPORTS

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