Bradley Weiss and Johandri Leicester claimed victory at the Xterra in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday.
Staging his comeback from injury, Weiss proved to be in a league of his own completing the 1.5km ocean swim, 28km MTB discipline and 12km trail run in 2:00:02.
“I wasn’t sure if I’d make the start today. My doctor actually advised me not to race, but I wasn’t going to stay away any longer,” said Weiss.
Second was Stuart Marais in 2:03:09, followed by Theo Blignaut in 2:07:39
“The swim was hard. Brad and I exited the water together behind Keegan Cooke and Theo Blignaut. We jumped onto the bikes at the same time, but I lost Brad’s wheel at a river crossing,” said Marais.
“I decided to ride smoothly instead of fast. From there Brad lead for the rest of the race.”
Leicester’s finishing time of 2:38:20 secured her the top spot on the podium in the women’s race.
“Today was tough. I misjudged the swim, but managed to catch a wave on my way out. I completed the mountain bike discipline slower than in 2016, but there was more sand this year so that is understandable,” said Leicester.
Alexia Loizou came in second in 2:39:48, while Tracey Campbell finished third in 2:49:28.