All eyes will be on reigning Xterra South African champion Bradley Weiss when the World Championships take place in Maui on Sunday.
“I am going to Maui to win. The Maui route suits me incredibly well, although heat and humidity will be the biggest challenges on the day. Precise nutritional and body management will be vital,” said Weiss.
Weiss will face some tough challengers, with Ruben Ruzafa (Spain) and Josiah Middaugh (Eagle-Vail, Colorado) among the favourites.
“South Africa has a decorated history within Xterra. Being a South African at the event comes with a degree of expectation.
“I am very proud to represent our country internationally. I hope I get the chance to live up to our strong heritage in this sport.”
Michaele van den Heever will represent South Africa in the 20-24 category, Tanya Rabie will fly the flag in the 45-49 division and Louis Goldberg will represent the men in the 35-39 age-group.
Other South African triathletes competing include Johandri Leicester (25-29), Lizl Hobson (50-54), Ralf Fletcher (40-44), Farouk Abrahams (45-49) and Gustav Joyce (65-69).
Xterra is the world’s premier off-road triathlon and the event starts with a 1.5km rough water swim, followed by a 20-mile mountain bike loop and then a 10.5km trail run.