2015 Xterra Grabouw

The biggest Xterra in the world with arguably the strongest men’s pro field except for World Champs in Maui. I am more than satisfied with my race and result. Would have loved to be on the podium…Reflecting back to Buffelspoort Xterra, Rockman 2014 and my injury from last year. I am without any doubt improving and slowing getting back to my form of 2012/2013 season. The race itself was made easier by the cold weather we experienced the morning. This I believed helped the European athletes (about 10 top European men lined up for the race) on the day coming from a cold winter season’s training.

The swim went well – I swam with Stuart Marais who went on winning the race. After years of struggling with my swimming I can safely say that I have improved this leg of the race to be my most reliable.

The first half of the bike route is mostly climbing the steep slopes of the surrounding mountains in Grabouw. The second half is all single tracks ranging from fun and flowing trails to the most technical and dangerous rock gardens you will ever experience. I had a smooth bike leg not making any mistakes out on the course. Something which I am extremely proud off

When I started running in 9th position I surprisingly felt fresh and strong. This to me is the most positive experience I took away from the race. For the first time in 2 years I did not have to survive on the run. I was in control and could run down athletes in front of me.
I managed to pass the Belgium and Swiss athlete on the run course – one off many confidence boosters going into 2015/2016 season
The final few kilometers running on the famous white beach, the event is a must do race for any triathlete in South Africa.

From left, Jim Thijs 12th (Belgium), Myself, Michael Szymoniuk 6th (Austria), Jan Pyott 8th (Switzerland) we rode much of the second half of the bike course together battling it out. After the race we shared some good stories and experiences.

Safe Training,
Nico Sterk

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