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XTERRA Grabouw Boasts New Routes in 2019

Press Release / Photo : Tobias Ginsberg / 04.02.2019

Brice Daubord

Kicking off the 2019 XTERRA racing calendar at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 February 2019, the XTERRA Grabouw will treat off-road adventure seekers to an exciting route experience. 

The largest XTERRA in the word, the XTERRA Grabouw Full (taking place on Sunday, 24 February 2019) features a 1.5km Swim, a +-27km MTB and a +-12.4km Trail Run.

“Grabouw’s routes are iconic and rated to be of the best in the world,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “This year we’ve implemented a number of changes that are guaranteed to keep things fresh and exciting on event day.  The good news is that the water level of the Eikenhof Dam is higher than in 2018.  This means that the swim exit will go back to where it was in 2017, shortening the run to transition. XTERRA Full entrants can expect a brand new MTB and trail run experience.  The MTB route will follow the Northern trails (new to XTERRA) for the first 12km before heading back towards single track heaven.  The first single track to be encountered will be the famous Rock Garden, followed by one hill before the single track fun continues until the finish line.  An easier trail run route will take entrants around the dam and will also feature spectacular single track.  The iconic beach run to the finish will still close off the race.”

The XTERRA Grabouw Lite (taking place on Saturday, 23 February 2019) features a 400m swim, a +-14km MTB and a +-6.5km Trail Run.

“Although only half the distance of the Full Race, the XTERRA Lite routes should not be underestimated,” advises Meyer.  “The shorter run to the transition area after the swim also applies.  The mountain bike route will include its fair share of hills and single track.  It is however doable and guaranteed to leave lasting memories.  The trail run route will pose its own challenges, but the effort will be rewarded with spectacular views and a lasting feeling of accomplishment.  Entrants will not go home disappointed.” 

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