On Sunday 26 February, 11 Genasys XTERRA Warriors battled against some of the most grueling waters, tracks and trails in the Western Cape region and competed with over 2 000 brave warriors.
The XTERRA World Champs held at Grabouw hosted athletes from an array of countries, which gives it the apt reputation of being one of the best XTERRAs in the world.
Peter, Miles, Jeanne-Mari, Antonie and Dewald were up first for the 400m swim and were accompanied by the daunting rhythm of African drums. "This was the equivalent to a shot of pure adrenaline straight into our veins", Dewald explains.
Although the wind presented itself as a challenge, the swimmers concurred that the first 50m towards the first buoy was the most testing task-mouthfuls of dam water in conquering the challenge was an inevitability.
Antonie and Dewald headed towards their bikes thereafter and Peter, Miles and Jeanne-Mari engaged in a sprint up the hill to pass the baton on the Genasys riders for the next leg.
Antonie and Dewald then went on to the 13.5km MTB leg and joined Steve, Ryan and Kobus in pursuing a 6km climb-these guys are unstoppable!
Unfortunately, Steve was made subject to the snapping of a bicycle chain, but soon had it repaired and tenaciously soldiered on.
The final leg involved a 6.5km run which again, was courageously beaten and taught a lesson by Antonie and Dewald's weary legs.
In the meantime, the solo runners (Gerhard, Ronald and Kevin) bolted on their mission that bore the consequence of soaked shoes and socks, punished legs and terrains of both mud and beach sand.
The entire Genasys Support Team (including the official Genasys cheerleaders-Nadine and Leoni) gave the valiant warriors a hero's welcome at the finish line.
Congratulations to every hardy participant!
-Dewald Bezuidenhout, Senior Technical Test Analyst, Genasys CPT