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Stellenbosch Triathlon

07 December 2012

Stellenbosch Triathlon
Cape Auto Centre sponsored multisport athlete, Colleen De Oliveira wrote this article on the Stellenbosch Triathlon event:

Saturday was the first Stellenbosch Triathlon at Rustenburg Wine Farm. It also was my first race back after XTERRA Worlds so I wasn't sure how it would go.

Registered, racked my bike and ready to go all out. At race briefing they told us that we will climb over 300m in 20km on the bike course. It was going to be a hard and hot ride with expected temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius.

The race started at 9am with a 750m swim. I swam really hard and had a great swim in my XTERRA Wetsuit and I was the second female out of the water. The bike course was not very technical but challenging with some steep climbing from the start. I was racing hard as I thought I lost a position during transition, but manage to catch one of my competitors in the first 5 km. I thought I was second and kept on racing hard to catch the leader.....not knowing I was leading...

Into T2 I had about a 5 min lead going into the run. I think I pushed too hard on the bike...the 5k run was extremely tough with the heat and challenging hills. I walked up a few hills... (backwards, to keep an eye on the competition behind me) :)
I lost about 3min on a shocking run but I managed to keep the lead.

I finished in 1st place overall in a time of 2:06 and was ecstatic as this was my 1st overall win in a sprint triathlon.

Thanks to Xterra Wetsuits, Mobii, 32Gi, Virgin Active and Cape Auto Centre Multisport Team.

Well Done and thanks to the team from Iqela events for organising another great event.

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