Germishuys heads strong Xterra Field
Deur Manfred Seidler
Gelaai op 15 April 2009
Albert Falls DueSouth Xterra winner, Carla Germishuys is not expecting an easier race on Sunday 19 April at the DueSouth SA Xterra Championships in Grabouw, outside Cape Town
The 2008 World U24 Champion has made the transition to off-road racing with some success, winning the Momentum Health/Teavigo Teak Place duathlon by 3.5 minutes over Andrea Steyn and then the Albert Falls Xterra by 5 minutes.
“I like the technical races. They play into my hands but it is not going to be easy. Grabouw will be very technical 25km mountain bike ride, and the run will also be tough,” says the race favourite. “It’s a 5km climb and then 5km downhill run. That suits my style and after Albert Falls I am very confident but to underestimate Mari or Michelle or Jeannie is the worst mistake I can make.”
Whilst Carla is the favourite, racing off-road comes with its own perils. A puncture or a fall can scupper anyone’s race. Also Carla knows that her opponents are fighters. Mari was the 2008 SA Champion, 2008 All Africa Champion and went to the Olympic Games, so knows what it takes to win and to dig deep. Just as recent as the DueSouth Buffelspoort Xterra at Buffelspoort Dam, Rabie has come up trumps and will be keen to avenge her loss at Albert Falls.
Both Jeannie Bomford and Michelli Lombardi competed in the Totalsport Challenge earlier this year and did exceptionally well. Bomford won overall as ladies individual and finished in the top 7 in a new record time. Lombardi was 9th.
The race has the usual 1500m swim then the 25km mountain bike leg and 10km run. The MTB leg is not easy, the 8km are all climbing, then a descent between 8km and 12km before climbing again to 14km to an height of 540m before the descent to the finish and race organisor Dezroy Poole makes note on the Xterra Website that riders will need to have their descending skills honed.
The 10km run starts off flat but does have some steep climbs up terrain which is not accessible to mountain bikers, so it should prove to be a tough one.