Hugo & Wasle ready for Xterra Champs- 20 Feb 2012 00:00:00
Reigning 2011 Xterra Grabouw Champions Dan Hugo (Stellenbosch, South Africa) and Carina Wasle (Austria) will return to Grabouw Country Club on Sunday, 26th February to defend their titles at the 2012 Totalsports Xterra South African Championship presented by Rehidrat Sport.
Hugo said: ‘Grabouw is 30 minutes from home, which means I get to wake up in my own bed the morning of the race. My training buddies will be taking part, while my family will be out showing support on the day, making it extra special.’
‘This will also be the first time that an Xterra is hosted over a two day period, the Xterra Lite on the Saturday and the Xterra Full on the Sunday.’
‘Participants taking on the Xterra Full for the first time can expect a fun day. If coming from a road background my advice is to shift your expectation, there are no tar roads and the route includes a lot of single track.’
For Wasle winning at Xterra Grabouw was the highlight of her 2011 season.
‘Last year I had quite a lot of ups and downs. The highlight was of course my win at Xterra Grabouw. It is always hard to say how my fitness will be in Grabouw as it is my first race of the year. Austria had a very strong winter this year, it was freezing cold and as a result it was sometimes impossible for me to run outside with -20°C.’
‘The running course is perfect for me with lots of climbing. Xterra Grabouw is a fun race with a perfect course and amazing people,’ says Wasle.