2017 XTERRA Philippines champion Bradley Weiss of South Africa tries to maneuver his bike in the rocky hills of Danao. (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
DANAO CITY, Cebu – South African Bradley Weiss and Austria’s Carina Wasle took the top honors for the XTERRA Danao off-road triathlon event on a hot and dry Sunday morning in the race that started in the beach of Coco Palms Beach Resort and ended in the grounds of Cebu Technological University in Danao City, Cebu.
Weiss earned his third straight XTERRA title in the Philippines finishing the 1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, and 10K run race in 03:16:00. The win also improved his XTERRA Asia-Pacific standing from seventh place to fourth.
Despite coming out of the water in third place behind former XTERRA Philippines Champion Ben Allen and XTERRA Asia-Pacific leader Sam Osborne, Weiss buckled down to work in the Mountain Bike trails of the treacherous hills of Danao where he was able to take the lead for good in the first 10K of the bike course. Proving his superior technical expertise in the bike, Weiss was the only one who finished the very difficult 40K bike course under 2 hours with 01:59:40.
“Very tough race. I’ve been racing professionally for six years now and this one’s probably the hardest and hottest race I’ve ever done,” said Weiss. “It’s so challenging that if you finish, you’ve already done a fantastic job. So to come up with a win is absolutely an amazing result, I couldn’t ask for more,” he added.
Kiwis Sam Osborne (03:23:33) and Kieran McPherson (03:34:27) took second and third place in the male pro category. Ben Allen, who came out of the water first but had to overcome flat tires in the bike leg three times managed to salvage fourth place with 03:44:26. American Will Kelsay took fifth place with 03:50:48 while Filipino bet Joseph Miller ended up sixth with 03:52:04.
Coming of a win in another XTERRA race just last weekend, Wasle also bucked a slow swim start as she made up for lost time in the bike course to finish the race at 04:07:49. The 32-year old Wasle won her first XTERRA Philippines title on her third try as she previously competed in XTERRA races held in Liloan, Cebu.
“I had a very good race. I managed my speed and made sure I won’t overheat so I wasn’t very tired in the end” Wasle said after the race.
Wasle bested Australia’s Penny Slater (04:36:21) and USA’s Jessica Koltz (05:22:53). Jacqui Allen, who partially led in the bike leg, suffered dehydration in the early part of the run leg and was not able to finish.
XTERRA Danao organized and produced by Sunrise Events, Inc. and backed by Alcoplus, Sanicare, The Philippine Star, 2GO Express, Cetaphil, Prudential Guarantee, Columbia, Garmin, Tri Life, Cignal Hyper TV, Rocktape, Gatorade, MNTC, Coca Cola Femsa, Powerade, Wilkins and Storck.