Grabouw, Western Province (February 26, 2011) In the women's race Austrian XTERRA standout Carina "Ini" Wasle won the XTERRA South Africa Championship for the second time in three years, having also won in 2009. The victory marked a terrific start to an early season XTERRA World Tour adventure that will take her to the inaugural XTERRA Philippines Championship next week, and the XTERRA Saipan Championship the week after.
Wasle (pictured courtesy Hendrik Steytler) now has seven XTERRA championship wins to her credit since winning her first of three XTERRA Germany titles back in 2005 (she also has two XTERRA Czech Championships).
“I had a very good race today," said Wasle. "After a great swim, I exited the water in second place behind Carla van Huyssteen. Managing to catch her within the first 5km of the mountain bike discipline, I kept a steady pace and basically lead until the finish. I enjoyed the run discipline the most as it included a lot of up-hill running. The DUESOUTH XTERRA Grabouw is one of my favourite events. It features extremely beautiful landscapes, while the people are really friendly. I am definitely going to try my best to be back next year.”
2011 XTERRA South Africa Championship
Women's Top 5
Carina Wasle AUT 2:41:47
Michelle Lombardi RSA 2:44:59
Carla Van Huyssteen RSA 2:46:55
Susan Sloan RSA 2:50:57
Tanya Rabie RSA 3:05:53