Race Report: Michael Joubert – Redhub Cross triathlon

The past weekend I competed in the Redhub cross triathlon at Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge in Muldersdrift. This was more of a training race for me in preparation for 70.3 Ironman in Durban in a months’ time. The initial plan was to do the standard distance road triathlon, but due to mechanical issues with my road bike on Saturday I decided to do the off-road one.

The race consisted of a 1500m swim, a 25km mountain bike and a 10km trail run. The race started at 08h00 on Sunday morning and after testing the cold dam water I was very glad to have a wetsuit to swim in. I had a rather average swim, definitely would have liked to go a bit faster.

Running into transition I quickly got on my shoes and headed out on the bike, unsure of how many people were in front of me since the road and off-road race started together. We raced on Cradle Moon’s nice single tracks and they were still rather wet and muddy so it definitely made the cycling leg a bit harder. I had some small technical issues on the bike leg, like cutting a sidewall and falling a few times but nothing too major and had good cycle leg.

When starting on the run leg I was accompanied by some of the faster road triathlon guys since we did the same running route. I was not sure which guys were in my race or in the road race, so I tried to run in every person I can see. It was still mostly on the single tracks of Cradle Moon so the technical aspect of the trails played well into my abilities. I quickly caught up with all the people I could see and when I had just under 3 km left to go, one of the marshals told me that I am the first person to pass this point so I knew I was in the lead. I still pushed hard up to the end as this is still a training race for me.

I crossed the finish line in 1st place on the standard distance cross triathlon. I had a great day out and also saw what I need to work on for my 70.3 Ironman. Thanks to my coach Nico Sterk from Sterk Span Triathlon academy and my sponsors for making it possible to do the things I love and supporting me in the journey to achieve the goals.

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