There was some very tight racing at Xterra UK in Cranleigh, Surrey last weekend, with South Africa’s four-time Xterra world champ Conrad ‘The Caveman’ Stoltz battling for the final Xterra title of his long career.


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A solid, driving rain the night prior left the trails muddy and slick, leaving those without the proper grippy tires and skills flying off their bikes left and right. However, the Sunday (31 August) proved perfect for racing, with cool temps and not a drop of rain.

Men’s race

Britain’s Richard Stannard exited Vachery Pond first with the fastest 1.5km swim, followed by Ben Allen (AUS) and Stoltz more than a minute back in 18:54. Ruzafa was almost two minutes behind at 19:35.

Allen moved past Stannard early on the bike to take the lead, and eventually Stoltz managed to catch him. Ruzafa ultimately did what he does best and moved into the front on the second lap of the bike, but couldn’t shake Stoltz.