Danao all set for second Xterra Triathlon
(The Philippine Star) - April 21, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — From the swim leg to the punishing fire roads and rocky terrain in the bike part and the closing trail run, everything is set for the XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Asia-Pacific Championship unfolding tomorrow in Danao, Cebu.

The host city is putting its best foot forward again, vowing to surpass its first XTERRA staging in terms of hosting, organization  and more importantly making all the participants relish the endurance race.

In fact, Bradley Weiss of Australia and Carina Wasle have expressed enthusiasm and excitement as they gear up for back-to-back title feats in what has been considered as the toughest endurance race in Danao.

“XTERRA Danao is one of my favorite races and I’m very happy to return and I hope I can defend my title,” said Wasle, who beat the field by almost 30 minutes last year in ending a pair of heartbreakers on XTERRA Philippines.

Like the Austrian ace, Weiss is looking forward to defending his crown in the men’s pro side although he remains wary of the souped-up field in the 1.5K swim, 28K bike on fire roads and rocky terrain, and 8K trail run event with the city’s scenic mountain ranges as backdrop.

“I am incredibly excited to be returning to XTERRA Danao this year as the defending champion,” said Weiss, who banked on his superb mountain-biking skills in fire roads and rocky terrain to beat New Zealand’s Sam Osborne by almost seven minutes.

That should more than fire up the duo for the keenly awaited event.

Host of a number of international mountain bike events in recent years, Danao offers a challenging course that tests not only the field’s stamina and power but also their mental toughness. The host city will stage the Xterra until 2019 in line with the three-year contract signed by city officials with the organizing Sunrise Events, Inc.

For details, visit www.danao.xterraphil.com  or at facebook and twitter xterrasouthph.

The event, presented by the Province of Cebu and the City of Danao, is backed by venue hosts Coco Palms Beach Resort and Cebu Technological U, and 2Go Express, David’s Salon, Intercare, Motor Ace, Hyper on Cignal, The Philippine Star, AlcoPlus, DeVant, Sanicare and Storck.

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