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XTERRA Richmond. PG 13- B&G- Blood and Gore


The black stuff in there is rotting steel girder and James River mud. They breed us tough in Africa…

3 minutes before the start I moved a stray swim buoy to where it should be and kicked an old, rusty steel girder lodged in the mud under water. The gash was huge and completely black with rusty steel slime. I hobbled to the waters edge and the athletes parted way in a “whooooa!”

The race was about to start any moment and I had no idea how bad the injury was. One of the age group athletes (Kristen I think) is a doctor and came over for help. She said “those are tendons”, but they dont seems damaged as I could move my toes.

I somehow thrive on hardship and said: “I’m racing” A 1st aid crew quickly put gauze over it (to keep the dirt in?) and wound Ceran wrap around it.

A fellow pro yelled at me- “Race starts in 1 minute”. Fortunately there wasnt any time to think- the gun went and within a few minutes minutes so did the ceran wrap. Thats when it started hurting. Skin flapping around and I could visualize the flithy funk of the James River in flood irrigating the rusty steel girder out of the wound. I didnt care about keeping up or reading the tricky currents- I just flailed arms and tried to keep my left foot still.

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I visited Zappos with Avia last week. Wow, what a place. Sure, they are in Las Vegas, but the people in the company are pretty amazing.  Young, hip, creative and maybe somewhat kooky? (Kooky- Wait, thats like the pot calling the kettle black!)

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GU photo shoot

John Segesta did a photo shoot for GU here in Monterey. A freezing wind blew and my official race kit was still somewhere between Hong Kong and Cali.


Some cycling pics were faked,

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GU Signs Stoltz


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GU Signs Conrad Stoltz

New Energy for “Caveman” and MelRad Racing Team

February 18, 2009, Berkeley, CA – GU Energy Labs is proud to announce that the best male off-road triathlete in history, Conrad Stoltz – known to many as the Caveman – has selected GU as his exclusive sports nutrition supplier. Conrad joins an elite team of GU athletes including Melanie McQuaid, Craig Alexander and Michellie Jones. Stoltz and McQuaid have an impressive history as the top male and female athletes of off-road triathlon – and in 2009 they’ll both seek their fourth World Championship title in XTERRA racing.

A native of South Africa, Stoltz is a two-time Olympian, three-time XTERRA World Champion, five-time All Africa Triathlon Champion, five-time South African Triathlon Champion and he has won the legendary Chicago Triathlon.

Currently based out of Bend, Oregon, the Caveman spends six months in the U.S. racing, two months in Stellenbosch training and three months in Mpumalanga farming with his parents.

Stoltz said, “GU products are universally known as essential gear in the endurance racing community. I’ve been exposed to the brand throughout my XTERRA experience, and am thrilled to join the GU team in an official capacity.”

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GU will serve as the nutrition supplier for MelRad Racing, a team formed in 2008 by Stoltz and McQuaid. They will coach and mentor 20 age group athletes in a variety of events, from cross-country mountain bike competitions to Olympic distance triathlons, with a special focus on XTERRA and Ironman 70.3 races.

McQuaid said, “We want to give these athletes the chance to ride our same bikes, to run in our shoes, to use our training equipment and nutrition and to wear our uniforms, all while having Conrad and myself as their cheerleaders, mentors and coaches. This is our way of giving back to the sport and its participants. Having fun and kicking butt will be MelRad Racing’s main objective!”

The MelRad Racing Team will participate in all stops on the US XTERRA Cup Series, long supported by the GU brand, as well as select stops on the Ironman 70.3 calendar. Most of the team will be focused on the XTERRA National Championships, the XTERRA World Championships and/or the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

In addition, the MelRad Racing Team will hold invitational team camps where non-team members can join professors Stoltz and McQuaid for a concentrated weekend of XTERRA education. To learn more about the MelRad Team and McQuaid log onto

About GU Energy Labs

GU’s original Energy Gel was launched in 1994 in Berkeley, CA. To this day, GU remains the market leader and the premium gel available to endurance athletes. GU’s product line is designed to provide athletes with scientificallyproven, performance-tested nutrition. For more information about GU, log onto

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Cavegirl on the way!!!

Cavegirl on the way!!!
Liezel and I are happy to announce our baby girl on the way! We are 23 weeks in, #PrincessHotstuff is fit and trim, and for me, time is not moving fast enough!  Due date 15-5-15. Suuuuper excited prix viagra en pharmacie! With these genes, she’ll be shooting hoops while wheelie-ing at the age of 3. […]
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Being the Caveman is hard work- have been busy…

Being the Caveman is hard work- have been busy…
As you all know, its easy to overindulge and pack on the pounds during the festive season, so Cross Training is a key ingredient to keeping the Caveman fit and flexable. Gotta keep on top of skills training too. Breakfast sure wasnt pretty. But its all part of the food chain… Like I said, being […]
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Caveman wins in mountain region of Scanno at XTERRA Italy

Caveman wins in mountain region of Scanno at XTERRA Italy
XTERRA Italy has the most amazing course! Parts through the old mountain town of Scanno. To the tune of "eye of the tiger" (thanks DJ Jack!) Caveman wins XTERRA Italy by 4 minutes. XTERRA Italy made is debut in the idyllic mountain town of Scanno, in the province of Abruzzo. In terms of the culture […]
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Caveman’s specialized equipment choices in quest for 7th World title

Caveman’s specialized equipment choices in quest for 7th World title
#aeroiseverything #soisfattyres #dittohorsepower ITU Cross Triathlon Worlds 2013 Long version Cross Tri Worlds Highlights. (Short version- 2.40) Racing through the dunes, stairs and sidewalks of Holland proved a fertile ground for innovative equipment choices.  From the video you can get a feel for the course- but the real test was the long sections of deep, […]
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a Caveman car for a Caveman situation…

a Caveman car for a Caveman situation…
Caveman’s Stellenbosch Kelfords Ford Fietsta Ambiente 1.4 [Open letter to friend and owner of Kelfords Ford and Mazda in Somerset West, South Africa] Dear Tristan, Thank you very much for the use of your wonderful little Ford Fiesta. We love the fuel economy, (5.9L per 100km) the nippy handling, the voice activated, hands free phone […]
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Cheers to a remarkable 2012

Cheers to a remarkable 2012
18 races, 1 World Title (ITU Cross Tri), my 10th XTERRA USA Series title, 10 victories, 16 podiums and many many special memories. My sporting highlight was winning my 2nd ITU Cross Triathlon World Title in Pelham Alabama, USA. a Personal highlight was sharing the entire year and all the remarkable experiences with my gorgeous […]
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