Category: Avia

Avia Mantis debuts at ITU Cross Tri Worlds


I’m in Alabama getting ready to defend my ITU Cross Tri World Champion title coming Saturday.  (2011 Race report here.)

The good folks from Avia sent me these cool new racing flats just in time for the big day. Low profile mid sole, light weight and hopefully, FAST!

We’ve had a lot of rain the last 2 days and its with a heavy heart that I’ll go drag them through the mud and horse manure on my last quality session tomorrow…


But unfortunately, not available to the public yet… Stay tuned – Avia online store here


Avia Endurance spotlight. Conrad Stoltz XTERRA World Champion 2010


Caveman highlights from XTERRA Worlds 2010. Winning an XTERRA World title wearing my Avia Stoltz shoes put the cherry on the cake.

Avia is the proud shoe sponsor of the XTERRA USA series.

Getting technical- bike set up for XTERRA Waco


I’m very lucky to have a full quiver of Specialized bikes to chose from!

After watching a few youtube videos on the Waco course, I decided to travel to Waco with my 29er Epic (Aluminium)- it loves rocky, rooty and twisty.  But 30min into pre riding the course on wednesday I had to call a friend to ship me a kiddie bike. (with 26inch wheels) Its true, TV (and youtube) makes courses look flat! OK, my legs were also seriously dented from training, but this course has about 20 short, granny gear climbs and I think the number of times your speed falls below 5mi/h was a lot, a lot. In other words, there was a lot, a lot of acceleration from almost stand still– the one 29er drawback. The (only) other shortcoming to this 29er is weight- the white bike is 5 lbs more than the one in the white wrapping. For now…

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The 2010 Avia Avi STOLTZ is here

Avia Avi Stoltz

And it comes in cool new colours that matches the weeds in our garden! The only change we made from the “old” shoe, other than the colour (duh) is a firmer mid sole. (65 Shore A Density) Read  here about the thought process, (Cave people DO think!) and development which went into this unique shoe. Keep an eye on for new stock and other models. As if you really need another model.  Just  kidding: My favourite training shoe is the AVI Trainer.

Avia Avi Stoltz Stuffits

You’ll notice I dont go anywhere without my Stuffitts Shoe Savers. These Cedar chip filled “feet” stays in your shoes when you dont- keeping them fresh, dry and together…

West Coast Warm Water Weekend

Just got back from a fun, super relaxing time at West Coast Warm Water Weekend. In fact, I’m so relaxed, I even drove the long way home!

Here are a few pics of the weekend. Words and a proper blog to follow once I find the cable to my other camera…


This is where the 2.5k, 60k 13k triathlon  took place.  -Kraalbaai- you wont find a more scenic venue. And yes, that  is a Specialized Transition “flat” bike with skinny tires. The Caveman did his 1st road tri in 5 years! Come read more in a few days….


Where the Caveman sleeps. Langebaan lagoon in the background and the sound of the ocean in your ears. I never did get to see those 2 nocturnal porcupines the game ranger warned us about…


Where normal people sleep. A refurbished old farmyard stable.


Cant decide which picture I like best, so I included both. Voice your opinion below this blog or  on my facebook page. (link in left column)


Not all competitors did the full tri. There were more than 8 events in total- ranging from triathlon to mountain bike to surf ski and trail run. Most of the events were low key (numbers were small as the weekend was per invitation only) with the emphasis on having fun, enjoying nature, mixing with cool, like minded people and consuming large quantities of fine food and wine…


The 6000 hectare West Coast National Park gets birders very excited (its a RAMSAR site) and we are very privileged to have been able to swim, bike, run, and paddle in a National Park. Between all the sports, eating and socializing, I took a stroll to one of the bird hides on the lagoon. Pink flamingos feeding in the shallows and lots of other water birds I sadly know very little about.

Hats off to the sponsors (who made the event possible) Carole (who did the work) and especially Paul Ingpen, (who did the thinking and talking!) for bringing such a neat concept to life. Too many people take sports too seriously. Seriously, its only sports, HAVE FUN DAMMIT!




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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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