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in memory of my dad

My dad and my hero passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Liezel and I are flying home on Sunday for his funeral.

Words fail me.

Here are some fond memories…







Braai lessons on a hiking trip- a skill every South African boy must have. (BBQ)


Our bike trip after he beat cancer for the 1st time.



“He had to bribe Liezel to marry me” was their joke. We’re so happy he was there for the moment, even though he was really sick


My parents lived an amazing life

Victory and fun at XTERRA Knysna, South Africa


Just a quick post to celebrate the unhacking of  my website- will blog more extensively soon.

Had a lot of fun at XTERRA Knysna and the Oyster Fesitival. Knysna is a stunning place, and after 20 years of endless summer, I saw that this kind of winter I can live with if I really have to- a week of 24C and sunny after a few days rain.


Lieuwe Boonstra 3rd (in his last pro race on SA soil), 1x Caveman (in now khaki kit), MTB ace Kevin Evans 2nd. Yes, Oakley did clean up!

Thanks to Fanus from for the pix.

Liezel and I also did the Waterfront Rush for laughs. Here is a sneak peek…


Liezel and I dropping in. I’m not a big fan of heights and almost dropped into my pants…


Trying not to laugh at Liezel tipped over


It all ended well- No one drowned, but rock climbing is for monkeys…

Balega socks at Fleet Feet Burlington

Just like at XTERRA Coeur D’Alene and XTERRA  Richmond, my friends from Balega (new website) came out to help spread the Balega and Fleet Feet specialty sport store love to the local community.

We usually have a meet and greet at the local Fleet Feet. (Even rhymes!) We smile knowingly when people rave about the best socks they have ever worn, I sign some posters, take a few pictures with athletes and their families, but mostly people ooh and aah at my foot. (this time anyway)

Doug from Fleet Feet Burlington manning the door.

Fleet Feet

Rob Zellmer from Balega (also the sister company Doctor Specified) took me to the traditional post Fleet Feet dinner. We tasted the local brews (this one is a “Beetroot Wacko”) and although Rob was warned about my appetite by Chris and Carol but he was still shocked when I had 2 main courses…

Rob Zellmer Balega

The making of a video. For

This video was made for the “triathlon” part of the i-am-specialized website.

The a href=”” target=”_blank”>i-am-specialized website is aimed at being the public’s way of following Specialized riders’ racing and stories online. It is a new site and will mostly aim at internet video content. Internet video is the new TV.

I am honoured to be the 1st triathlete to have a video on the site.

Terrenzo and Macca will have videos soon…

The shoot started with swimming.

Bobby Behan – our Marketing Manager (and a few other things) used to be a pro triathlete himself, (we lived and trained together in Stellenbosch in 2000) so he knew exactly what needed to go into this movie. He sat in the director chair for 2 days.

Aaron Vogel just realized his dream job by becoming Specialized’s first in-house videographer. He says it wasnt really his dream job- he couldnt dream of a job where he could ride bikes and make movies AND get paid for it!

Anyway, Bobby decided we’ll kick off with swimming. And posing. Lots and lots of posing. I hate posing, but it was one of the many things I learnt about acting that fateful day….


Posing to da max.  Oh yes, on the speedo issue- I’m old school (ie started racing tri in the late 80s) so I wear a speedo. End of story. At least its not lime green or pink. Like it was in
this picture from 1992!

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Falke socks ad in South Africa


Falke socks is basically the South African version of Balega socks. (USA) Or vice versa?! Anyway, thay are the best out there in terms of quality. Seamless toe boxes, deep heels, 1st class yarn. Cool company too.




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Cavegirl on the way!!!

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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…

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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

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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

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#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…
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Cheers to a remarkable 2012

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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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