SA team excels in extreme terrain against world’s best
JASON Reed made South Africa and East London proud after he was placed third in his age group at the Cross World Triathlon Champion- ships this month.
In an interview with the Go! prior to the event, Reed promised to “give it his best shot” .
The young athlete was chosen to represent Triathlon South Africain the 30 to 34 age group category in the international showpiece, which took place on November 18 in Australia.
Located in the heart of Australia’s High County, and starting at an altitude of 1100m with Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciusko, as the backdrop, the course proved a tough challenge.
The course included some of the best fast and flowing single-track mountain bike trails, and gritty off-road running trails in Australia.
“It was very tough. There was a section where we had to run in a stream of 200m of water – cold mountain water,” Reed said.
“There were also muddy areas. It was not easy, but you know South Africans never give up.”
He said the South African team was the smallest with no manager, no coach or financial support but they rejoiced in an overall second place in the women’s race, a first place in the junior men’s race and a second place in the junior women’s race.
“We do not back down easy. The competition was intimidating with all the other countries with the best and latest equipment, but we conquered. We are very proud.”