Winners of the inaugural Auto & General Cross Triathlon announced

Auto & General

Shaun Wolfaardt (T:01:49:04) and Hannah Newman (T: 02:06:48) have made history as the overall winners of the men and women’s categories of the inaugural Auto & General Cross Triathlon powered by HOT 102.7FM at Steyn City.

Winners Hannah Newman and Shaun Wolfaardt of the Triathlon flanked by Left Oloff van Niekerk COO (Steyn City) and Susan Steward Head of Marketing Auto & General

Congratulations also goes to HOT 102.7FM’s The Big Joburg Drive team. The team included Breyton Paulse as well as listeners who were chosen to take part in the event after the station issued a challenge between the two shows. 

“We are so very proud of the winners – and, of course, all those who participated in this, very exciting first event,” enthuses Ricardo Coetzee, Head of Auto & General Insurance. “We were counting down the days until we could prove what experience looks like with our proud partner Steyn City and we certainly didn’t disappoint.”

The triathlon’s setting plays a role in making this a unique event. Steyn City’s beautiful setting is the ideal location for athletes to test their mettle, because of the facilities offered by the parkland residence, including a mountain bike track that has been used for several cycling events; the clear crystalline waters of its 300m lagoon; and the 45km floodlit promenade that traverses all areas of the parkland. “We believe that there are few other residential developments in South Africa with the infrastructure to host an event of this scale in a secure setting,” says Giuseppe Plumari, CEO of Steyn City Properties. “The magnificent 2 000 acre parkland which forms Steyn City’s backdrop certainly contributed to the event’s atmosphere, with the music vibes of HOT 102.7FM adding a decidedly festive note.”

This host venue no doubt helped to attract some of South Africa’s best known triathletes, including Hannah Newman, Nico Sterk, Armand du Toit, Shaun Wolfaardt and Adriaan Myburgh. Seven-time XTERRA World Champion Conrad Stoltz and Emma Pallant, two-time world duathlon champion, also took part. 

Prizes for the winners included R10 000 for both the men and women who placed first, with second place winners taking home R6 000 each and R2 500 awarded to third place holders. 

The event was greatly enjoyed by those who took part. “It was an incredible day for the cross triathlon community, I had so much fun and look forward to being back here at Steyn City this time next year,” said Conrad Stoltz.

“We thank all who took part for making this an extremely successful event. We’re already looking forward to next year’s edition,” concludes Ricardo Coetzee.

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