They’re an illustrious bunch are the 20 invited athletes of the Oakley X-Over presented by Seartec distributors of Sharp. Disguised and yet so varied in their accomplishments – most you would know about, here is a snapshot of interesting factoids to chew on though. Go on, have a pop quiz with your mates… (By the way, who is your money on for the win?)
- Ryan Sandes holds the record for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse.
Indeed, the ultra trail ace ran and expedition partner Ryno Griesel, set a new record (41hours:49mins) for the complete 210 kilometre Grand Traverse of the Drakensberg Mountain range in South Africa. That for a trail most hikers take about seven days to complete.
- Greg Minnaar is the most winningest downhill World Cup mountain biker.
With his recent win at Fort William in Scotland, the man from Maritzburg took his tally to 19 world cup career victories.
- John Smit is a member of the Amabubesi
As in, he’s completed three Absa Cape Epics. Oh yes!
- Nick de Wit once ramped his motorbike over an aeroplane
The SA Freestyle Motocross pioneer lists pulling-off the Red Bull Over/Under project with late aerobatics pilot Glen Dell in 2013 as one of the highlights of his career.
- Jordy Smith is an Instagram phenom
Oh, you don’t follow him? Well you’re in the minority because he has 371 000 followers. Some rockstars have less.
- Ryan O’Connor is more than a radio host
The voice of Cape Town is part of the hallowed ‘sub-3’ club having completed the Cape Town Cycle Tour in under 3 hours.
- Dale Steyn is a movie star
Aside from his his extreme pace and ability to swing the ball both ways, he is a global fan favourite for his flamboyant character. Think tattoos, piercing eyes, throbbing veins and that trademark chainsaw celebration. So recognisable are his features, that Steyn played a cameo as himself in the 2014 Hollywood film ‘Blended’.
- Raynard Tissink is Ironman royalty
He has eight IRONMAN titles: IRONMAN Korea in 2002 and 2007, IRONMAN Canada in 2003, IRONMAN South Africa in 2005, 2010 and 2011, IRONMAN Wisconsin in 2009 and IRONMAN Austria in 2005.