MiWay Durban Ultra Triathlon Media Release
5 Dec 17
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Written by: Dave Macleod
Matt Trautman factors Durban Ultra into his
Durban - Champion triathlete Matt Trautman will be heading for the MiWay
Durban Ultra Triathlon on Sunday 4 March keen to race the iconic beachfront
based course, and to move on from his horrific 2016 crash that left him with
fractured vertebrae and reduced to a spectator of the sport that he loves.
At last year’s Durban Ultra Trautman was the events most famous, and
frustrated spectator, watching the country’s top triathletes racing on a hot
“It was frustrating to stand there and watch but at the same time it was
such a relief to be up and about,” said Trautman. “I was there to support my
sponsor, It was a really hot day so part of me was relieved to be a
Trautman was hit by a car while riding near his home in Stellenbosch in
January last year and ended up having pins and plates inserted to fuse
vertebrae together, before starting the slow process of recovery and
Unable to take any pressure on his spine, he started swimming and running on
the anti-gravity treadmill before slowly returning to normal training.
In what was a recovery celebrated in the triathlon community, he was back on
the start line for a sprint event and then a few Olympic distance triathlons
before squaring up to a full 70.3 triathlon two weeks ago.
“I really wasn’t sure how my body would react!” says Trautman. “There have
been some tough moments in training, but after the Race2Stanford race I
started to develop confidence in my body being able to go for four hours.
“It is a relief to be competitive again, but there is still room to build
on,” the 32 year old MiWay/Red Bull athlete said.
With his sights set on the 70.3 World Champs in Port Elizabeth in September
2018 and the Kailua-Kona event in Hawaii, Trautman sees the MiWay Durban
Ultra as a key part of his build-up to the championship event.
“It is a great race that fits in well in between the East London event and
the Ironman SA .
“It is a great course, with a nice warm swim, and a great bike leg. The run
can be hard if it is a hot day in Durban,” he said.
Entries are limited to 1600 Ultra and 800 Sprint athletes and entries are
filling up quickly. Entries close on the 1st February.
The MiWay Durban Ultra Triathlon takes place on Sunday 4 March. More
information can be found at
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On the comeback from his
serious spine injury, champion triathlete Matt Trautman is looking
forward to the 2018 MiWay Durban Ultra Triathlon on Sunday, 4 March 2018.
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