Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival Diary Note

 No: kc1901

14 May 2018

Embargo : None

Written by : Dave Macleod


MTB and trail enthusiasts enter for Karkloof festival

Howick - The popularity of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival weekend of mountain biking and trail running is being reflected in a steady stream if entries for all the events that will be part of the 2019 edition on the June 1 and 2.

Now into its 26th year, the trails through the plantations and countryside of the Karkloof have earned an enviable reputation amongst mountain bikers across the country as fast and flowing, offering rewarding views at the end of each tough climb while at the same time being technically challenging enough to make each ride memorable.

The decision to open the trails to the ever increasing number of trail runners in 2016 has paid dividends as the numbers taking part in the various trail runs have mushroomed in three years.

The Karkloof Club is also the epicentre of the provinces passionate Enduro community that has been responsible for creation of some of the most thrilling descents that are linked for these unique competitions for gravity thrill-seekers.

The 60km Sappi Karkloof Marathon has developed a respected reputation in the South African MTB community, and the stellar field has seen the class of Max Knox, Brendon Davids, and last years champion Julian Jessop gracing the top step of the podium in recent years.

Intermediate riders find enough of a challenge in the 40km aQuellé Half Marathon, which course designer Hylton Turvey takes to new corners of the Karkloof trail network that boasts over 200km of managed trails, jeep track and single track.

In keeping with the family ethos of the event the club always lays on the very manageable 20km and 10km aQuellé Family Ride to allow every member of the active family to get in on the action.

After three years of steadily increasing support some of the best trail runners in the region will stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the start line for the 18km Karkloof Trail Run that gets under way early on the Saturday morning, often as the typical mist starts to burn off in the Karkloof valley, followed thirty minutes later by the 9km option.

Camping at the Karkloof club remains an option for athletes and their families keen to make a weekend of the opportunity in the Karkloof, while others opt for B&B accommodation in one of many Karkloof establishments, offering more defence against the chilly winter evenings.

The event always underscores the parallel support for the local community through it’s involvement with local farm schools and creches. Last year riders and runners happily donated books and toys to the nearby Hawkstone Primary School, and specifically the new Early Childhood Development project that was started there last year.

Date: Saturday 1 and 2 June 2019
Venue: Karkloof Country Club

Schedule:
• Saturday, 1 June
07h00 - 18km Karkloof Trail Run (Normal Entries - R150, Late Entries - R170)
07h30 - 9km Karkloof Trail Run (Normal Entries - R110, Late Entries R130)
12h00 - STIHL Karkloof Enduro (Normal Entries - R180, Late Entries - R220)
• Sunday, 2 June
07h30 - 60km Sappi Karkloof Marathon (Normal Entries - R230, Late Entries - R270)
08h30 - 40km aQuellé Half Marathon (Normal Entries - R190, Late Entries - R230)
09h20 - 9km Karkloof Trail Run (Normal Entries - R110, Late Entries R130)
09h30 - 20km aQuellé Family Ride (Normal Entries - R140, Late Entries - R180)
10h00 - 10km aQuellé Kids Ride (Normal Entries - R70, Late Entries - R90)

Normal entries are open and close at 24h00 on 26 May while late entries will be taken until 24h00 on 29 May. Registration will take place at the Karkloof Club on the following days:
Saturday 1st June - 05h30 to 11h45 & Sunday 2nd June - 05h30 to 09h45

More info can be found at www.karkloofmtb.co.za

ENDS

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Julian Jessop savours his victory in the 60km Sappi Ultra Marathon on the second day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival last year.

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Julian Jessop leads the race through The Gauntlet during the 60km Sappi Karkloof Marathon on the second day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival last year.

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Women's race winner Bianca Haw negotiates a river crossing during the 60km Sappi Karkloof Marathon on the second day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival last year.

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Karkloof junior Keira Duncan powering downhill to take the overall honours at the STIHL Karkloof Enduro on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival last year.

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Runner up Kath Fourie in action during the STIHL Karkloof Enduro on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival last year.

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Airborne in The Gauntlet, third placed junior Connor Finnis racing in the STIHL Karkloof Enduro on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival last year.

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Zimbabwean Nomore Mandivengerei being shadowed by Mthobisi Mzolo at the front of the men's 18km trail run on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival last year.

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Runners taking part in the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival enjoy the trails through the Sappi plantations as the early morning mist burns off last year.

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Trails runners on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival skirting the Karkloof River.

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The 9km and 18km trail runs on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival take in trials through Karkloof plantations and farmlands.

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Manicured trails and superb weather left smiles on the faces of the trail runners on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival last year.

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The big field of trail runners for the 18km and 9km trail runs set off into the mist on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival last year.

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Family participation is always a priority at the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival.

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Family participation is always a priority at the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival.

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