Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival Media Release

 No: kc2104

15 Sept 2021

Embargo : None

Written by : Dave Macleod


Scarpa uses Karkloof Classic as Munga base training


Howick - When the field of eager mountain bikers assembles for the start of the 45 kilometre ride at the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival on the weekend of 9 and 10 October, seasoned MTB enthusiast Flavio Scarpa wil have a much bigger goal in mind as he uses the ride to prepare for his debut at the gruelling 1124km Munga ride from Bloemfontein to Wellington in early December.

Scarpa, who hails from Scottburgh on the KZN South Coast says he has been drawn to the brutal challenge of covering the vast distance in five days as a new way to further his unique involvement with the Cycling4Mobility charity that has provided over 250 wheelchairs to disadvantaged people who desperately need them since 2012.

Scarpa runs the annual Sappi Scottburgh Trail Festival which every year generates significant income for the Cycling4Mobility cause, but with the onset of the Covid-19 lockdown that has dried up as the race has been cancelled, forcing Scarpa to refocus his thinking.

“120 hours is the target to complete the Munga, and I am inviting donors to sponsor me any amount per hour that I can complete the Munga inside my personal target of 96 hours,” explained Scarpa.

“That is the way I have come up with to raise money for Cycling4Mobility after our usual source of funds through the Scottburgh races ceased to exist.”

Scarpa, who works for Sappi on the South Coast, is no stranger to tough MTB races and is one of the so-called “Mamba Legends” that have completed every edition of the annual sani2c stage race.

The Munga immediately caught his attention when it was first held in 2014, and in particular the signs at the beginning and end of the race.

“The sign at the start says ”The end – of the life you knew” and the sign at the finish says “The start – of the rest of your life”. That really appeals to me,” says Scarpa.

The key to completing a satisfying Munga lies in adequate preparation and racking up the mileage in the build-up to the first week in December.

Scarpa is a fan of the Karkloof trails and wants to use the 29th edition of the Karkloof Classic as part of that training.

“It will be a good-value 45km I am sure, but to make up my mileage for that day I think I will ride there from Hilton. And then back to Hilton after the race,” he said.

Anyone keen to support Scarpa on his fundraiser for Cycling4Mobility at the Munga 2021 can email him directly on Flavio.Scarpa@sappi.com.

The 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival takes place at the Marriott Karkloof Country Club on Saturday 9 and 10 October.
More info can be found at https://www.karkloofclub.co.za/events/sappi-karkloof-classic-trail-festival-2021/
Entries are strictly limited at https://roag.org/events/event-info/3677/sappi-karkloof-classic 

Saturday 9 October
07h00 18 km Sappi Karkloof Classic trail run
07h30 9km Sappi Karkloof Classic trail run
08h00 45km Sappi Karkloof Classic MTB
09h00 20km Sappi Karkloof Classic MTB
13h00 Stihl Karkloof Enduro

Sunday 10 October
07h00 18 km Sappi Karkloof Classic trail run
07h30 9km Sappi Karkloof Classic trail run
08h00 45km Sappi Karkloof Classic MTB
09h00 20km Sappi Karkloof Classic MTB

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Scottburgh MTB enthusiast Flavio Scarpa is using the upcoming Sappi Karloof Classic Trail Festival as part of his base training for the 1000km Munga in early December.

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“The sign at the start of the Munga says ”The end – of the life you knew” and the sign at the finish says “The start – of the rest of your life”. That really appeals to me,” says Flavio Scarpa.

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