Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival Media Release

 No: kc2109

9 Oct 2021

Embargo : None

Written by : Dave Macleod

Enduro junkies thrive on reworked Karkloof course

Karkloof - The 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival got underway in pristine conditions on Saturday as the adrenalin junky STIHL Enduro riders got the first of the competitive events underway on Saturday.

The stages were given a revamp recently which was well received by the riders on Saturday as they bombed down the five stages amongst the Sappi plantations.

It was a day for defending champion Kira Duncan to savour as he obliterated the field through the five stages to finish a minute ahead of second place Ross Kew while Cameron Morewood finished in third place overall.

Karkloof is Duncan's home track and the local managed to show his impressive form as he looks to national events coming up later in the year.

"I've been putting in some decent training in the build up to some big events later in the year," Duncan said. "We've got SA Champs and Western Province Champs so I used today as a good training ride for that.

"It wasn't too difficult but the trails and the weather conditions turned out really well which was great.

"It was prime out there and I saw a lot of happy faces which was brilliant to see especially because I think we've put together a really nice course made up of some really nice stages."

Despite the training aspect to Duncan's ride on Saturday, he knew it was an important event in the greater scheme of things going forward into a big block of events.

"I was very, very happy with how it went and it was really important to me to use this as a good training ride and whack it as hard as I can!"

For someone who has grown up on the trails of the Karkloof, Duncan is excited with the direction that the enduro discipline is moving in and looks forward to seeing it grow.

"I've seen the enduro community grow a lot especially in the Karkloof and more riders seem to be coming out more relaxed and just enjoying the trails.

"Karkloof is hugely important for me as a rider and I know this place like the back of my hand but there are new places to explore and there is just so much potential for trails throughout the area."

In the women's race it was Sabine Thies who was the fastest over the five stages of the race to claim a dominant victory of over two and a half minutes.

Thies won the race ahead of Teah Gundry in second and Chloe Allison in third.

The morning saw excited runners and riders take to the trails in a number of different un-timed rides and runs over the various distances that will be tackled again on Sunday.

Sunday's action will see the main 45km MTB marathon take place at 08h00 while the 20km MTB race starts at 08h30.

The 21km trail run starts at 07h30 and the shorter 9km run starts at 07h50.

The 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival takes place at the Marriott Karkloof Country Club on Saturday 9 and 10 October.

Stihl Enduro

1. Kira Duncan 12:24
2. Ross Kew 13:24
3. Cameron Morewood 14:05
4. Omar Wilson 14:06
5. Alex Martin de Bruin 14:20
6. Stuart Waterworth 14:29
7. Patrick Morewood 14:29
8. Lorenzo Lotz 14:42
9. Derick Williams 14:55
10. Riaan Botha 15:03

1. Sabine Thies 16:22
2. Teah Gundry 19:03
3. Chloe Allison 20:00
4. Lauren Tracey Talbot 20:07
5. Karen Fortune 20:10

More info can be found at

Sunday, 10 October
07h30 - 21km Trail Run
07h50 - 9km Trail Run
08h00 - 45km MTB
08h30 - 20km MTB


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Enduro star Kira Duncan dominated their field to take a second consecutive title at the Stihl Enduro on day one of the 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on Saturday.

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The young Sabine Thies was the fastest lady by over two and a half minutes over the five stages of the Stihl Enduro on day one of the 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on Saturday.

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The riders all returned will smiles after some exhilarating riding at the Stihl Enduro on day one of the 2021 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on Saturday.

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