Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival Media Release

 No: kc2201

11 May 2022

Embargo : None

Written by : Dave Macleod

Sappi Karkloof Classic to host SA Marathon Champs

Karkloof - The popular Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May has been given an added boost by being awarded the Cycling SA Marathon Championships for 2022.

The legendary trails through the Sappi plantations of the Karkloof are a popular choice for trail runners and mountain bikers, and the annual trail festival is expected to see the Karkloof Club a hive of activity on the last weekend in May.

Serious senior MTB athletes keen to challenge for the SA medals will need to train for a tough 85 kilometres in the saddle as the signature event will decide the national marathon titles for elite, sub-veteran and veteran men and the elite women for 2022.

The top junior boys and women age groups riders will do battle for the SA medals over the 60km layout, the junior girls and female masters will contest the 40km race and the sprogs and nippers and sub-juniors will ride the 20km race.

The event usually attracts the cream of the country's MTB marathon specialists, which will make the 30th anniversary of what has become one of the country's benchmark events a red letter weekend on the national racing calendar.

"We are going to make sure that it is a really special occasion to get back to racing and a full event," said Karkloof chair Andrew Nicholson.

"We are going to put on a big show with a focus on great value, great atmosphere and getting back to having fun on the best trails in the country.

"There is a lot of interest in the events so we expect a big turnout," said Nicholson.

"Riders and runners can expect amazing water tables and amazing trails. The committee and the trail building team have been putting in a huge effort for some time now and it is looking good for a special weekend at the Marriott Karkloof Country Club."

"And being SA Champs is just going to add to the weekend," he added.

In a change from previous year's the Enduro Festival has been moved to a stand-alone event on the weekend of 11th and 12 of June.

The Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival 2022 will take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May. More info can be found at

Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival 2022
Schedule of events:
Saturday 28th May
07h30 21km Trail Run
08h00 9km Trail Run

Sunday 29th May
07h00 85km MTB
08h00 60km MTB
08h45 40km MTB
09h30 20km MTB
09h50 9km Trail Run
10h00 10km MTB


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The country's top marathon mountain bikers will converge on the iconic trails through the Sappi plantations for the 2022 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club that will host the national marathon championships for 2022.

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While offering a true test of skills ands stamina, the trails groomed for the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival every year leave mountain bikers grinning with pleasure.

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The 2022 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on 28 and 29 May will include trails runs on both days.

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