Sappi Karkloof Classic
Trail Festival Media Release
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Written by : Nick Tatham
Sappi Karkloof Classic returns in 2023 with exciting line-up
Karkloof - One of the country's premier one-day MTB marathon events the
Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival will return and once again will
offer something for everyone with the popular trail running events also on
the cards over the weekend of 27-28 May.
The event will incorporate the trail running aspects on the Saturday with
the 21km and 9km trail runs and once again will give runners the
opportunity to take in the splendour of the Karkloof with views of the
Karkloof River, Albert Falls Dam and the Karkloof Valley.
"The trail runs are going to follow very similar routes to last year and
the 21km route is almost identical to 2022," route builder at the Karkloof
Club Nick Stubbs said.
"For the 21km run, runners will be running through grassland, dairy
farmland and pastures into a beautiful section of indigenous bush, back
onto the farm land, across the Karkloof River again and then back to the
"In the 9km race you cross the Karkloof River and meander along the river
to the main Crammond Road where it carries along the river all the way to
Sunday's MTB racing feeds riders' adrenalin fix as they take on the famous
Karkloof trails over various distances. There are four different rides to
choose from that will test and entertain riders from beginners to elites.
The main, flagship event is the 60km marathon and this year the race is
expected to once again attract some of the top mountain biking talent
around to battle it out for the coveted title of Karkloof Classic
"The major changes to the 60km route for this year is that we have taken
Colby's Crunch and Rockward's Angel out of the route with the focus on
decreasing the amount of boring, long gravel sections," Stubbs added.
"We are trying to add more single track which makes it more technical and
a lot of fun."
There is a shorter 40km race and this will be an exciting ride for riders
that are not ready for the full marathon or are looking for something more
"With the 40km route we've tried to make it a little bit more accessible
for riders who found the 40km route a little too technical in the past.
"We've decreased the rocky, technical single track and increased the more
flowing, fun single-track for the every-day rider.
"It's a very easy route and the riders will get a good view of the
Karkloof Falls on their way back to the club."
The 20km ride is an easy ride for anyone with very little single-track and
riders will be able to see the famous Karkloof Falls as they enjoy a drink
at the water table.
The shortest ride is the 10km which is ideal for anyone starting out on a
mountain bike and for those youngsters that are eager to test themselves.
The 10km route remains a kids favourite at the Sappi Karkloof Classic
The Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival 2023 will take place on
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May.
can be found at
Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival 2023
SATURDAY 27th MAY
07h30 - 21km Trail Run
08h00 - 9km Trail Run
SUNDAY 28th MAY
07h30 - 60km MTB
08h15 - 40km MTB
09h00 - 20km MTB
09h20 - 9km Trail Run
09h30 - 10km MTB
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The 2023 Sappi Karkloof Trail
Festival will see the best mountain bikers converge on the famous trails
of the Karkloof for the various MTB races on Sunday 28 May.
The 2023 Sappi Karkloof Trail
Festival will kick off with the ever popular trail runs with a 21km and
9km option for runners on Saturday 27 May.
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