Sappi Karkloof Classic
Trail Festival Media Release
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Written by : Nick Tatham
Thies out to continue Karkloof dominance
Karkloof Ė Young gravity specialist Sabine Thies will be back at the Sappi
Karkloof Enduro this weekend, part of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail
Festival with eyes on another womenís title.
Thies has dominated the local gravity scene and was in line for a trip
overseas to race, however with plans falling through she will be on the
start line this Saturday with her focus on claiming the KZN Enduro
ďItís the silver lining on a dark cloud that I get to race the KZN Champs
this weekend and Iím really looking forward to racing at Karkloof again,Ē
ďI was a little bit bummed that I was going to miss the race if I was
overseas, but I havenít ridden there since about December so Iím looking
forward to getting back out on the trails.
ďI love racing there because itís always different and if thereís a bit of
water then it gets slippery and when they fell some trees, the same trails
have a completely different perspective.Ē
Despite not being able to travel to race, the PYGA/Leatt Clothing athlete
is using this chance to continue to refine her form as she looks forward
to the next challenge.
ďI am feeling good, and my form has been good, but itís been quite a short
season where I have put most of my focus into my downhill.
ďThis weekend will be a good chance to test my enduro skills and I think
that itís going to be an exciting weekend because anything can happen; a
puncture, a slip and your race is done so itís going to be good racing.Ē
Enduro has become a hugely popular discipline of mountain biking and this
yearís Sappi Karkloof Enduro will be raced over two days. For the Wartburg
resident itís exciting to see the discipline growing and understand why
itís become so popular.
ďThere are so many more women taking part in enduro which is brilliant to
see, and I think the discipline is very sociable which makes it appealing
to so many people.
ďFor me it always helps my downhill training because you need to be fit
for enduro so that always helps.
ďItís going to be another exciting weekend of racing in the Karkloof this
weekend and Iím really looking forward to seeing everyone and racing on
such exciting trails,Ē Thies added.
The 2023 Sappi Karkloof Enduro will be two days of riding the famous
Karkloof trails with no trails being duplicated on both days.
There will also be an Enduro Lite option for younger riders or those
wanting something shorter, and you are able to ride just one of the two
days, however you will be excluded from any prize categories.
For more information go to
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Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival
Young PYGA Bikes/Leatt
Clothing rider Sabine Thies will be back to defend her women's title at
the 2023 Sappi Karkloof Enduro, part of the Sappi
Karkloof Classic Trail Festival and will race on the trails he maintains
over the weekend of 10-11 June.
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