Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival Media Release

 No: kc2310

09 June 2023

Embargo : None

Written by : Tim Whitfield

Thies and Duncan the pair to beat at Karkloof gravity event

Karkloof Two weeks ago the marathon mountain bikers were able to enjoy the country's top ranked trails, and this weekend the adrenaline fuelled riders have a chance to push the boundaries in the Sappi Karkloof Enduro at the Marriott Karkloof Country Club.

The event doubles as the KZN Enduro Championships, so provincial titles will be at stake in the event that sees riders battling it out over 10 sections split over the two days of competition.

In the men's competition, former enduro national champion and chief trail manager at Karkloof, Keira Duncan, is overwhelming favourite. As the leader of the current 2023 KZN Enduro Series he has already shown himself to be the man to beat this year, and with home-course advantage he should have the edge.

His nearest challenges in the current series have been Liam Read and Sharjah Jonsson, while youngsters Ross Kew and Liam Hall cannot be discounted.

One rider who starred two weeks ago, Omar Wilson, has been threatening to produce a top gravity result and the 40km winner will be hoping for a bit of luck and a double title at Karkloof.

In the women's event, Sabine Thies is unlikely to be put under too much pressure. The PYGA/Leatt Clothing rider was meant to be competing overseas but that trip fell through and that sad news is also bad for her rivals.

The Wartburg resident is focussing on downhill but she is one of the country's top prospects in all forms of gravity racing and it is hard to see her being beaten over a full weekend of action.

While the senior and older age-group riders are fighting for titles over ten stages, there is also a "Lite" event for younger riders and they will ride a reduced programme of three stages each day.

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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.

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Decorated South African enduro star Keira Duncan will be back at the 2023 Stihl 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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