Karkloof Classic to host SA Cycling Marathon Championships

Karkloof Classic to host SA Cycling Marathon Championships

The Karkloof Classic Trail Festival on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May has been given an added boost. 

Already a popular event the Kazrkloof Classic has also been awarded the Cycling SA Marathon Championships for 2022.

The annual trail festival is expected to see the Karkloof Club become a hive of activity on the last weekend in May.

Top seniors set for a gruelling challenge at Karkloof Classic

Serious senior MTB athletes keen to challenge for the SA medals will need to ready for a tough 85 kilometres in the saddle.

The signature event will also 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 also do battle for the SA medals over the 60km layout.

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 consistently draws the cream of the country’s MTB marathon specialists.

30 years on

Karkloof Classic
The 2022 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival at the Marriott Karkloof Club on 28 and 29 May will include trail runs on both days.
Photo: Gavin Ryan/Quick Pix/Gameplan Media

The Karkloof Classic will celebrate the 30th anniversary of what has become one of the country’s benchmark events with 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.

Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival 2022

Schedule of events:

Saturday 28 May

21km Trail Run

9km Trail Run

Sunday 29th May

85km MTB

60km MTB

40km MTB

20km MTB

9km Trail Run

10km MTB

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