Keep excited to renew Eston love affair
Eston – Having finished second in the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge 60km
Marathon in 2017, Tiffany Keep will be back in 2019 to try and go one
better on Sunday, 4 August at the Eston Farmers Club, fresh from her
victory in the national Under 23 cross country championships.
Keep continues to juggle a successful mountain biking career with her
impressive road cycling career and will always describe herself as a
cyclist who is privileged to be able to do both.
2019 has been jam-packed for the Kloof-based Titan Racing ace who had to
take an involuntary break after the African MTB Championships in Namibia
in the first quarter of the year.
“I had a bad crash on my road bike which forced me to rest for around
two weeks,” the bubbly Varsity College student said.
“I cut my knee really badly and had to have internal and external
stiches, but looking back on it, it was a break that was good for me!”
Keep was back in action just days after she was given the all clear and
has been in a big block of racing which will continue well beyond next
weekend’s Eston MTB Challenge. Encouragingly for her she has been in
“I rode the KZN Cross Country Champs at Cascades and then road the SA
Cross Country Series race at the same venue and did nicely.
“I won both the road race and the MTB race at the Knysna Festival and
followed that up with the USSA title.
“The national cross country championships were up in Johannesburg
recently and I also managed to win the Under 23 age category,” she
In 2018 Keep was forced to race the 40km race at Eston as the rule was
enforced that juniors could not take part in the 60km marathon. Keep
cantered to victory and finished fifth overall.
There are a number of elements on the Eston tracks that Keep believes
plays into her hands.
“I think the course is well suited to cross country riders and I always
enjoyed the climbs on the 60km track.
“There are great sections of single track too which I am looking forward
to – unless they have changed the route!” she laughed.
Keep recently had to settle for second at the Karkloof Classic a few
months ago following an error on her part. She took the situation in her
stride and looked at the positives rather than dwell on a missed
“That one stung quite a lot,” she commented. “When I looked back on it
couldn’t blame anyone else but myself so I decided that I would look at
the fact that I was in good shape and had been strong enough to build a
five minute lead.
“I also felt that my endurance was in a good place so there were many
more positives than negatives.”
Following the Eston showdown, it doesn’t slow down for Keep as she jets
off to Morocco and then Europe.
“I’m going to the Africa Games next where I’ll ride the road race and
the mountain bike race and then I’m off to Europe to ride in two tours.
“Hopefully I will do enough to make the road world championships after
that so it is another busy block of racing for me!”
More information can be found at
Date: Sunday, 4 August 2019
Venue: Eston Farmers Club, KZN
Start Times, Distances & Entry Fees:
06h30 - 18km Trail Run (Pre-entry - R140, Late entry - R160)
06h45 - 9km Trail Run (Pre-entry - R100, Late entry - R120)
08h30 - 60km Illovo Eston Marathon (Pre-entry - R220, Late entry
09h00 - 40km aQuellé Eston Half Marathon (Pre-entry - R180, Late entry
09h30 - 18km STIHL Tala Family Ride (Pre-entry - R140, Late entry
10h00 - 10km Omnia Kids Ride (Pre-entry - R70, Late entry
15% FAMILY DISCOUNT FOR 4 OR MORE ENTRIES
AT ILLOVO ESTON 2019!
Enter via ROAG (www.roag.co.za).
Late entries will be accepted online from 29 July to 1 August until 24h00 or at the venue on the day.
Each race is limited to 800 riders so make sure that you get that entry
At Eston Farmers' Club on Sunday, 4 August from 05h30-09h30.