Illovo Eston MTB Challenge Media Release

No: eston1906

30 July 2019

Embargo: None

      Written By: Nick Tatham

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 good form.

“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 added.

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 opportunity.

“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


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 - R250)
09h00 - 40km aQuellé Eston Half Marathon (Pre-entry - R180, Late entry - R210)
09h30 - 18km STIHL Tala Family Ride (Pre-entry - R140, Late entry - R160)
10h00 - 10km Omnia Kids Ride (Pre-entry - R70, Late entry - R80)


Enter via ROAG ( 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 in ASAP!

At Eston Farmers' Club on Sunday, 4 August from 05h30-09h30.


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Despite never winning the Illovo 60km Marathon, Titan Racing's Tiffany Keep will be back to go one better at the 2019 Illovo Eston MTB Challenge. Anthony Grote/
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