Classic Trail Festival
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Written by : Nick Tatham
Trails return to their roots for 25th Karkloof Classic
Howick – The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands gem that is the Sappi Karkloof
Classic Trail Festival will take it famous trails back to its roots as
the event celebrates its 25th anniversary over the weekend of 26 and 27
The Karkloof trails have become famous over the decades for being
accessible and enjoyable for hard core mountain bikers as well as
beginners. In recent years there has been a significant switch in the
trails but trail builder Hylton Turvey is nostalgically taking riders
back to the original route.
“Last year was the first year that we didn’t use the Lebanon section of
the trail for the 60km marathon and we are going to use it again this
year,” Turvey said.
“It’s such a popular part of the Karkloof trail network and we have
changed things back this year quite significantly.
“We have also change the trail coming down from Lebanon and this year it
is going to be a very unique and special bit of trail that will take
riders through natural forest and grassland.”
Due to the nature of the Sappi plantations that form a crucial part of
the trail network around the Karkloof Country Club, Turvey has had to
change some sections of trail as plantation harvesting takes priority.
“There are sections that we have included this year that have been out
of action for the past few editions of the race.
“Especially for the trail runners, there is a lot more trail involved
because we were told that that was an area that we needed to improve
The Bat out of Hell section of trail was another popular element that
has been missing in recent years and Turvey has given this piece of
track a make-over and a new name going into this year’s edition of the
Sappi Karkloof Classic.
“A Canadian film maker by the name of Matt Hunter came to Karkloof and
we took him through the Bat out of Hell section and we needed to get it
back on the Karkloof route.
“We have made a few changes to it and we are calling it Sisonke, which
means we are all together in isiXhosa.
“It’s named after my brother who was pretty influential in the reworking
of the trail there and we are glad to have it back in the race,” Turvey
In 2017 Turvey felt that the aQuellé 40km half marathon might have taken
a turn towards a more difficult outing and 2018 will see the event move
back to its roots near the Karkloof Club.
“We will set up the course for the 40km race around the club where we
have set up some new trails as well as incorporating a stretch of track
that we haven’t used since 2015.
“There are always a few changes that we make and we try and set it up
where a few changes make quite a big difference.
“We are lucky to have such a huge expanse of trails and hope that this
year will be another exciting year,” Turvey added.
The 2018 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival takes place at the
Karkloof Country Club on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018. More info
can be found at
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The beautiful, swooping trails
of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival have been given a revamp in
2018 as trail builder Hylton Turvey takes riders back to the familiar
trails for the event coming up over the weekend of 26-27 May.
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