Classic Trail Festival
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Written by : Nick Tatham
White putting previous Karkloof disappointment behind him
Karkloof – Seasoned mountain biker Tyronne White will be hoping that
2018 will be the year that he can break his Sappi Karkloof Trail
Festival hoodoo and break onto the podium at the iconic 60km marathon on
Sunday, 27 May.
The Karkloof Classic hasn’t been kind to White in the past and so in the
lead up to the 2018 edition he has decided to take a different approach
hoping for a positive result at the Karkloof Country Club next week.
“For some reason I have never had a good race at Karkloof,” the North
Coast resident mentioned. “The race always falls just after the KAP
sani2c and the Old Mutual joBerg2c so there could be a fair amount of
fatigue in my legs.
“This year I have given both of those races a skip so I am feeling
fresher but also really good on the bike having won the aQuellé Tour
Durban cyclo-cross race as well as a race in Mthunzini recently.”
The Karkloof Classic often attracts the top marathon riders in the
province and with the likes of PYGA/Euro Steel’s Julian Jessop on the
start line, White is going to have his work cut out for him over the
There have been a few changes in the route from last year as the event
takes a turn back to it’s original layout. White is looking forward to
the challenges and feels that the move back to the old route might play
into his hands.
“It’s a proper 60km marathon and with that comes some awesome single
track and some tough climbs.
“I have always felt that my single track riding was my main strength but
recently I have been working hard on my climbing and I think that that
aspect is going to be a strength.
“With the Lebanon section back in the race I am looking forward to that
because I am more effective on the longer, more gradual climbs – the 20
to 30 minute climbs,” he added.
White has made the move in a career that involves a full work week so he
has had to modify his training program, but he has been happy with the
results and the balance that he has struck.
“I work six days a week so there is a lot less time to train for me. I
try and train in the early morning and focus more on my diet.
“I have been able to lose a few kilograms and am feeling good both on
and off the bike which I am happy about,” White commented.
When asked about winning the race, he was circumspect in his reply.
“There are going to be some strong pro riders there and given my history
at the race I would love to finish in the top three.
“Obviously I am going to go hard and will look to win the race but a
podium would also be a good result.”
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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Despite never finishing in the
top five at the Sappi Karkloof Classic, Tryonne White has changed up his
race preparation for the 2018 edition and will be pushing hard for a top
three in the 60km marathon on Sunday, 27 May.
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