Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival Diary Note

 No: kc1805

21 May 2018

Embargo : None

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 60km route.

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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