Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival Diary Note

 No: kc1809

26 May 2018

Embargo : None

Written by : Dave Macleod


Enduro stars master testing Karkloof descents

Karkloof – Juniors Kiera Duncan and Beanie Thies rocked the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival by winning the STIHL Karkloof Enduro men's and women's titles respectively.

17 year old Duncan, who lives a stones throw away from the Karkloof trails on which he won the title, was ecstatic to claim the overall honours, when he had been aiming for the junior laurels.

"Conditions couldn't have been any better, they were absolutely prime," he enthused.

"I was trying to go as fast as I could," said the PYGA rider. "Racing is racing and you just have to try and keep it together. Unfortunately we didn't have Sharjah Johnson here today.

"I kept it pinned and kept focused, and it turned out to be a great day," said the Kakloof local, who is training for a number of international events in the second half of the year.

"If I can win juniors, that is great, but to win overall is even better!" he said.

His feat was mirrored by Wartburg ace Beanie Thies who snatched the overall women's crown as well as the junior title.

She said that she had started her four-stage enduro focussed on talented XCO and marathoner Bianca Haw.

"I started riding with the Pearton brothers until they got a puncture so I had to go with some other people.

"On stage two I started behind Bianca (Haw) and left quite a big gap. Halfway down I could see her in the distance and by the end I had caught her, so I wasn't too worried after that."

Thies heads abroad in August for the Rookie World Champs, as this is the last year that she is eligible to race before she is forced to race in the full World Championships.

The focussed enduro and downhill specialist then wants to embark on a World Cup career abroad.

The race attracted a big field as the discipline of enduro racing continues to grow its core audience.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS
STIHL Karkloof Enduro
Men
1. Keira Duncan 20:07
2. Tim Bentley 20:50
3. Leeroy Emslee 20:53

Women
1. Beanie Thies 23:33
2. Kath Fourie 24:28
3. Chloe Bateson 25:06

Juniors
1.  Keira Duncan 20:07
2.  Joshua Donaldson 22:25
3.  Connor Finnis 22:52

Schedule:
Sunday, 27 May
07h30 - 60km Sappi Karkloof Marathon
08h30 - 40km aQuellé Half Marathon
09h20 - 9km Karkloof Trail Run
09h30 - 20km aQuellé Family Ride
10h00 - 10km aQuellé Kids Ride

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 www.karkloofmtb.co.za

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Karkloof junior Keira Duncan powering downhill to take the overall honours at the STIHL Karkloof Enduro on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival on Saturday.

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Wartburg schoolgirl Beanie Thies was flawless in racing to the overall women's title at the STIHL Karkloof Enduro on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival on Saturday.

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Andrew Houston streaks across a bridge in The Gauntlet during the STIHL Karkloof Enduro on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival on Saturday.

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Runner up Kath Fourie in action during the STIHL Karkloof Enduro on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival on Saturday.

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Airborne in The Gauntlet, third placed junior Connor Finnis racing in the STIHL Karkloof Enduro on the first day of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival on Saturday.

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