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Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival | SA MTB Marathon Champs

Sat 25 May 2024 to Sun 26 May 2024 @ Karkloof Country Club, KwaZulu-Natal

85km SA MARATHON CHAMPINSHIP EVENT - Elite Males & Females, Sub Vet Males & Vet Males ONLY

60km SA CHAMPIONSHIP CATEGORIES - Junior Men & Youth Men, Sub Vet Women & Vet Women, Master Men, Open (non-SA Champs) batch for all others.

40km SA CHAMPIONSHIP CATEGORIES - Junior Women & Youth Women, Master Women, Grand Master Men & Women, Open (non-SA Champs) batch for all others.

Race Details
RACE START TIME Price
SAT | 21km Trail Run 07:30 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 190.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 210.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 260.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 260.00
SAT | 9km Trail Run 08:00 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 150.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 170.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 220.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 220.00
SUN | 85km MTB - SA Marathon Champs Event (Elite Men & Women, Sub Vet Men & Vet Men ONLY) 07:30 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 430.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 450.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 500.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 500.00
SUN | 60km MTB Sappi Karkloof Classic 08:30 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 340.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 360.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 410.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 410.00
SUN | 60km E-Bike 08:30 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 340.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 360.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 410.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 410.00
SUN | 40km MTB aQuelle Half Marathon 09:15 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 280.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 300.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 350.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 350.00
SUN | 40km E-Bike 09:15 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 280.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 300.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 350.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 350.00
SUN | 20km MTB Karkloof Family Ride 10:00 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 190.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 210.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 260.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 260.00
SUN | 20km E-Bike 10:00 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 190.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 210.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 260.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 260.00
SUN | 10km MTB Karkloof Fun Ride 10:20 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 90.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 110.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 160.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 160.00
SUN | 9km Fun Run 10:30 Early-bird effective from 26 Feb 2024 to 31 Mar 2024 ZAR 150.00
Pre Entry effective from 01 Apr 2024 to 18 May 2024 ZAR 170.00
Late Entry effective from 19 May 2024 to 22 May 2024 ZAR 220.00
Late Entry (at Registration) ZAR 220.00
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Race Information
  • SAT | 21km Trail Run

    A challenging timed running race through the Karkloof forests, boulder hopping over the majestic Karkloof river, through a working dairy
    farms, with some testing climbs to reach some magnificent views not available to the public. With a newly introduced KOM and QOM
    cash prize for the first Mens and Womens runners up to the crest

  • SAT | 9km Trail Run

    A less strenuous timed running race through the Karkloof forests, boulder hopping over the majestic Karkloof river, through a working
    dairy farm, with some manageable climbing.

  • SUN | 85km MTB - SA Marathon Champs Event (Elite Men & Women, Sub Vet Men & Vet Men ONLY)

    The 85km MTB is the SA MARATHON CHAMPINSHIP EVENT

    Elite Males & Females, Sub Vet Males & Vet Males ONLY may enter this event as stipulated by CSA.

    All Elite Males & Females, Sub Vet Males & Vet Males riders need to have FULL RACING LICENSES to participate in this event.

    NOTE: There is no open batch for riders who are not elites, or vet or sub vet men

    E-bikes not permitted

    Description: An ultra-tough Marathon Champs timed race for elite riders, speeding through Karkloof forests, testing your fitness up mountains and
    your technical ability through some of the best flowing singles tracks in the country. With a newly introduced KOM and QOM cash prize
    for the first Mens and Womens timed cyclists up to the top of the mountain. Pre-qualified entrants with CSA racing license holders only,

     

  • SUN | 60km MTB Sappi Karkloof Classic

    SA CHAMPIONSHIP CATEGORIES:
    Junior Men & Youth Men
    Sub Vet Women & Vet Women
    Master Men

    All Junior riders need to have FULL RACING LICENSES to participate.
    All other riders need to have at least a CSA membership to compete in the championship events.

    NOTE: Riders who are not in the SA Championship age categories may enter the 60km in the Open Batch but will not be eligible for prizes or titles.

    Ebikes Permitted in Open Batch

    Description: A challenging timed race aimed at riders with good technical ability and fitness to experience the best the Karkloof has the offer on
    climbs and flowing technical single tracks. With a newly introduced KOM and QOM cash prize for the first Mens and Womens timed
    cyclists up to the top of the mountain.

  • SUN | 40km MTB aQuelle Half Marathon

    SA CHAMPIONSHIP CATEGORIES:
    Junior Women & Youth Women
    Master Women
    Grand Master Men & Women

    All Junior riders need to have FULL RACING LICENSES to participate.
    All other riders need to have at least a CSA membership to compete in the championship events.

    NOTE: Riders who are not in the SA Championship age categories may enter the 40km in the Open Batch but will not be eligible for prizes or titles.

    E-Bikes permitted in Open Batch

    Description: A moderate timed race aimed at fitter riders wanting to test themselves on the slightly longer routes of combined single track and jeep
    track, with a few good climbs thrown in but less technical single track to keep the flows going with views of the majestic Karkloof Falls
    along the route.

  • SUN | 20km MTB Karkloof Family Ride

    Prizes for the Nippers, Sprog, Sub Junior Boys & Girls Categories

    E-Bikes permitted in Open Batch

    Description: An easier timed race for riders looking to experience the serenity of the Karkloof forests along mostly jeep tracks and some single track
    without any technical obstacles to worry about, ensuring smiles all round and an enjoyable event with views of the majestic Karkloof
    Falls along the route.

  • SUN | 10km MTB Karkloof Fun Ride

    The Sunday 10km Fun Ride is a FUN event and will be NOT be timed, therefore you will not need a Timing Chip.
    However you will still need a Number Board for safety purposes

    Description: An easy fun ride for Kids and Parents to enjoy through the scenic jeep track roads in the forests of the Karkloof

  • SUN | 9km Fun Run

    The Sunday 9km Fun Trail Run is a FUN event and will be NOT be timed, therefore you will not need a Timing Chip.
    However you will still need a Running Bib for safety purposes

    Description: A less strenuous fun run through the Karkloof forests, boulder hopping over the majestic Karkloof river, through a working dairy farm,
    with the Karkloof beauty, sights and sounds to take in all around.

Registration
 
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Saturday Morning
Saturday Morning
Sunday Morning
Date
25 May 2024
25 May 2024
26 May 2024
Time
6:00AM - 9:30AM (Trail Runners & Non CSA Categories)
8:00AM - 1:00PM (CSA Categories ONLY)
5:30AM - 10:20AM
Location
Karkloof Country Club
Karkloof Country Club
Karkloof Country Club
Merchandise Available for Purchase
Please note that the merchandise shown below can be purchased when doing your entry online.  
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    CSA Day License
    Price: 50.00

Other Information About Event

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT EVENT

This is the FOURTH event of the 2024 ROAG KZN MTB Marathon Series

Please note that to qualify for the ROAG Series points:

Entrants need to take part in the races stipulated by CSA for this event as it forms part of the SA Marathon Championships. (Please see under RACE INFORMATION for more details).

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILTY TO ENTER THE CORRECT DISTANCE!

E-bike riders do not qualify for points in the ROAG Series

TRAIL SERIES

Please note that to qualify for the ROAG Series:

· 18 years & Under need to take part in the 9km Trail Run.

· 19 years & Over need to take part in the 21km Trail Run

 

SAPPI KARKLOOF CLASSIC AS SA CHAMPS AND THE QUATTRO ROAG SERIES.

The 2024 Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival deservedly doubles as the South Africa MTB Marathon Championships, which adds prestige to the event but does also cause some anomalies with how the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum assigns points for the MTB categories.

Cycling South Africa has certain requirements with regards to the age categories and which events participants must enter to qualify for national age group titles. However, at times this is at odds with the traditional way in which the ROAG Series has assigned points for the MTB events.

So, for 2024 ROAG will need to adjust the traditional points structure for the Karkloof Classic so as to work around the CSA requirements and ensure the ROAG Series points structure is as fair as possible. While the system we have devised will allow all riders to earn points in both the overall and their age categories, there are sure to be some people who are disadvantaged in some cases and we apologise in advance, but genuinely feel this is the fairest and best way to handle this scenario for the majority.

NOTE 1: This is only relevant for the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival. All other events will follow traditional points allocations.

NOTE 2: For the trail runners, the Saturday events only will be used for points allocation. The 9km trail run on Sunday will not be used for any points allocations for the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum.

OVERALL ROAG SERIES POINTS (Classic)

The overall points will be allocation on the following basis with results separated by gender:

  • 85km riders will be allocated points according to their positions and the traditional points structures (100pts for 1st, 86 points for 2nd etc etc);
  • 60km riders will be allocated overall points starting one position after the number of finishers in the 85km event (if the 85km has 30 finishers, the leading 60km rider will be allocated points for 31st position, the 2nd 60km rider will be allocated points for 32nd, etc etc);
  • 40km riders will be allocated overall points starting one position after the total number of finishers in the 85km & 60km event (if the 85km has 20 finishers, and there are 15 finishers in the 40km for a total of 35 finishers, the leading 40km rider will be allocated points for 36th position, the 2nd 40km rider will be allocated points for 37th, etc etc);
  • Women’s points will be allocated in the same manner as above (85km results, then 60km results then 40km results) but only women's results will count (leading woman will get 100 pts, 2nd woman 86pts etc etc).
  • The overall points are allocated according to the above structure regardless of age categories.

The overall points for the Intermediate events will be normal with results from the 20km event in both age categories and overall used to determine the points.

AGE CATEGORY ROAG SERIES POINTS (Classic)

  • All age category points will only be awarded according to the designated championships race (see table above).
  • If a rider competes in longer or shorter race that is not designated as the championship distance for his age category and gender, he or she will not earn age category points.
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