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2011 Mr Price Karkloof Classic

28 January 2015


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The 2011 Mr Price Karkloof Classic welcomed 2500 riders to the beautiful Karkloof Valley this past weekend, to wonderful weather and even better tracks. 

Three days of superb quality mountain biking provided riders with a superb test of riding skills, endurance, and most of all, wonderful enjoyment. 

The event kicked off with the Wiehahn Night Race, a popular 20km night route through the Karkloof forests and past the Karkloof Falls.  Some rain during the preceding week meant that conditions were a touch slippery, but fun was had by all. 

Saturday was a historic day as it saw the 1st ever staging of a UCI sanctioned event in the Karkloof - not 1, but 2.  The day kicked off with the much talked about STIHL Cross Country event, UCI sanctioned, which attracted some of the country's top XC riders, including eventual winner Burry Stander and Cape Town's Oliver Munnik.  It was the Gauteng rider Philip Buys who gave Stander a run for his money though, as he pushed the former U23 world champion all the way to the last lap.

Saturday afternoon was special, as three of the world's top downhill riders, including SA's very own Greg Minaar, turned out for the inaugural Down Hill race.  The course, custom built by Hylton Turvey, provided riders with one of SA's best DH courses, and it was extremely well received by all, with Minaar coming out tops after his final run of 3min30sec.

Sunday's racing had it all.  A wrong turn by a group of leading A-Batch riders meant that Ben Melt Swanepoel ended up as the unofficial winner at the end of the 60km Marathon, however superb sportsmanship from the Gauteng rider meant that he acknowledged that Max Knox should have been the rightful winner and stepped down allowing Max to take first place.  Well done Ben - a true sportsman of mountain biking.

So the curtain has now closed on SA's biggest mountain bike festival, the Mr Price Karkloof Classic.  The event thanks everyone for their contribution and support, and encourages those who enjoyed the riding to make Karkloof your social riding venue during the year.  Most of the trails, kindly made possible by SAPPI, are open for Karkloof Club members to ride, so join the club for a nominal fee and get to ride there throughout the year.

8 comment(s)

Wayne
Awesome day on the 20 kay ! But where are the photo's being hidden ???
And how about an update on ratings ahead of the Subaru ?

Stephan Niemandt
To whom it may concern I still wait for my Karkloof shirt as i was not issued one due to no xtra large sixes available
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Regards
Stephan

Sam
Hi guys,

We apologise for the delay as we have been waiting for the reults to allow us to update the rankings.

The Mr Price Karkloof ranking has now been added to our seeding index. You can view your seeding under My Results on our site.

Have a good weekend!

The ROAG Team

Sam
Hi guys,

We apologise for the delay as we have been waiting for the reults to allow us to update the rankings.

The Mr Price Karkloof ranking has now been added to our seeding index. You can view your seeding under My Results on our site.

Have a good weekend!

The ROAG Team

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peter corkin
This has to be the best 1 day track on the calendar, the 60km was absolutely brilliant, tough but brilliant!!
Well done!

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Darryl Stedman
Totally awesome track for the 40km race. Really enjoyed it. The flowing single track made for great riding. Well done to all involved in preparing the track.