Struggle for Quattro ROAG Series points at Karkloof

A struggle for supremacy will be played out in the forests of Karkloof this weekend at the Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival when young guns Michael Foster and Brendan van Eeden try and unseat the current number one of KZN mountain biking, Stuart Marais.

The Karkloof Classic, held over two days, is one of the country’s oldest and most popular mountain bike races so it is appropriate that the experienced 33-year-old Marais (Team NanoTime) will be defending his position from the 19- and 21-year-olds who are snapping at his heels.

The event is also the third event of the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum, with riders and trail runners now at the point where they cannot allow too much of a gap to grow to the leading riders and runners if they are to have any hope of capturing the biggest prizes in South Africa for a MTB and Trail Running series.

Van Eeden, from the newly created VNQSH team, and Foster (Tipping Point Coaching) have emerged from the dark days of lockdown as shining lights for the future of MTB, and both are currently sitting in a tie for second, 40 points adrift of Marais in the series. Marais was the winner of both the opening two events and his 200 points gives him a strong lead over his young rivals who swopped second- and third-positions at the Virginia Race the Trails and Kamberg Classic events.

In the women’s MTB, Rouxda Grobler (DriveTrain Academy) has matched Marais’ two winning results while a DNF (did not finish) has dealt a blow to the hopes of Christie Hearder (Absolute Motion) as she attempts to defend her series title. Sanchia Malan (Index) has been the biggest beneficiary of Hearder’s troubles and two third-place finishes have her 52 points behind in second place overall.

In the trail running there is a family feud developing with the Grays, Sarah and Brett, occupying top spot in the women’s and men’s logs of the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum. Sitting just over 20 points behind in both logs respectively are Alison and John Wasserfall.

There will be nine events over the Karkloof Classic weekend with all Saturday’s 20km and 40km MTB, as well as the 9km and 18km trail runs being repeated on Sunday. The only difference between the events on both days is that Sunday’s races are for prizes and will be timed. The only event that will be timed on Saturday is the Enduro event in the afternoon where the gravity riders have a chance to show off their high-speed downhill skills.

2021 Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum events:

August 1-31Virginia Race the Trails (GPS)
Results
Sept 4-5Kamberg Classic MTB & Trail Run
Results
Oct 9-10Sappi Karkloof Classic
More Info & To Enter
Oct 16-17Illovo Eston Trail Challenge
More Info & To Enter
Nov 6-7Central Berg MTB & Trail Challenge
More Info & To Enter
TBCPigglyWiggly Race the Trails (GPS)
Struggle for Quattro ROAG Series points at Karkloof
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