New route and refreshed format for extended Sappi Karkloof Classic Challenge | Witness – News24

New route and refreshed format for extended Sappi Karkloof Classic Challenge | Witness  News24

Trail builder Sphe Busane shows off a new section that the Nguni Trails team have constructed in time for the Sappi Karkloof Classic Challenge getting under way this weekend.

Kathryn Fourie

Ahead of the Sappi Karkloof Classic Challenge, which starts this weekend in an expanded format for this unusual year, the Karkloof Country Club (KCC) have been working creatively to fit in with Sappi harvesting operations.

“The relationship between the trails and the Sappi forests is a constantly evolving, living creature. With Sappi’s harvesting plans we can expect the gum plantations to be felled every seven to eight years, which is effectively the life­span of a trail,” said Nick Stubbs, Karkloof Country Club vice-chairperson.

“It is our responsibility to reroute trails not only when they go through a compartment that needs to be felled, but also when routes going around compartments can put trail users too close to harvesting equipment or timber transportation vehicles”.

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