For KTM rid­ers only

Ex­clu­sive Dundee event en­joyed by all as ex­perts show rid­ers how it’s done

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTOR BIKING -

KTM South Africa has re­launched the KTM Fes­ti­val con­cept in the coun­try af­ter a sixyear ab­sence.

Led by the core val­ues in mind, or­gan­is­ers say they picked Dundee as the venue not yet used by main­stream mo­tor­cy­cle events where ex­treme routes could be plot­ted to chal­lenge the rider and high­light the per­for­mance of their pur­pose- built bikes.

Plan­ning for this im­por­tant event started in Septem­ber of 2015, when KTM en­gaged long­time as­so­ciates Ad­ven­ture rid­ers SA, led by the SADEC Ad­ven­ture tour guru, Tr­ef­fon Smith.

The event was hosted at the Bat­tle­field Coun­try Lodge & Sports re­sort just out­side Dundee and half way be­tween Dur­ban and Jo­han­nes­burg.

Only KTM rid­ers could at­tend. Three routes of vary­ing dif­fi­culty on a rev­ersible 65 km En­duro loop were plot­ted by lo­cal ex­treme en­duro rider Craig Van Heer­den and Ad­ven­ture Rid­ers SA co- founder Mark Tay­lor. For the kids, KTM cre­ated a mo­tocross track.

In­struc­tors in­cluded the 2016 Red Bull KTM Mo­tocross team and the McLel­lan brothers as well as mul­ti­ple SA MX champ Kerim Fitzger­ald.

As part of the fes­tiv­i­ties, a do- na­tion of R25 000 was made to the Domino foun­da­tion and an auc­tion was held to raise them fur­ther money from the happy and tired KTM fans, show­ing just how big their hearts of are.

Af­ter the event, MD of KTM South Africa Franziska Brandl said clients and deal­ers alike were im­pressed by the event.

“Our KTM Fes­ti­val in Dundee was a huge suc­cess and we’ve laid the path for grow­ing this event in the fu­ture. It brings like- minded peo­ple to­gether al­low­ing them to chose which rides they want to go on for the week­end. By cater­ing for all skills lev­els we can give ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to be part of our KTM Fam­ily, start­ing from ju­nior rid­ers to the ex­pe­ri­enced En­duro or Ad­ven­ture rider.”

KZN bik­ing leg­ends Al­fie and Hazel Cox at­tended from Cato Ridge and gave their spe­cial thanks for “a lovely week­end with lots of laughs”.

Brandl thanked all who took part in this year’s event and said plans are al­ready afoot to host the 2017 KTM Fes­ti­val. — WR.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

KZN bik­ing leg­end Al­fie Cox at last week’s KTM fes­ti­val in Dundee.

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