For KTM riders only
Exclusive Dundee event enjoyed by all as experts show riders how it’s done
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.
KZN biking legend Alfie Cox at last week’s KTM festival in Dundee.