Over 300 riders explored the ‘wilder side’ of Clarens this weekend. The 2019 KTM Adventure Rally was hosted at the Golden Gate Resort from 5-8 September and proved to be one of the most memorable editions yet.
For the first time in history, riders were given the opportunity to experience the Golden Gate National Park on their motorcycles. True to the spirit of adventure that the weekend evoked, the route traversed the untouched heart of Golden Gate where spectators included herds of wildebeest and other roaming antelope.
Three routes were created to cater to riders of different experience and skill levels. The Green route comprised of mostly open dirt roads that straddled the line between South Africa and Lesotho. The Red route was that next step-up with sections of technical riding but left enough time to soak in the Maluti mountain scenery. The Orange route was not for the faint-hearted and tested both man and machine. Riders faced everything from daunting downhills and gnarly climbs to exceptionally technical terrain.
Pillions were mostly treated to a taste of the action on the Green and Red route – many of which were wives that used the opportunity to spend some time in the saddle with their husbands.
Adding an extra element of excitement was the Ultimate Race. Over the course of the weekend, riders faced various challenges in an effort to win the ‘ultimate prize’ – an all-inclusive trip to Morocco for the 2020 Merzouga Rally, with a fully-kitted out KTM 790 Adventure R.
After fighting tooth and nail for what is surely every adventure-seekers dream, the top two contenders were Keegan Eich and Cayle Dormehl.
“Epic! That’s the one word that comes to my mind summarising this weekend’s KTM Adventure Rally. There’s nothing more exciting than spending a weekend with like-minded people, exploring breath-taking South African landscapes on a motorcycle and sharing in on the day’s war stories over a hearty dinner in the evening. This event lived up to the KTM spirit like no other and I can’t wait for 2020 to come for the next edition of this truly special event,” said KTM South Africa’s Managing Director Franziska Brandl.
“After months of planning and countless trips down to Clarens we were able to deliver and execute the most successful KTM Adventure Rally to date,” said KTM South Africa’s Managing Director Riaan Neveling.