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Frost to challenge for Karkloof Enduro spoils

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Howick – 2015 KZN Enduro Series champion Hilton Frost is looking forward to getting back on his bike and being part of the Sappi Karkloof MTB Festival’s action once more when he takes on the descends of the Karkloof region during Saturday 9 May’s STIHL Karkloof Enduro.

With the three-leg KZN series having wrapped up two weeks ago, the PYGA Industries flyer has enjoyed some time off of late but is relishing a return to the saddle this weekend as he looks to start his preparations for the upcoming KZN Championships which take place on 6 June.

“It was great to walk away from the KZN Series with the title this year and hopefully things can go well for me at Karkloof this weekend too as I look to get the ball rolling ahead of KZN Champs,” says Frost.

“Karkloof is always such a great event and usually attracts all the big names so I’m sure it will be another super-hot race on Saturday.

“While I don’t look to put too much pressure on myself ahead of a race, it would be great to get onto the podium or possibly even a win,” he adds.
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While being a lesser known discipline of mountain biking, enduro has enjoyed tremendous growth throughout KZN and beyond recently and Frost is enjoying being a part of the upward spiral.

“Enduro has been growing so fast and it’s great to see things going so well for the sport!” says Frost.

“A lot of people are now starting to realise that it isn’t nearly as crazy as downhill is while sponsors are also starting to get on board which is really helping with enduro’s growth.”

The KZN Enduro Series visited the trails of the Karkloof in early February whereby Frost clinched second place, something he believes will be to his advantage ahead of this weekend’s clash.

“Having taken part in the KZN Series race at Karkloof I’m sure will help ahead of Saturday.

“The organisers do however look to make sure that the two races have a different feel and so they usually change the route quite a bit which obviously changes things up.

“Being in the same area, the trails will still be quite similar however this weekend’s race will probably involve a bit more climbing and the individual stages will also be a bit longer than the KZN Series race.

“Riding at Karkloof is always really fun! There will be the odd rock garden on the route but these usually aren’t all that technical and so the racing is usually really fast as the trails are hard and well-manicured!”

While seeking a victory himself, Frost warns that Tiaan Odendaal, Tim Bentley, Jedson Tooms, Craig Paul and the likes are also set to feature prominently in the men’s clash.

Saturday’s STIHL Karkloof Enduro is preceded by Friday’s 20km Karkloof Night Race while Sunday 10 May’s 60km Sappi Karkloof Marathon, 40km aQuellé Half Marathon, 20km aQuellé Family Ride and 10km aQuellé Kids Ride rounds out a thrilling weekend’s cycling adventure for the whole family.

Riders and spectators can follow news and developments via the event’s Facebook page (Karkloof Mountain Bike Club) or on Twitter (@KarkloofMTB) while more information can also be found at www.karkloofmtb.co.za and entries can be submitted via www.roag.co.za.

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Padel. Durbans fastest growing sport.

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Padel, the fastest growing sport in Durban, is a relatively new and exciting sport that is quickly gaining popularity in the area. Keep reading to find out how to get 15% off some amazing Osaka Padel gear. Padel is a combination of tennis and squash, and is played on a court that is similar to a tennis court but with walls. It is a team sport, and two teams of two players each compete against each other using paddles, similar to those used in squash and badminton, to hit a tennis-like ball over the net.

Padel has been gaining popularity in Durban, South Africa due to its fastpaced and energetic game play as well as its social aspect. Unlike traditional sports, such as tennis and squash, Padel encourages players to chat and laugh with their opponents during the game, making it an entertaining and social experience. The sport is also extremely accessible, as courts are smaller than those used for tennis and squash and require less space, meaning they can be found in more places around Durban.

The game is also very easy to learn, and can be enjoyed by players of all ages and abilities. The rules are simple, the equipment is inexpensive and the game is fastpaced and exciting, making it perfect for anyone looking for an enjoyable and social activity.

As Padel continues to grow in popularity in Durban, South Africa, more and more players are taking advantage of the sports fastpaced and exciting game play. Whether youre looking for an energetic and social activity or a competitive and challenging sport, Padel is a great choice for Durban residents of all ages and abilities.

 

Cool, I’m in, How do I play?

Keen on checking it out? Download the Padel app Playtomic, it is truly amazing. It has been designed to provide users with a comprehensive, easy to use platform for finding padel courts and playing partners. With Playtomic, users can search for courts in their area, view available court times, and book court reservations with just a few taps.

The app also allows users to find and connect with other players, organize their own group games, and set up tournaments. Playtomic has a great user interface, with intuitive navigation and a straightforward sign-up process. All in all, Playtomic is an incredible padel app that makes it easy to find and play padel anytime, anywhere.

 

Gear up!

You can rent Padel racquets through the app to however if this is the sport for you then we highly recommend getting your own gear and Durbanite are here to help make that a little easier!

Osaka racquets and accessories are some of the best in the world. They are renowned for their quality, craftsmanship, and innovation. Their racquets are designed to be lightweight and powerful, giving players an edge when playing. Osaka also offers a range of accessories, including racquets, bags, and clothing. Their products are designed to be comfortable, durable, and reliable, making them great for both recreational and competitive play. Osaka Padel is a great choice for anyone looking for topnotch equipment for their padel game.

Use our exclusive Durbanite discount code at checkout and get 15% off your order.

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Where to play?

As of today here is a list of Padel courts around KZN:

1 – PadelNation | Umhlanga
2 – Al Falaah Durban Padel
3 – Africa Padel Kloof Country Club
4 – Africa Padel Salt Rock Country Club
5 – Gayle Padle Club | Moorewood Activity Centre | Hillcrest
6 – Station Padel | KwaDukuza
7 – Padel HQ | Dolphin Coast
Coming soon: Eden Padel by Padel Pros

 

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Inaugural Global Team Horse Racing Series

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Fun, faster, family friendly horse racing, Global Team Horse Racing (GTH), a team-based thoroughbred horse racing product, launches its full racing series to thrill crowds.

The first GTH Live Series debuts on 5 August at the Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse in Durban. The series will be run under lights on Fridays, over four weeks and is packed with excitement for fans of all ages. These high-octane two-hour events are full of thrilling races, gripping entertainment, a kiddie’s area for the younger fans, all set right at the track side.

Three teams go head-to-head over four events, but only one team can come out tops! Watch the KwaZulu Royals take on the Gauteng Gijimaz at the first event of the series on the 5th August.  The following week, the 12th August, it will be the KwaZulu Royals going up against the Cape Stingers.  The 19th August will see the Cape Stingers take on the Gauteng Gijimaz and the combined results will determine who makes the final showdown on the 2nd of September.

The races will be called by two of horse racing’s legends, Neil Andrews, and Graeme Hawkins.

Neil has been a part of the SuperSport team since the outset and his knowledge, insights and humour have kept audiences entertained for years. He is also the anchor of the new revamped and relaunched Super Saturdays on SuperSport.

Graeme has had an involvement in horse racing his whole life as a punter, owner, bilingual race-caller, racing journalist, television presenter, auctioneer, track expert, race programme planner, pedigree researcher, marketer, salesman, administrator, and that is why to many, he is known as Mr Racing!

The GTH team has been bolstered with the inclusion of three of South Africa’s most popular presenters. Many a Gautenger will have ended their day with Alex Caige, who hosts 94.7’s afternoon show, and he is joined by well-known Mzanzi actress, Hope Mbhele and multi-talented TV and radio presenter, and a passionate F1 speed crazy Kriya Gangiah. Tee Xaba, a multi-talented entertainer, and East Coast Radio DJ will be the MC for the Live series.

The series offers something for everyone, you don’t need to be an ardent race going fanatic to sense the excitement. Choose and support your team and see who makes it to the final. GTH Team merch will be available to show your support. Ticket prices start at R100 for general access. Children under R14 are free. Gates open at 17h00 on a Friday, action starts at 18h00 and all condensed to finish by 20h30.

 

WIN! WIN! WIN!

 Durbanite in partnership with GTH have WEEKLY tickets to giveaway, all you need to do to qualify is:-

  1. Follow these Facebook pages – @Durbanite.Official and @gthracingza
  2. Find our Facebook post advertising the competition and tag a friend you would like to take along + let us know who you would like to see win? Is it the KwaZulu Royals, the Gauteng Gijimaz or Cape Stingers?

Please note that all the above steps need to be completed to successfully enter this competition.

Ticket’s up for grabs as follows:-

  • 12th August / 3 x winners of 4 x tickets each*
  • 19th August / 3 x winners of 4 x tickets each*
  • 2nd September / 3 x winners of 4 x tickets each*

*Winners must be over the age of 18 to be eligible to win.

*Winners will be contacted via The Durbanite Facebook page.

*Std T&Cs apply.

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Two Sides Documentary Premieres on 15 May 2022

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SuperSport and M-Net will be rolling out the first of several locally-made sport documentaries on 15 May 2022.

Following the recent success of “Chasing the Sun”, the World of Champions has another major rugby documentary in production.

A three-part series to be broadcast on DStv, “Two Sides” tells the story of the tour by The British & Irish Lions that was punctuated by drama, struggle and triumph. What makes it unique is that it will be a film told through the eyes of both protagonists.

In a first of its kind co-production between producers of “Chasing the Sun” and broadcast producers Whisper. This docu-series also featured the environments some of the players emerged from with footage of friends and families of Maro Itoje, Pieter Steph Du Toit, Liam Williams and others adding to the extraordinary narrative.

The film takes in numerous events, including the drama of the tour’s status in the build-up, the Covid outbreaks in both camps, the impact of civil unrest and the tension of the down-to-the-wire finish.

“The film is a heartfelt celebration of the game’s longest-standing Test tour and the brotherhood that comes along with it,” said Marc Jury, chief executive of SuperSport.

“In the midst of unprecedented challenges and hardship, it is a reminder of the values of the game we love so dearly. The film is a story of sacrifice, courage and a belief in the power of sport.”

Later in 2022, SuperSport will lift the lid on “Rassie”, which for the first time tells the full – and astonishing – story of Rassie Erasmus’ rise from the backwaters of the Eastern Cape to the top of the rugby world.

BROADCAST DETAILS

The first episode of “Two Sides” will be broadcast on DStv on May 15 (M-Net, 6pm; SuperSport 7pm).

The remaining episodes will broadcast on May 22 and 29.

TWO SIDES – THE STORY

Two Sides is a first-of-its kind documentary, telling the compelling story of a rivalry that goes back over a century.

The Springboks and The British & Irish Lions meet once every twelve years, which only adds to the weight of expectation for this latest instalment, in 2021. But this series almost didn’t happen, because of a global pandemic that changed the way the world lives and works – and also changed the way sport happens.

Through collective will from both sides, this tour endured health protocols, empty stands, civil unrest and a controversy that rocked the very foundations of World Rugby.

Along the way, Two Sides emphasises the importance of keeping sporting traditions alive, because they matter to players, coaches and their families. And the fans who find a way to be a part of each collision.

With unprecedented access to both teams, their families and their change-room in the midst of an unforgettable series, Two Sides is a story of considerable sacrifice, a tale of redemption and glory, and the unflinching will that keeps the things that matter going, even when everything says they shouldn’t.

Two Sides is a story of courage from two teams building on the proud legacy left by those who came before them. Two Sides is a story of hope.

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