3Meerendal Wine Estate30 January 2019
For race 3 we head out into the Durbanville Wine Valley and onto Meerendal Wine Estate. Run off into the sunset and take in the beauty of the iconic Table Mountain in the distance. This course runs predominantly on the perfectly manicured mountain bike single track of Meerendal. A playful, undulating course that offers a solid dose of pure fun.
Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Or, you can take part in as many as you like (note: medals for finishers of the Trail Series® Championship/Challenge only).
Entries are limited, online entries advised.
THIS IS A SUNSET RACE
Remember to bring a HEADLAMP
Pre Race Information: Released in the week before the event
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This fun 13.3km championship course takes runners along some of the cleanest cut, compact dirt mountain bike trails the cape has to offer. Starting out behind the Wine Tasting venue outside “This Way Out,” Meerendal’s local bike shop. The first 1km is an easy flat gravel road, giving the field a fair distance to spread themselves out. You then take a right turn onto the famous Burry Stander single track, normally a downhill section for mountain bikers, but for this race runners will gradually wind their way up for the next 2.8km until reaching the course split. (3.8km)
With the legs now nicely warmed up, the big climb begins.
The next 1.8kms takes runners up a 200m climb on another normally “downhill” single track, with clean cut winding switchbacks all the way to the top of Dorst Berg.(425m)
Once at the top, stop, take breath, enjoy the magical view of Cape Towns iconic Table Mountain with the sunset before plunging down into the Lafarge quarry down some steep technical trails. From 6.7km its a climb all the way out to 8.3km when finally all the climbing is done. The next 3.7km is a mixed bag of fun all the way down and back to the finish. Starting with a steep 1km loose rocky jeep track descent, then a sharp right into the playful single track switchbacks of stairway to heaven. The terrain here is mixture of loose gravel and strategically placed concrete on the sharp corners. Once at the bottom of the single track runners will make their way around the back of the farm, through the vineyards, around the dam and onto the finish lawn outside carluccis. Time to relax, have a drink and enjoy prize giving. (12km)
This 6.2km challenge course takes runners along some of the cleanest cut, compact dirt mountain bike trails the cape has to offer. A very flat course a lot less climbing and a whole lot of dirt to play in. Starting out behind the Wine Tasting venue outside “This Way Out,” Meerendal’s local bike shop. The first 1km is an easy flat gravel road, giving the field a fair distance to spread themselves out. You then take a right turn onto the famous Burry Stander single track, normally a downhill section for mountain bikers, but for this race runners will gradually wind their way up for the next 2.8km until reaching the course split. (3.8km)
With the legs now nicely warmed up it’s all downhill playtime back to the finish. Runners will head onto the beautifully manicured and cut single track, making for a seriously fun downhill as you wind your way through the berms. Once at the bottom of the single track runners will make their way around the back of the farm, through the vineyards, around the dam and onto the finish lawn outside carluccis. Time to relax, have a drink enjoy prize giving. (6.2km)
WILDRUNNER TRAIL RUNNING GRADING SYSTEM (WTG)
Download the WTG here.
The Wildrunner Trail Grading system (WTG), was developed in 2009 and designed to help you make informed decisions on trail running events around the country. Unlike road running, trail running routes and races have many more facets to them, making them either harder or longer (in time) than you may expect.
Every race/event should give you the total distance and accumulative ascent, but using road running sense to work out your time based on these factors alone would be a mistake!
The three primary 'trail factors' affecting your overall time and effort on a trail run are as follows:
1. Terrain difficulty (easy or tricky?)
2. % single track/off-road to on-road (how much on difficult terrain?)
3. Route severity (how steep?)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The three factors mentioned above have been expanded into an easy three part grading system. Each trail factor is listed below with the descriptions. Look out for races with a WTG and use this guide to make informed decisions.
'Technical' terrain = trail that is ‘busy’, that requires extensive concentration and trail running technique - for example a rocky hiking path, or a 4x4 track.
'Off-trail'= Describes sections that do not have any obvious or established route, for example a river bed, grass field or a section of beach.
'Single-track' = Describing a trail that is narrow and typically only wide enough for one runner to run on at a time and in single file. Examples of typical single track would be a hiking trail, mountain bike trail, game trail, livestock trail
Cape Winter Trail Series® - Tygerberg Nature Reserve: YELLOW 8B
Gauteng Summer Trail Series® - Leeuwenkloof: ORANGE 7A
Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 36km: GREEN 8B
Skyrun 100km: RED 9B
All Wildrunner events (www.wildrunner.co.za) carry this grading system - look out for the grading on the event listing.
PART 1: TERRAIN DIFFICULTY
YELLOW = Easy, non-technical terrain, all on established trails and tracks
ORANGE= Moderately easy terrain, short sections of ‘technical’ terrain but largely easy running, all on established trails and tracks
GREEN = Moderate challenging terrain, with a mix of ‘technical’ and ‘non technical’ terrain, mostly on established trails and tracks but may or may not have extended sections regarded as being ‘off-trail’
BROWN = Moderately difficult terrain, more ‘technical’ terrain than ‘non-technical’ terrain, challenging but mostly on established trails and tracks although may or may not have extended sections regarded as being ‘off-trail’
RED = Difficult terrain, majority ‘technical’ terrain that is extremely demanding, may or may not have large sections on un-established trails and tracks
PART 2: % SINGLE TRACK/OFF-ROAD
1 = 1-10%
2 = 11-20%
4 = 31-40%
5 = 41-50%
6 = 51-60%
7 = 61-70%
8 = 71-80%
9 = 81-90%
10 = 91-100%
PART 3: ROUTE SEVERITY
A = Mostly runnable gradient
B = Mostly runable gradient, but has some steep ascent and descent that may require walking
C = Lots of steep ascent and descent that may require walking