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Cape Winter Trail Series® Kleinmond XL

10 August 2019

Kleinmond XL Winter 23.3km

For those looking for a bigger challenge than the usual long route, take on this super diverse longer XL version in the magnificent Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. 

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Cape Winter Trail Series® Kleinmond XL10 August 2019

This stand-alone* 23.3km XL route is known as one of the most scenic and diverse in the Western Cape.   If you have a penchant for variety this is for you,  from coastal trails to fast technical mountain descents this trail has it all.

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Medals for all XL finishers
Prizes for category winners and spot prizes up for grabs
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*These race results do not form part of the Cape Winter Trail Series® Championship results, but is a stand alone race.

Distance | 23.3km
Start Time | 08.30
Cost | R365.00
Grading | Brown 9B i


This is a stand alone 23.3km race that does not form part of the Cape Winter Trail Series® Challenge or Championship! This course is tough and super diverse, comprising of the 13.9km long course plus a loop that takes you into the southern western side of the Palmiet river estuary - including a private section of coastline that is quite simply wild and sublime.  To the 6.3km mark it's the same mixture of coastal trail, boardwalks and riverside hiking trail as the long (13.9km) route.  At the Palmiet road bridge however you head up and over to access the trails on the SW side of the Palmiet river estuary.  To the 9.7km mark it's a fast mixture of trails and jeep tracks that gets you to a private section of coastal path that for the next 1.7km will test your bouldering and balance!  Don't be fooled by the profile, it may look flat but it's technical and slow.  At the 11.4km mark you get back onto coastal path and head back to the Palmiet bridge and the base of the mountain (13.7km).  From here it's climb, climb, climb to 16.7km, with only a brief respite at 15.4km!  But the climb is worth it, as from here the hardest work is done and it's majority down down down to the finish -  5km of quad busting technical trails before the final sprint home on through the backstreets of Kleinmond.  A watery culvert is the final hurdle to the line and your completion of the XL!


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?)


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.


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


1 = 1-10%
2 = 11-20%
3= 21-30%
4 = 31-40%
5 = 41-50%
6 = 51-60%
7 = 61-70%
8 = 71-80%
9 = 81-90%
10 = 91-100%


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