2Lebanon Forest Elgin Valley02 February 2020
Enjoy an exclusive morning of running through the Valley Farm and Lebanon Forest mountain bike trails.
A trail filled with glorious single track and picturesque views over the Elgin Valley.
We start the action from the Valley Farm below the forested slopes of Lebanon plantation, and head up through the orchards and into the Lebanon forest tracks & trails. A gentle zig-zag trail gets us to the course split at a main forest track (1.9km). From the course split and a brief respite, we start the steady climb to to the highest point on course at 4km. At 4.7km we hit the famous Lebanon MTB single track. Enjoy a kilometer of winding fast, smooth single track to a short and runnable uphill at 6km to the top of another fast single track descent for 4km to a farm dam. A fast undulating finish through a mixture of pine, Fynbos and orchard gets you back to the finish line.
We start the action from the Valley Farm below the forested slopes of Lebanon plantation, and head up through the orchards and into the Lebanon forest tracks & trails. A gentle zig-zag trail gets us to the course split at a main forest track (1.9km). From the course split it’s a rampant downhill on open track to join the fun single track again (2.9km). 1.7km of fun and fast single track brings you to another beautiful farm dam (4.6km), A fast undulating finish through a mixture of pine, Fynbos and orchard gets you back to the finish line.
We start the action from the Valley Farm below the forested slopes of Lebanon plantation, and head up through the orchards and into the Lebanon forest tracks & trails. A gentle zig-zag trail gets us to the course split at a main forest track (1.9km).
From the course split, we climb somemore until finally we branch off right for a level section. At 3.5km you split from the 12km LONG route and head around a ridge to drop into the valley beyond. After a two short climbs at 8.8km we get onto some single track and at 9.8km reach the high point on the XL route. A fast downhill single track section brings us back in touch with the LONG course and another kilometer later at 12km a short uphill before 4km of downhill commences.
At 16 km we break away from the two shorter routes for a run around the top end of High Rising dam before joining with the two shorter routes again at 18.3km for the final push for the finish line.
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