5Paul Cluver Elgin Estate19 July 2020
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Enjoy this exclusive, once a year, trail running access to the magnificent Paul Cluver Estate complete with three brand new routes in 2020. Due to the pandemic this is no longer an event but a offering of marked trails that will be available for the weekend of 18-19 July only - please read how this will work here.
Run the Oliphantsvlei, Witkoppieskloof, Bergadder, Mamba and Cobra trails that have made this estate most sought after by mountain bikers!
KIDS UNDER 10, who have been pre entered, can run for free. Please email email@example.com for your childs entry code before entering them.
Leaving the start at the tasting room we snake down and around the amphitheatre and within 1km we hit the first section of Paul Cluver MTB trail that has made this estate so famous. A fun descent to the lowest point on the route at 2.5km we pass the Olifantsvlei Dam and begin a easy climb up to 4.5km onto a short traverse. From 5.5km it's a 1km climb up the Bergadder trail. We pick up a jeep track that climbs through a magnificent Protea Repens stand to the highest point on the long course at 8.5km. Down a short stretch and we turn onto the Witklippies contour trail, then at 10.5km turn onto the Rietvlei switchbacks, over the Rietvlei dam wall and onto the final short climb to 12.5km before the final downhill through the apples and pears to the finish.
Brand new route for the TSSL 2020! After the start at the tasting room it's a downhill warm up as we pass around the beautiful ampitheatre and continue downhill to the Oliphantsvlei Dam at 1.3km followed by a rude climb to 2.7km and a loop around Saal Dam. From 3km it's an undulating romp along the ridgeline with stunning views both sides. At 4.8km we join the other two routes for the final jaunt through the apple and pear orchards to the finish.
Another brand new route for 2020, we leave the start and snake around the amphitheatre. Within 1km we hit the first section of Paul Cluver MTB trail that has made this estate so famous. A fun descent to the lowest point on the route at 2.8km we pass the Olifantsvlei Dam and begin a easy climb up to 4.5km onto a short traverse. From 5.5km it's a 1km climb up the Bergadder trail. We pick up a jeep track that climbs through a magnificent Protea Repens stand to the split with the long course at 8.3km. From here it's a very steep jeep track up the mountain to 9.8km. After a brief respite we climb again to the highest point at 11.3km. It's all worth it as we hit the steep mountain running descent down to 12.8km and the small wier. More technical trail brings us to the Paul Cluver Rock formation at 13.5km. It's the short infamous section of steep indigenous forest slope complete with ropes to help steady the way and small boardwalks. Then it's out onto the Witklippieskloof MTB trail and down to cross the kloof by the same name and onto the contour trail towards the join with the long course at 15.3km. At 17.3km we turn onto the Rietvlei switchbacks, over the Rietvlei dam wall and onto the final short climb to 19.6km and the final downhill through the apple and pear orchards to the finish at the tasting room.
WILDRUNNER TRAIL RUNNING GRADING SYSTEM (WTG)
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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