5Paul Cluver Elgin Estate19 July 2020
Enjoy this exclusive, once a year, trail running access to the magnificent Paul Cluver Estate complete with three brand new routes in 2020.
Run the Oliphantsvlei, Witkoppieskloof, Bergadder, Mamba and Cobra trails that have made this estate most sought after by mountain bikers!
Leaving the start we snake out of the amphitheatre and within 700m 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 4km onto a short traverse. From 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 7.9km. Down a short stretch and we turn onto the Witklippies contour trail, then at 10.2km turn onto the Rietvlei switchbacks, over the Rietvlei dam wall and onto the final short climb to 12.3km before the final downhill to the finish.
Brand new route for the TSSL 2020! Within 700m we are into the first section of single track that has made Paul Cluver so famous! Downhill to the Oliphantsvlei Dam at 2.3km followed by a short gentle trot next to the dam before linking up with the Mamba trail at 3km, then onto the Cobra trail before hitting the final climb at 5km. At 5.5km it's a sprint to the line.
Another brand new route for 2020, we leave the start and snake out of the amphitheatre. Within 700m 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 4km onto a short traverse. From 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 7.9km. From here it's a very steep jeep track up the mountain to 9.5km. After a brief respite we climb again to the highest point at 11km. It's all worth it as we hit the steep mountain running descent down to 12.5km and the small wier. More technical trail brings us to the Paul Cluver Rock formation at 13.2km. 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 15km. At 17km we turn onto the Rietvlei switchbacks, over the Rietvlei dam wall and onto the final short climb to 19.3km and the final downhill to the finish.
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