3Tygerberg Nature Reserve

23 February 2020

Tygerberg

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3Tygerberg Nature Reserve23 February 2020

The infamous TYGER! Can you tame her?  

Tackle the rolling up's and downs of this gem of a Nature Reserve and it's perfectly manicured hiking trails!




 

 

Short

Distance | 6.8km | +311m
Start Time | 07:51
Cost | R150
Grading | Yellow 9B i

Long

Distance | 11km | +516m
Start Time | 07:30
Cost | R220
Grading | Yellow 8B i

XL

Distance | 16.5km | +911m
Start Time | 07:00
Cost | R295
Grading | Yellow 8B i

Long

A brand new route for the 2020 TSSL, starting from the familiar Olienhout Park and entering the Tygerberg Nature Reserve off of Fynbos Close.  1km in we join the Nduli trail and head right to join the Uketshe trail and a long traverse with magnificent views over Table Bay and Cape Town.  At 2.5km the legs better be warm as we hit the very rude 500m steep uphill to the top of the first climb.  Then it's downhill on Wild Olive trail, climb to near the main gate at 5km.  Then it's fast down Duiker around the bottom loop (6km) before a long climb to the highest point on the route at 7.8km. From here it's downhill to the finish on a fast mix of track and trail before being spat out onto Olienhout Road at 10.5km for the final sprint into the finish.

Short

A brand new route for the 2020 TSSL, starting from the familiar Olienhout Park and entering the Tygerberg Nature Reserve off of Fynbos Close.  1km in we join the Nduli trail and head right to join the Uketshe trail and a long traverse with magnificent views over Table Bay and Cape Town.  At 2.5km the legs better be warm as we hit the very rude 500m steep uphill to the top of the first climb.  Here we break away from the two longer routes and take the steady climb to the highest point on route at 3.8km.  From here it's downhill to the finish on a fast mix of track and trail before being spat out onto Olienhout Road at 6km for the final sprint into the finish.

XL

A brand new XL route for the 2020 TSSL, starting from the familiar Olienhout Park and entering the Tygerberg Nature Reserve off of Fynbos Close.  1km in we join the Nduli trail and head right to join the Uketshe trail and a long traverse with magnificent views over Table Bay and Cape Town.  At 2.5km the legs better be warm as we hit the very rude 500m steep uphill to the top of the first climb.  Then it's downhill on Wild Olive trail before breaking away from the LONG route and turning onto Golden Mole trail at 4km.  We follow Golden Mole until it joins Tortoise trail, past the gate and down into the Duicket loop.  At 7km it's a turn up and a steady climb to the highest point at the radio masts (8.8km).  It's downhill for a kilometer before we split from the two shorter routes and tackle the Grey Rheebok trail.  At 11.8km you have reached the second last hill and running into the brand new NW side of the reserve that is not open to the public.  At 14.5km you have reached the top of the last climb and it's downhill to the finish on a fast mix of track and trail before being spat out onto Olienhout Road at 16km for the final sprint into 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.

DEFINITIONS:
'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

FOR EXAMPLE:
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%
3= 21-30%
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