Special Stage 6
6Special Stage 6 Noordhoek & beyond01 December 2020
We head to the leafy suburb of Noordhoek for the 6th and final Special Stage of the Phantom Rally in 2020 (NOT the last in the Rally!). All three routes combine sections of the most famous mountain pass in Cape Town as we blend trail with road in this spectacular area.
An struly stunning blend of trail and tar, this special stage kicks off with a climb up out of Noordhoek on Chapman's Peak drive. After a short descent we wave farewell to tar and turn up onto the old Hoerikwaggo hiking trail path and climb all the way up to the summit of Chapman's Peak (592m) on this spectacular Southern ridgeline. From the summit we descend on the more well known Northern summit trail to the saddle between Chapman's Peak and Noordhoek Peak, before turning down to connect with Chapman's Peak Drive. We follow this most famous & magnificent mountian pass all the way back to the gates of the farm village to complete the stage.
This is a fast and fun urban trail exploration of Noordhoek! Kicking off at the gates of the Farm Village, we soon turn into the evergreen Noordhoek Common fields. Then it's a weave through the back suburban streets from Sleepy Hollow Lane to Willow Road before tackling a short stretch of soft sand to get onto Noordhoek Beach. At 'De Hoek' we pick up a hidden trail through the milk wood forest and climb up onto Chapman's Peak Drive. After short hill, it's a downhill romp back to the finish at the Farm Village.
An truly epic combination of trail and tar, this special stage kicks off with a climb up out of Noordhoek on Chapman's Peak drive. After a short descent we wave farewell to tar and turn up onto the old Hoerikwaggo hiking trail path and climb all the way up to the summit of Chapman's Peak (592m) on this spectacular Southern ridgeline. From the summit we descend on the more well known Northern summit trail to the saddle between Chapman's Peak and Noordhoek Peak to connect with Alfie's Path. We traverse all the way to Blackburn Ravine and then climb a few zig-zags before connecting to the high level traverse that takes us all the way to the Manganese mine trail. After descending to Chapman's Peak Drive, we follow this all the way back to Noordhoek to complete the stage.
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