The courses are marked. The crew is on site for the night. Set up is done. Adventure awaits 🤙
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@raidlightza @steenberg_farm @jaybirdsport Single track near tomorrow's finish. The kind of track that makes you want to head out right now! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride If you haven't planned tomorrow around Race 1 of the Cape Winter Trail Series® then get on to your family whatsapp group chop chop and line it all up! Today's route recce delivered on every level. See you in the morning at Paul Cluver! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride #livetrail #livesteenberg There will be entries for both the long and short course on Sunday at Paul Cluver. Or, enter without the late entry fee before 5pm today at the Wildrunner offices in Westlake. We are counting the hours until it's time to press play! #CWTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride That happy vibe in the air around Cape Town? That's because this weekend is Cape Winter Trail Series® 2018 Race 1 at Paul Cluver. 
Online entries have closed, but you can still enter and collect your numbers at pre-reg today, at Fire and Ice, from 12 to 6pm. Or at the Wildrunner Offices in Westlake on Friday from 12 to 5pm. 
Late entries, which carry a late entry fee, will be available on the day, Sunday 22 July. Come nice and early, the coffee will be hot! 
The hottest news of all? Almost an entirely NEW short course route, and some great revisions on the long course. 
Let's dance!

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@raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm Introducing... Ollie the Ostrich! Who dis? The 2018 Cape Winter Trail Series® Trophy! One for each of the overall winners in each major category. Did you know? Ostriches are the fastest runners of any birds or other two legged animals. They can sprint at over 70km an hour. Ollie is lank proud of this fact. 2 days to get your online entries in. You could be racing to take an Ollie home! Get in
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#Unleashyourwildstride On course in Paul Cluver yesterday checking the route  and having some fun in the forest section, see you next weekend at race 1 in the 2018 CWTS! #unleashyourwildstride  #trailseries2018 From out on the course today, some speedy, single track stoke. Leeuwenkloof is a rare gem
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@raidlightza @steenberg_farm @jaybirdsport A huge thank you to our sponsors and partners for the winter trail series. All the smiles we see on race days wouldn’t be possible without your help🙏🏼 #wwf #raidlight #steenberg #jaybird #mountaindew It’s been a great series 🌳☀️ now come join us for the finale 🕺🏻 #unleashyourwildstride #memorable #adventure #ourvillage #vitality #steenberg #raidlight #puretrailrunning The crew is busy marking the XL course at Leeuwenkloof this morning. Amped for tomorrow's finale! Late entries available for all three races
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If you are happy with your 3-out-of-4 race results, why not upgrade to the XL at Leeuwenkloof on 8 July?
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22km of absolute trail stoke. Get your trail running weekend fix on this classic high veld trail with a healthy combo of winding forest single track, rocky bushveld trails, technical mountainous terrain, some river crossings and a dash through a cave as a great way to finish off what has been a truly excellent Gauteng Winter Trail Series® so far
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1Lebanon Forest Elgin Valley

21 January 2018

Lebanon Forest

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1Lebanon Forest Elgin Valley21 January 2018

Runners get an exclusive morning of running through the Valley Farm orchards and the Lebanon Forestry mountain bike trails. A trail filled with glorious single track and picturesque views. A superb morning of running through a mixture of pine, fynbos and orchards for the start of the Cape Summer Trail Series®.

Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Or, you can take part in as many as you like (note: medals for finishers of the Trail Series® Championship/Challenge only). 

Pre Race Information: Click Here
Directions: Click here

 

Short Course

Distance | 6.3km
Start Time | 08:05
Cost | R125
Cost (4 race series) | R445
Grading | Yellow 4A i

Long Course

From an inspiring setting overlooking a magnificent dam below the forested slopes of Lebanon plantation, we start with a short drop over the dam wall before picking up a steady climb to through the beautiful Valley Farm orchards to the foot of Lebanon Forestry area (1.5km).  A gentle zig-zag trail gets us to the course split at a main forest track (1.9km).
From the course split, we get onto a fast traverse and the base of a steep single track climb (2.5km) along an old fire break which is the start of an undulating 3km climb on mixed terrain to the start of the glorious single track (5.5km). 2.2km of winding fast, smooth single track takes you to a short and runnable uphill (7.7km) 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.

To get the GPX file, click on the following link and navigate: https://tracedetrail.com/en/trace/trace/50967

Short Course

From an inspiring setting overlooking a magnificent dam below the forested slopes of Lebanon plantation, we start with a short drop over the dam wall before picking up a steady climb to through the beautiful Valley Farm orchards to the foot of Lebanon Forestry area (1.5km).  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.

To get the GPX file, click on the following link and navigate: https://tracedetrail.com/en/trace/trace/50968

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