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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3Meerendal Wine Estate

07 February 2018

Meerendal

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3Meerendal Wine Estate07 February 2018

For race 3 we head out into the Durbanville Wine Valley and onto Meerendal Wine Estate. Run off into the sunset and take in the beauty of the iconic Table Mountain in the distance. This course runs  predominantly on the perfectly manicured mountain bike single track of Meerendal. A playful, undulating course that offers a solid dose of pure fun. 

Entries online are closed. On the day entries available from 17:00 - 19:00 at Meerendal on Wednesday.

THIS IS A SUNSET RACE
Remember to bring a HEADLAMP

Pre Race Information: Click Here
Directions: Click Here

 

Short Course

Distance | 6.2km
Start Time | 19:50
Cost | R125
Cost (4 race series) | R445
Grading | Yellow 7A i

Long Course

This fun 13.3km championship course takes runners along some of the cleanest cut, compact dirt mountain bike trails the cape has to offer. Starting out behind the Wine Tasting venue outside “This Way Out,” Meerendal’s local bike shop. The first 1km is an easy flat gravel road, giving the field a fair distance to spread themselves out. You then take a right turn onto the famous Burry Stander single track, normally a downhill section for mountain bikers, but for this race runners will gradually wind their way up for the next 2.8km until reaching the course split. (3.8km)

With the legs now nicely warmed up, the big climb begins.

The next 1.8kms takes runners up a 200m climb on another normally “downhill” single track, with clean cut winding switchbacks all the way to the top of Dorst Berg.(425m)

Once at the top, stop, take breath, enjoy the magical view of Cape Towns iconic Table Mountain with the sunset before plunging down into the Lafarge quarry down some steep technical trails. From 6.7km its a climb all the way out to 8.3km when finally all the climbing is done. The next 3.7km is a mixed bag of fun all the way down and back to the finish. Starting with a steep 1km loose rocky jeep track descent, then a sharp right into the playful single track switchbacks of stairway to heaven. The terrain here is mixture of loose gravel and strategically placed concrete on the sharp corners. Once at the bottom of the single track runners will make their way around the back of the farm, through the vineyards, around the dam and onto the finish lawn outside carluccis. Time to relax, have a drink and pizza and enjoy prize giving. (12km)

Short Course

This 6.2km challenge course takes runners along some of the cleanest cut, compact dirt mountain bike trails the cape has to offer. A very flat course a lot less climbing and a whole lot of dirt to play in. Starting out behind the Wine Tasting venue outside “This Way Out,” Meerendal’s local bike shop. The first 1km is an easy flat gravel road, giving the field a fair distance to spread themselves out. You then take a right turn onto the famous Burry Stander single track, normally a downhill section for mountain bikers, but for this race runners will gradually wind their way up for the next 2.8km until reaching the course split. (3.8km) 

With the legs now nicely warmed up it’s all downhill playtime back to the finish. Runners will head onto the beautifully manicured and cut single track, making for a seriously fun downhill as you wind your way through the berms. Once at the bottom of the single track runners will make their way around the back of the farm, through the vineyards, around the dam and onto the finish lawn outside carluccis. Time to relax, have a drink enjoy prize giving. (6.2km)

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