One of the most anticipated trail runs of the year is coming up this weekend in Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Whether you’re going in for a mild 14km or are braving the gruelling new 50km trail, it promises to be incredibly rewarding. Not to mention cold. The threat of snow covered mountains should not be taken lightly.
Entries are now closed but for those aspiring to take on something like this next year, here is some info on the trails:
14km (R195) : Not such a beginner trail run, mostly on forest tracks and gravel roads, with some single-track and short technical (loose rocks, bushy) section. Moderate inclines. Your feet will get wet at river crossings. All rocks are slippery!
24km (R295) : Not for beginners. Open gravel road start with a hill to spread the field, takes you to a vertical firebreak climb, and on to a gnarly and exposed single track – with amazing views. This is a ‘no passing’ zone, as a tumble will go on for a while. Over the neck and on to forest tracks and wooded river-side single-track. That’s halfway! This is not a sprint, but an adventure. Compulsory kit.
35km + (R395) : For the hard-core mountain goats. Follows the same route as the 24km, then veers off to circumnavigate the Berg river dam.
For more information on the very fun Bastille Festival, go here. It’s not all about running.