Ultra Trail Cape Town ® - UTCT

6th edition 29 Nov, 1 Dec 2019

Entries open 1 April 2019

UTCT Races

UTCT presents four trail races of 100km, 65km, 35km and 21km that traverse the mountains of the beautiful Cape Peninsula. The host city Cape Town is a world-class destination that features highly on any 'must visit' list.

The City is shaped by two oceans and Table Mountain National Park, a dramatic mountain chain that stretches from Table Bay in the north to Cape Point in the south.

The races traverse sections of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Orangekloof, Llandudno, Hout Bay, the Constantia Winelands, upper slopes of Kirstenbosch Nature Reserve and Devil's Peak, which form part of the iconic natural world heritage site and one of the new Natural Seven Wonders of the World.

All four races consist of technical terrain with steep ascents and descents. Weather can vary drastically with near sub-zero temperatures in the early morning on top of Table Mountain to 30 degrees plus during the latter part of the day.

Participants are reminded that the UTCT races are genuine mountain excursions, necessary care and respect must be taken when running within Table Mountain National Park and surrounds.

100km ULTRA-TRAIL®: 100 km 4300m D+; 5 ITRA points

The 100km Ultra-trail is a front loaded route with two major climbs on Table Mountain and the remote trails of Karbonkelberg within the first 50km. The second half, while equal in elevation gain, consists of more sustained gradients.

The race starts at night (4am) with an ascent out of the city to Signal Hill and around Lions Head, which captures the sights of the Atlantic Seaboard at first light. With the sun rising runners climb midway up Table Mountain's north face and run a contour to Platteklip Gorge, the longest vertical ascent of the race, a notorious route with gradients exceeding 35 degrees, up Table Mountain. The climb is a long grind and loads the legs very early on in the race - after 25km an elevation of 1700m will have been covered. Upon reaching the top, you will run the famous table top ridge with Cape Town at your feet. Traversing Table Mountain for 10km where you eventually arrive at Constantia Nek after an 800m descent. From here the route flattens through Orangekloof to Llandudno Aid station (44.5km) and along the remote scenic coastal stretches to Oude Schip. The second of the two steep climbs is the 600m Suther Peak and a traverse of Karbonkelberg to Hout Bay Aid station (60km). This part of the race either makes or breaks it for the runners, with temperatures on the rise and a scramble up this remote stretch being particularly exhausting.

The second half from Hout Bay moves toward Constantia, a 'flat' run through the valley where runners reach vineyards and city greenbelts making up the next 10km.

Runners then depart the city slopes back for Table Mountain at Alphen Trail Aid station (76km) where they climb through the technical sections of Cecilia and Newlands forests followed by a steep drop down into the University of Cape Town's upper campus and your last Aid station (89km). The final 10km, often into a strong headwind (the infamous 'Cape Doctor'), requires digging deep with an intense climb to get up to the Blockhouse and lower traverse of Devils Peak. Reaching it marks the home stretch, with the reward of incredible views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and Lions Head. Running above the City Bowl gives runners a moment to reflect, by retracing their footsteps along these famous landmarks covered in the morning.

The UTCT 100km has a permit for 17 hours and is for experienced, fit runners who can manage stringent time-barriers.

Ultra Trail Cape Town ® - UTCT

100km ULTRA-TRAIL®: 100 km 4300m D+; 5 ITRA points | www.ultratrailcapetown.com

65km ULTRA: 65 km 3100m D+; 4 ITRA points

The 65km Ultra is a front loaded route with a climb up Table Mountain followed by two significant climbs up Newlands Forest and Devil's Peak. The second half, while equal in elevation gain, consists of more sustained gradients.

The race starts at night (5am) with an ascent out of the city to Signal Hill and around Lions Head, which captures the sights of the Atlantic Seaboard as the sun starts to rise. With the sun rising runners climb midway up Table Mountains north face and run a contour to Platteklip Gorge, the longest vertical ascent of the race- a notorious route with gradients exceeding 35 degrees, up Table Mountain. The climb is a long grind and loads the legs very early on in the race- after 15km an elevation of 1500m will have been covered. Reaching the top you run the famous table top ridge with Cape Town at your feet. Traversing Table Mountain happens 10km later, with a 800m descent into Constantia marking halfway. The second half offers some flatter running through the historic Cape Wine Estates where they move through vineyards and city greenbelts.

Runners then depart the city slopes back for Table Mountain at Alphen Trail where they will climb through the technical sections of Cecilia forest and Newlands forest followed by a steep drop down into the University of Cape Town's upper campus(UCT Aid Station 55km). The final 10km, often into a strong headwind (the infamous 'Cape Doctor'), requires digging deep with an intense climb to get up to the Blockhouse and lower traverse of Devils Peak. Reaching it marks the home stretch, with the reward of incredible views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and Lions Head. Running here above the City Bowl gives runners a moment to reflect, by retracing their footsteps along these famous landmarks covered in the morning.

Ultra Trail Cape Town ® - UTCT

65km ULTRA: 65 km 3100m D+; 4 ITRA points | www.ultratrailcapetown.com

35km TRAIL: 35 km 2000m D+; 2 ITRA points

The 35km Trail has two major climbs in Table Mountain (first half) and Devil's Peak(second half), the middle of the race consists mainly of technical descents with some flat run-able sections- take note along the Newlands contour of the climb known as the 400 stairs.

The race starts at 7am with a climb from Gardens Tech Rugby Club to Kloof Corner, a trail that puts runners midway up Table Mountain's north face. With the city at your feet you run along the contour to Platteklip Gorge, the longest vertical ascent of the race- a notorious route with gradients exceeding 35 degrees, up Table Mountain. The climb is a long grind and loads the legs very early on in the race- after 7km an elevation of 900m will have been covered. Reaching the top you run the famous table top ridge with Cape Town at your feet to Maclears Beacon, the highest point of the race - 1086m.

It is then on to Echo Valley, the Valley of Isolation and onward to the Scouts Hut next to the dams where the first Table Mountain Aid Station is located at 12km. The 35km splits from the 100km & 65km races at the end of Woodhead Dam where they make their way to Nursery Ravine which sees them rejoin the 100 & 65km races along the technical sections of Newlands forest followed by a steep drop down into the University of Cape Town's upper campus (UCT Aid station -26.2km). The final 10km, often into a strong headwind (the infamous 'Cape Doctor'), requires digging deep with an intense climb to get up to the Blockhouse and lower traverse of Devils Peak. Reaching it marks the home stretch, with the reward of incredible views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and Lions Head. Running here above the City Bowl gives runners a moment to reflect, by retracing their footsteps along these famous landmarks covered in the morning.

Ultra Trail Cape Town ® - UTCT

35km TRAIL: 35 km 2000m D+; 2 ITRA points | www.ultratrailcapetown.com

21km TRAIL: 21 km 1100m D+; 1 ITRA point

UTCT's latest race the 21km is a gateway to Ultra-trail running.

Runners will start on Sunday 2nd of December at 8am, heading out along the lower jeep and single tracks of Devils Peak. It's a relatively easy start and runners will be gifted awesome views of the City and the sun rising as they head towards UCT.

Before getting to Rhodes Memorial the rolling jeep and single tracks provide fast and flowing running at times, we then descend into the savannah like section of Rhodes Memorial where you will run along amazing single tracks and through lonely pines. Climbing past Rhodes Memorial it's worth stopping for a second to admire the view before you head down to UCT and your only Aid station at 10km. UCT has become an oasis for runners in all 3 races at UTCT and for the 21km it is no different. Be sure to take some time to fill up because the personality of the 21km is about to change.

From UCT runners head up and out towards Newlands forest before begining a slow climb towards the contour path, upon reaching the contour path you'll head along it for a about 2km before the biggest climb of the day will greet you, Newlands Ravine. It has sections that are 47% but generally it's a fairly steady climb which tops out between Devils Peak on your right and Table Mountain on your left, Newlands Ravine. It's a gradual descent to Saddle rock before traversing across and onto a fairly technical descent which should bother tired legs. As you make your way down to the Contour path be sure to look up and see the finish way down below.

The descent of Platteklip from the contour path will be a rough section for some but it'll soon pass with thoughts of home in your mind as you descend via the boardwalks and onto tar for the last 500m to the finish at Gardens Rugby Club.

Ultra Trail Cape Town ® - UTCT

21km TRAIL: 21 km 1100m D+; 1 ITRA point | www.ultratrailcapetown.com

Results of 21km Trail 1200m D+ 2018

1 - Siviwe NKOMBI; 2 - Llewellyn GROENEVELD; 3 - Mvuyisi GCOGCO

1 - Bianca TARBOTON; 2 - Samantha BIESKE; 3 - Chantel NIENABER

Results of 100km Ultratrail 4250m D+ 2018

1 - Janosch KOWALCZYK; 2 - Elov OLSSON; 3 - Johan LANTZ

1 - Emily HAWGOOD; 2 - Kerry-Ann MARSHALL; 3 - Mimmi KOTKA

Results of 65km Ultra 3000m D+ 2018

1 - Bernard RUKADZA; 2 - Moritz AUF DER HEIDE; 3 - Quintin HONEY

1 - Camille BRUYAS; 2 - Liz MARSHALL; 3 - Meryl COOPER

Results of 35km Trail 2000m D+

1 - Timothy CHAMBERS; 2 - Christoph LAUTERBACH; 3 - Hayley PREEN

1 - Hayley PREEN; 2 - Julie HUCKLE; 3 - Kayleigh GULTIG

Website: www.ultratrailcapetown.com

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