2021 Kaapsehoop Mountain Ultra

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FRESH Kaapsehoop Mountain Ultra on 8 August 2021

KAAPSEHOOP

Quaint, cloudy and calm – this is Kaapsehoop .  Set atop a mountain pass on the Drakensberg escarpment above Nelspruit, it comes slowly into view, as if appearing out of the mists of time.

The gravel streets are lit by lantern-style lights and the town has a series of quaint shops and eateries.  It has a lovely moderate climate- making it a lot cooler up there during summer whilst the Lowveld bakes.

Most appealing though is a herd of wild horses that makes the plateau its home.  The village is particularly regardful of their horses (there are about 200 of them) that range at will among the houses and on the plateau beyond.

Their blue swallows are unique, as well as a series of ancient stones, known as Adam’s Calendar, that suggest an ancient and mystical history of mankind.

Blue swallow are rarely seen in South Africa. Part of the escarpment is declared a blue swallow natural heritage site.

From up here there are incredible views over the Lowveld, particularly of the Baberton valley, known as De Kaap Valley. It was also known as the ‘valley of death’ because of the prevalence of malaria, which Kaapsehoop evaded (and continues to do so), because of its altitude.

Kaapsche Hoop, the original Dutch spelling of the town’s name, came into existence as part of the 1873 gold rush. It’s very name means ‘hope of the Cape’!  This refers to the prospector’s hopes for gold.

What a great setting to present a Fresh Trails experience of pristine trail running!!!!

  1. DATE AND DISTANCES

8 August 2021 (Sunday):

105km, Elevation gain 4600m, 8 x Aid Stations  (Entries close 01Aug)

65km, Elevation gain 2300m, 5 x Aid Stations (Entries close 01Aug)

37km, Elevation gain 1400m, 2 x Aid Stations (Late Entries available on the day at extra R100)

17km 580 Elevation gain 1 x Aid Station (Late Entries available on the day at extra R50)

Province: Mpumalanga

Town: Kaapsehoop

Race Village: Salvador Restaurant & Pub

Trail Description: Plantation jeep track and flowing single track;  Kaapsehoop rock formations;   grassland escarpment with misty mountains and plantations.

  • TIME

7 August 2021 @ Kaapsehoop Race Village @ Salvador Restaurant:  

Registration, compulsory kit checks and late entries 16h00 – 18h00

07 August 2021 @ Kaapsehoop Race Village @ Salvador Restaurant:

Compulsory Race Briefing 18h00 105km

8 August 2021 @ Kaapsehoop Race Village  @ Salvador Restaurant:

Late Registration 04h30-05h30 60km Kaapsehoop  (no late entries for 105km & 65km)

Late Registration & Entries 04h30 – 06h30 37km & 17km

Race Start Time:

105km 04h00 (race briefing 18h00 07August)

65km 06h00 (race briefing 05h45)

37km 07h00 (race briefing 06h45)

17km 07h30 (Race briefing 07h15)

Prize Giving (17km & 37km) 14h00 at Race Village @ Salvador Restaurant

Prize Giving (65km & 105km) 10h00 Sunday at Race Village @ Salvador Restaurant

  • COSTS

105km = R1800 (Entries close 01Aug)

65km = R1080 (Entries close 01Aug)

37km = R480 (late entry R100 extra) 2 x Aid Stations

17km = R200 (late entry R50 extra) 1 x Aid Station

Race Shirt = R350

Race Cap = R350

  • INCLUDED

TRUCKER CAP 65km & 105km

FINISHER MEAL 65km & 105km

FRESH MOUNTAIN HOSPITALITY

GREAT TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

WATER POINTS ON ROUTE AND FINISH

MEDAL OR CRAFT BEER FOR FINISHERS

WELL MARKED ROUTE

MEDICAL STAFF

ABLUTION FACILITIES

FOOD AND REFRESHMENT STALLS

KIDZ ZONE

  • Compulsory Equipment
ItemCommentCompulsory for Distance
Beanie / BuffOne of either37km/65km/105km
Cap / VisorOne of either65km/105km
Long Thermal TightsSub-zero Temps are Possible37km/65km/105km
Thermal TopSub-zero Temps are Possible37km/65km/105km
Trail Running ShoesGrip for Slippery surfaces17km/37km/65km/105km
Water / Windproof Jacket with HoodMust have Hood with tape-sealed seams17km/37km/65km/105km
GlovesPreferably thermal37km/65km/105km
Headlamp with Spare BatteriesQuality headlamp is vital.65km/105km
Hydration Pack Minimum 1.5lEssential37km/65km/105km
GPS Handheld / GPS Watch with Spare BatteriesMust be fully charged / Spare Batteries65km/105km
Charged Cell phoneMust be fully charged17km/37km/65km/105km
Space BlanketEssential17km/37km/65km/105km
WhistleEssential17km/37km/65km/105km
Emergency Rations  2 X Energy BarsMust be produced at finish unless used in emergency17km/37km/65km/105km
Zip Lock Bag X 1Essential for protecting Cellphone17km/37km/65km/105km
Cup or bottleKaapsehoop is a cup free event17km/37km/65km/105km

Kaapsehoop Mountain Ultra supports the Kaapsehoop Heritage Association by promoting their good work and raising funds with the event. Please buy a lucky draw ticket or donate any amount with your entry.

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