Sunday 10 September 2023
A radical run featuring a world of different biomes, brutal but beautiful with technical stretches on the mountain folds behind Cederberg Oasis.
Elevation Gain: 1200m
Aid Stations: 1
The first kilometre of the CederRun is a warm-up stretch of weather-beaten jeep track before the trail turns to rough, rugged mountain terrain. The first climb attacks energy levels with an average 22% gradient, reaching up to an aggressively steep 46%. Bear this climb in mind, it’s also the final descent of the day.
After the rugged climb, runners reach a gate that marks a shift in the trail, opening up for more runnable, smoother terrain.
From there, the Rooiberg descent awaits; a technical downhill into the gorge that leads to the sandy banks of Brandskraalrivier.
Crossing the river takes runners to the Nuwerust Loop, a beautiful 6km waterfall trail with a punchy climb with surreal scenes of the rocky habitat, home to exceptional fauna and flora, before the longest descent of the day - another technical shred to test the ankles and the resolve.
Another fast section follows which sees runners criss-crossing over the river bed, gaining momentum and gradually shedding elevation. From here, runners are met with the final big climb of the day; a brutal 2km with a gradient of 20% that starts almost immediately. After a scramble to reach the summit, runners find themselves on a flatter, faster section before closing the loop with the rugged downhill behind Oasis before they find their way back home.
Keep an eye on route markers, watch your step, and take in all the views!
🙂 17km, Nuwerest