Pipe Track/Smuts Track/Top Table
25km - 1450m D+
Leaving the Race Village at Homestead Park, you will head through the neighbourhood along Rugby road to the Moleno road entrance into TMNP where the routes split. The Atlantic Route will run the lower jeep tracks towards the lower Kloof Corner parking lot and to the Pipe Track trailhead, running the entire length of the pipe track to Corridor Ravine where you ascend. At the top of Corridor Ravine head left, you will run the Twelve Apostles trail to just before Kasteelspoort, where you will run past the Old Railway Line trail from last year's route to the final right turn towards the Scouts hut. Here you will cross Woodhead Dam wall before taking a left on the concrete road. Just before the Hely Hutchinson Dam wall, you take a right onto the trail which will lead you to Smuts Track and the top of Nursery Ravine. Follow Smuts Track all the way to the race’s highest point - Maclears Beacon. Follow the front trail to Platteklip where you will descend all the way to the contour path, you'll then exit Platteklip towards Lions head before taking a new descent to Tafelberg road, cross directly over Tafelberg road onto the jeep track heading down towards Molteno for your final kilometre back to Homestead Park.
Devils Peak/Newlands Forest
25km - 1450m D+
The same start as the Atlantic Loop to the top of Molteno road, then it’s up the contour along the lower jeep tracks, taking short sharp climb to the contour before running past Platteklip through Silverstream and over the Saddle to the top of Newlands Ravine. From here you will drop down the Ravine into Newlands Forest where you will head right along the contour path towards Constantia Nek. Just after Nursery Ravine you will drop down onto the jeep tracks and take a left heading back to Newlands Forest and a roller coaster of the best the lower forests have to offer. You will exit the Woodcutters Path left midway on a direct route to the Picnic table on the Contour path and the beginning of your ascent of Newlands Ravine. Once over the ravine it's all downhill so to speak but it's technical and will present a challenge to tired legs so save some gas. You will retrace your start steps heading home on some fast downhill jeep tracks below Tafelberg road and then onto Rugby road for your final kilometre on tar heading home to the race village at Homestead Park.