Terrain and Climate
Days 1, 2, 3 and 4 will take place in areas above the main escarpment, on a plateau landscape. These areas are a mixture of grassland, rocky outcrop and pine plantation forests. In some areas, rock detail can become quite intricate, with stone pillars, boulders and cliffs dotting the landscape. Pine plantations and grassland areas are generally very runnable. Altitudes for these areas range from 1300 to 1500m above sea level.
Day 5 is a complex mixed parkland and urban area, with some sections of indigenous bush. There are several different types of terrain including regularly cultivated gardens and golf course, streets, as well as some rocky outcrops and thorny bush. Runnability is very good. Altitude is low at about 530m above sea level.
The competition takes place during high summer. Weather conditions will vary greatly across the 5 days, dependent on location and altitude. Graskop is located in mountains on an escarpment that attracts significant amount of rainfall during the year. The events of days 1, 2, 3 and 4 are in this mountain environment, with rain and mist occurring at times. Competitors need to be prepared for notable temperature changes within a few hours. Temperatures can plummet and it is always advisable to have warm clothing on hand. Day 5 is held in the Lowveld below the escarpment, at much lower altitude. Temperature and humidity can be extremely high here, even with the early start times on Day 5.