Ryan Sandes let's us in on a few of his favourite trail running routes in and around the Mother City
Suikerbossie to the Cable Car Station
The FKT route from 2015 - from Suikerbossie across the top of Table Mountain down to the Cable Car station at the bottom is a beaut. It’s not that long but it is pretty technical and it feels like you have achieved something - you know, you've crossed Table Mountain. Also, Echo Valley on the top of Table Mountain is pretty wild and you are pretty much on your own, so that adds to this, 'real' epic little adventure.
Hout Bay Beach up to Blackburn Ravine and then all the way up to Constantia Mast is a tough, straigh up-and-down. It's a great training run and I enjoy that scenery up there.
Glen Beach to the top Cable Car Station
The new FKT route, the vert kay, is route is something so different to what I normally do because it is so high intensity. I enjoy that, but it is also cool that you start off at the beach and then you kind of go through the Glen – just a variety of terrain – and then when you go up India Venster is gets really fairly rocky and technical with some pretty insane views. When you get to the top it’s pretty rad to look down and see where you have come from all the way down at the bottom.
Constantia Nek offers so many variations. From a flattish, kind of straight-forward five-kay loopall the way up to 60-kays (if you combine various loops). I do a lot of my training there for races like the Western States. It’s safe and social (so many people always enjoying the forest and trails) and you can take your dogs there, which adds to the vibe.