Just a week after dropping out of a race around Mont Blanc in Europe, South Africa’s most successful ultra-distance trail athlete, Ryan Sandes, has added another ultra-trail achievement to his impressive trail CV back on the familiar mountain trails in Cape Town.
Yesterday Sandes completed the “Thirteen Peak Challenge” around the Peninsula in an impressive 15 hours 51 min 48 dec – an extraordinary achievement by the evergreen world-class athlete.
The thirteen peaks challenge has become the ultimate in trail running challenges in the Cape and takes in thirteen of the toughest, most iconic peaks in the Peninsula over a 100km route. “The idea came about earlier this year when I jotted down some peaks which I thought would make a nice logical route," explained Sandes.
“The route has some really key peaks in there," says Ryan. "Peaks I’ve spent a lot of time on. Also, the route lets you experience a lot of the best of the Cape Peninsula on foot."
The challenge starts at Signal Hill, then Lions Head, followed by MacLears Beacon, Grootkop, Judas Peak, Klein Leeukop, Suther Peak, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Peak, Muizenberg Peak, Constantiaberg, Klassenkop and Devils Peak, finishing again at Signal Hill.