Rayner Trophy 1967 Report

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Route: Hiking in the Franschhoek mountains, then on Bicycles in the Grabouw area

This competition was held over the week-end 18/19 March, 1967. It attracted 22 entries, but withdrawals and absentees reduced the number who met at the start to 15 teams. They were from:

2nd Green & Sea Point, 1st Mowbray, 2nd Pinelands, 1st Claremont, 2nd Claremont, 1st Constantia, 1st Clifton, 4th Maitland, 1st Bellville, 2nd Bellville, 2nd Somerset West, 1st Strand, 2nd Bergvliet, 1st Worcester, 4th Oudtshoorn

The last group were making their first appearance in any of our Competitions and had to face over 450 miles all together to and from the meeting point, which was the top of Fransch Hoek Pass.

From there the teams hiked into the mountains to tackle various Obstacle Tests: then down into a river, and along its bed for about two miles. They then left the river and collected bicycles. Three miles of riding took them to their camping spot, where they were required to prepare a special three-course meal. All the meals were excellent, and could have been served in any first class hotel.

Next day teams cycled more than 25 miles to Elgin passing over Viljoen's Pass. Along the way they had to deal with various emergencies, as the judges waited at points about five miles apart. In spite of the heat, and the many uphill pushing's, all except one got through, though some bicycles just about made it.

First. 2nd Green and Sea Point
Second. 2nd Pine lands.
Third. 2nd Claremont.
Fourth. 1st Constantia.

Chief Judge: Colin Inglis