The seventh Cape Endurance Rally (CER) will be held on Saturday 4th March 2017 all across the Western Cape, South Africa. Entry application closes midnight SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 2017.
The Cape Endurance Rally is like an Amazing Treasure Hunt on two wheels. ALL participants receive a list of bonus locations with clear instructions for each location. Each location has a point value aka bonus. You can earn points by going to a location and perform whatever task is provided in the instructions (e.g. take a photograph or answer a question). The instructions and tasks are NOT cryptic and are mostly of the type "what is written on the sign at <some place>" with instructions and GPS coordinates of where <some place> is - in other words, just something to prove that you were actually there. You don't have to be smart at solving puzzles to do well. There are two requirements to do well: you need to be able to figure out which subset of bonus locations that you can get to and get back from in the allotted time, will give you the greatest points total, and you have to be an efficient rider (note: efficient, not necessarily fast).
The bonus locations are spread out across the Western Cape and there are way more of them than what you can visit in the allotted time and a great number of new bonii have been added. Participants must therefore plan their ride carefully ahead of time and decide which ones to visit and which ones to skip. The person with the most points at the end of the rally will be declared the winner. The winner will receive nothing other than a certificate, the admiration of his or her peers and loads of fun getting there (which is just about what all the other participants will be receiving too).
This is NOT a race. There are strict rules against speeding and it will be the smartest rider that will win, not the fastest. It is an endurance rally, so you will have to be prepared to spend some time in the saddle. However, there is also a rest bonus so you can earn points while resting. On the other hand, you might decide you don't care who wins, you just want to participate for the fun of it and see where the Rally Master is sending you.
The Rally Master is still cooking up his plans, but the highlights are as follows:
For entry and organisational details for 2017, see the Entry Detail page.
Below is a picture of the 2015 Winning Route of Riël Smit.