Picturesque Montague in the Western Cape this year played host to the 2018 GS Trophy, which saw more than 700 attendees take over the quiet town from 9 to 13 May. There was an array of routes to cater to all adventure riding enthusiasts, with some hailing from as far as Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands.
While this year’s event aimed to introduce riders from BMW clubs across the country to some of the regions exquisite landscapes and scenery, through a mix of tar, gravel and true off-road routes, riders were also encouraged to enter the skills challenge. A series of obstacle courses were set up in the soft sand in an area adjacent to the event’s temporary home at the Montagu Caravan Park. These obstacles were altered daily, and the difficulty levels adjusted, as the competition progressed.
Brothers and sisters in arms
The regional teams previously selected and those who were up for a spot in the wildcard team selected on Thursday, 10 May, were presented with a series of challenges to complete in a race against the clock (and the other teams). The overall winners were announced after a thrilling Saturday session that saw the men’s team from the Inland region, Carl-Reinhardt Cronje, Dalton de Bruin and Roelof Schutte, top the points table, while the ladies’ winning team comprised Antoinette Janse van Rensburg, Charine van Niekerk and Lezanne Truter.
“There are two things that stand out in the 2018 GS Trophy,” says Edgar Kleinbergen, General Manager of BMW Motorrad South Africa. “We have seen a marked increase in the number of female participants – both on the rides and in the skills challenges – which is encouraging to us and is backed up by more interest from ladies in our learner rider courses.”
The annual GS Trophy has been run since 2004, when it attracted an entry field of 98 participants.
“It’s also notable that the overall winners of the men’s Skills Challenge are aged between 19 and 34, which points to a lower average age of participants in the national GS Trophy qualifiers,”