The Freedom Challenge

The Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa is an "unsupported" non-stage mountain bike race of approximately 2,300 km across South Africa. While recent winners have won in around 11 days, the race cut-off is 26 days. The race starts in Pietermaritzburg in early-to-mid-June, and ends in Paarl near Cape Town. Temperatures are known to drop as low as minus-10 deg. Celsius. While there are periodic "support stations" which will feed and accommodate riders should they require, the race is unsupported in the sense that riders must carry their own clothing and equipment, are responsible for their own maintenance and navigation (without the aid of GPS), and there are no marshalls or safety officials on the course (Race monitoring is done by satellite tracking). Estimates of cumulative ascent are around 37,000 metres, and the highest point on the route is approximately 2,700 metres above sea level. See the following link for an introductory slideshow by Mike Roy -

Friday, 29 June 2012

As at the 2 leading riders' arrival times at Kasra support station, Martin Dreyer had a 3 hour and 55 minute lead over Alex Harris

Alex Harris arrived at Kasra support station at about 12h25. This is compared to race leader Martin Dreyer's arrival at the same support station at around 08h30 this morning.

The gap as at Kasra between the 2 riders was thus about  3 hours and 55 minutes. From Kasra, there are about 136.5 kms left to the finish at Diemersfontein

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