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 -

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Dreyer goes still further ahead of race record pace today.

I understand that Race leader Martin Dreyer has just arrived in Montagu. With Tracker not working well today, we rely on the bush telegraph. Working on an arrival time of approximately 20h45, Martin has taken 9 days 14 hours and 45 minutes.

By comparison, Alex Harris got to Montagu in 11 days, 11 hours and 45 minutes on his way to setting last year's record. This means that Martin is approximately 1 day and 21 hours ahead of  race record pace as at Montagu. This is a further improvement on his 1day 17hours and 45 minutes ahead of record pace this morning as at departing Rouxpos.

Earlier at Anysberg there were tweets regarding a minor technical issue in the form of chain trouble. That seems to be a thing of the past, as another stage passes.

Dreyer has covered approximately 155km since leaving Rouxpos at 9h15 this morning. He now has 218.5 km left to the finish at Diemenersfontein.

Some time tonight, on the stage between Montagu and Kasra, Martin will pass the 2,000km mark in the race.

At present I don't have news as to Alex Harris. position, but he is expected to take a short sleep at Anysberg support station, 1 station before Montagu.

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