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 -

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Dusi King Martin Dreyer 1st up Hella Hella it would appear

On Tracker at 12h15, and this time it is Martin Dreyer out in front. He looks like he has cleared the huge Hella Hella climb, the very steep long climb out of the Umkomaas Valley, but at a guess is not more than 15-20 minutes ahead of the chasing racing snakes Alex Harris, Garth Flanders and Glenn Harrison (in that order) who appear to be near the top of Hella Hella climb. After Hella Hella it is plain sailing down the district road to Allendale, the 1st overnight support station for normal riders (with about 100kms then done). At this rate I'm guessing no need for sleeping at Centacow tonight for the racing snakes. They could be at Centacow before dark and would probably move on to Ntsikeni at least, the 2nd overnight station for us normal mortals.

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