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, 15 June 2012

Glenn’s opposition (Part 4) - There is always One – The Boskind

There is always one guy who sticks out like a sore thumb because he has to do things a little differently. In this regard we must make mention of the young and talented 26 year-old August “Boskind” Carstens from Stellenbosch. He’s doing it a little different to the “ordinary” Race Across South Africa (RASA) racers. Indeed, the RASA features as a part of his plans, but he is entered for the Extreme Triathlon. This includes:

- 85 km TRAIL RUNNING in the Umgeni Trail Race from Durban on the coast of the Indian Ocean to Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 16 June. He then gets a day’s rest before the 2nd stage of the triathlon;….

- which is 2300 km MOUNTAIN BIKE RASA, starting in Batch I on Monday 18 June 2012. The triathlon then ends with….

- The 240 km RIVER PADDLE in the 4 day staged Berg River K1 Canoe Marathon which starts in Paarl and ends in Velddrif on the Atlantic coast.

The record for the Extreme Triathlon is held by Graham Bird at 20 days, 15 hours and 4 minutes

But the Extreme Triathlon, too, seems to be the easy part of his total journey, which started in Dar Es Salaam a few month ago. The Extreme Triathlon is the last part of his Kili2Cape Expedition, which will total around 7000km, of which near 5000 kms have already been completed. His trip to date has seen him going through Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique, and picking up Malaria in the process. Take a look at his Kili2Cape website, it makes for some good reading -

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