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

Is Glenn showing intent early (as at 9h30 on Tracker)? Race Across South Africa Update

Morning Everyone. As at 22h00 last night it was still Mike Woolnough and Trevor Ball that were setting the pace. They reportedly battled to find Malekholanyane support station in the dark. But they apear to have made ammends, and an earlier tweet had them heading out of Malekhalonyane this morning and headed for Rhodes by this evening, which would imply jumping Vuvu support station and a very impressive 3 day ride to Rhodes if they make it.

But as from this morning, all eyes are on the "Racing Snake" Batch J, who started this morning. Extreme Triathlete August Carstens, with his injured knee, looks like he's planning to take it easy to Allendale today. But the rest are off at speed according to the Tracker. 

The 4 "favourites" in Batch J are not too far apart. Glenn appears to be leading on Tracker,  and the order of the 4 riders is Glenn, Garth Flanders, Martin Dreyer and Alex Harris. Glenn has already passed through the village of Byrne, and is approaching the Umkomaas Valley according to the latest on Tracker at around 9h30 this morning.

The graphs below have yet to reflect the Racing Snakes, as they are taken from the rider progress tables as at 22h00 last night.

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