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

Martin arrives at Diemersfontein

At 22h40 tonight, Martin Dreyer arrived at Diemersfontein Wine Estate, first across the line and the end of his journey in the 2012 Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa. His time for this year is an incredible 10days 16hours 40min - a new record for the event and the first ever sub 11 day finish for the event. His reward, the customary Basotho blanket, the same prize for all finishers of this iconic event.

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