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 -

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Martin Dreyer 1 day and 10 hours ahead of 2011 record pace as at his arrival in Prince Albert

The lastest from Tracker is that, as at Alex Harris' most location recent reading at 15h09 on the road from Willowmore to Prince Albert, the gap between him and leader Martin Dreyer remained about 7 hours, with Dreyer having passed the same point at about 08h05 this morning.

In the mean time, Dreyer has reached Prince Albert at around 15h05, and is currently resting. This means he reached the Prince Albert support station at 8 days, 9 hours and 5 minutes. This is now almost 1 day and 10 hours ahead of Alex Harris' 2011 arrival in Prince Albert during his record ride. Harris arrived at Prince Albert in 9 days and 19 hours.

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