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 - http://mg.co.za/multimedia/2010-02-04-extreme-endurance-the-freedom-challenge

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Martin Dreyer leads Alex Harris as he arrives at Chesneywold support station this evening

The race route is extremely wet and muddy, and Glenn informs me that a drenched Martin Dreyer has arrived at Chesneywold support station, which is actually the halfway station between Rhodes and Slaapkranz overnight stations. The mud and rain may have made it rather slow going today, but Chesneywold in 2 days keeps the 2 riders on record pace. I say the 2 riders because Alex Harris is not far behind on his way to Chesneywold too.

Looks like Martin is eating and sleeping at Chesneywold. Earlier Glenn met a tired looking Martin who had been falling asleep on his bike on the way down the district road to Rhodes.


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