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 -

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Quick update - Martin Dreyer leaves Rouxpos, while Alex Harris still needs to exit Die Hel

With Tracker signal somewhat erratic, a quick update from Glenn out on the course is that race leader Martin Dreyer left Rouxpos support station at 09h30. Rouxpos is the station on the other side of Die Hel and Die Leer climb out of Die Hel. 2nd-placed Alex Harris is probably heading towards Die Leer at the moment. Alex clocked out of Die Hel support station (the station before Rouxpos) at 08h15. The trip for Alex to Rouxpos station is expected to be about 6-7 hours in total, of which about an hour-and-a-half has already been completed.

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