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 -

Monday, 25 June 2012

Race Across SA - As at van de Venterskraal support station, Martin Dreyer's lead was similar to the margin as at Stuttgart yesterday

Toekomst Farm House

Martin Dreyer slept at van de Venterskraal last night, and left this morning at about 6h00. Alex Harris slept one support station behind Martin, at Grootdam, and started off at about 04h00 this morning for van de Venterskraal. After a short break at van de Venterskraal, Alex departed at around 11h45. This implies that, comparing the times of departure this morning from van de Venterskraal, Martin had a 5 hour 45 minute lead as at van de Venterskraal. This is slightly longer than the 5 and a half hours odd lead that Martin enjoyed at Stuttgart station yesterday, but not meaningfully so.

Martin, in the mean time, left Toekomst this morning at 10h10, has rounded Darlington Dam, and is headed for Bucklands support station. His break at Toekomst appears “long-ish by his standards, having rolled into Toekomst earlier at around 9h15.

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