As at 13h21, Martin Dreyer appeared on Tracker to have just rolled into Romansfontein portage. This will surely be a very short stop, whereafter he will head out for the Aasvoelberg portage, and then to Hofmeyr, a 92.5km stretch.
He'll arrive at Hofmeyr after dark, and will probably miss the legendary pie shop, which should be closed by then. The question then is, does he sleep at Hofmeyr, or does he take on the infamous Elandsberg portage with its night navigation hazards, where Glenn slept out last year?
No recent news from Alex Harris and the latest on his seat troubles, as his tracker is not transmitting at present. He should have passed through Brosterley by now, but Dreyer seems to have significant lead today, helped by Alex's technical troubles..
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