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 - Dreyer's over Harris lead as at Toekomst narrows a bit

Based on Toekomst support station departure times, Alex Harris has managed to close the time gap between himself and race leader Martin Dreyer to about 5 hours, from an earlier 5 hours 45 minutes at van de Venterskraal. Dreyer left shortly after 10h10 this morning from Toekomst, while Harris departed at about 15h10. Much of the narrowing of the gap had to do with Dreyer taking a significantly longer break at Tokomst earlier. However, by tonight the gap could possibly be a little less, as Dreyer appeared to take an incorrect turn, according to Tracker, not far before Kleinpoort, and had to backtrack, a move which looks to have cost half an hour. Other than the possible taking of an incorrect turn, the reason for Dreyer’s small “detour” is not apparent.

Dreyer is back on track and heading for Bucklands, while Harris has just moved past Darlington Dam

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