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 -

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Race Across South Africa Rider Progress Update (Situation as at Evening of 15 June)

Today was a quiet day on the RASA. No cycling batch started today. There was a day's pause while the Extreme Triathlon racers battled the Umgeni Trail Run from Durbs to Maritzburg.

Race office appears to have had some technical issues today, so rider progress charts are not quite complete. We await times for Batch F riders Peter Stephens and John Exley, as well as Gerda Milford's time. Hope to have more detail later today. Still nobody jumping support stations. I'm pretty sure this will change from tomorrow as the Extreme Triathlon riders leave Maritzburg on their bikes.

Hennie de Clerq and Gerrit Pretorius passed through Slaapkrans support station last night, and are thus still furthest down the road to Cape Town.

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