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

Race record looking increasingly likely to fall and fall hard

In 2011, record reaker Alex Harris left Rouxpos support station 10 days 21 hours after starting in Maritzburg.

Martin Dreyer left Rouxpos this morning at 9h15, 9 days, 3 hours and 15 minutes after starting in Maritzburg.

This now puts him 1 day, 17 hours and 45 minutes ahead of record pace, and the margin is increasing at virtually every support station. The record stands at 12 days, 15 hours and 30 minutes.

Sub-11 days now a very distinct possibility if no technical troubles befall Dreyer

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