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

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Rider Progress Update - Available times as at evening of 21st June

Below, the rider progress graphs as at evening of 21st June.

On the negative side,  12 riders have withdrawn from the race out of the 48 that started. 

But on the positive side, this year's race is turning into a hummdinger between Alex Harris and Martin Dreyer, who are neck and neck, and riding at race record pace, chasing each other through rain and mud.

Martin today leads the average speed table with a 9.07km/hour (calculated from when the race started for them, and includes all resting time up until arrival at Chesneywold), having got to Chesneywold support station ahead of Alex. So Alex's average speed was recorded up until Rhodes, as he had not arrived at Chesneywold at time of completion of the rider progress table for the evening.










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