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

Route Profile - Anysberg is next port of call - Diemersfontein is getting close

Martin Dreyer left Rouxpos at 9h30, and embarked on the long gradual ascent into the Anysberg Nature Reserve. This stage to Anysberg support station is pretty much all riding. There has been some dispute over the public right of way on part of the road approaching the nature reserve, but apart from that one wouldn't expect any navigation issues to delay the riders' trip into and through the reserve. The route profile below perhaps makes the ascent look more extreme than it actually is. In actual fact the highest point on the route profile chart is only 999 metres, 490 metres higher than the low point near the start at Rouxpos, so it not by any means an extreme stage. 

Later today, the next stage will be to Montagu.....Diemersfontein is getting close  

Rouxpos to Anysberg support station:
Total Distance - 72.4km
Cumulative ascent: +1,119m
Cumulative descent: -979m
Expected riding time: 4-5 hours

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