The caliber of rider at the front of the Freedom Challenge field is impressive. One of Glenn’s pre-race favoured opponents is Joburg’s Alex Harris. He is formidable, having won the 2011 race and is also the current record holder in 12 days, 15 hours and 30 minutes. If this isn’t enough to prove his credentials, then summiting Everest and completing the “Seven Summits” (conquering the highest peaks on all 7 continents) in June 2005 must help a little. No shortage of speed on a bike either, having been the former 1000m SA track cycling champ in the 35-39 yr old age group.
But perhaps for us “social endurance cyclists”, most important of all, Alex shows us that living in the great City of Joburg is no excuse for not being able to achieve great things in endurance sport (granted, you may have a slight challenge if you are long distance snow skiier). And to illustrate this, a few weeks ago he was out doing RASA training on Jozi’s own “mountain” that is Northcliff Hill.
The final stats for the day’s work:
"Final stats were: 30 laps of northcliff from home = 5064m ascent, 11hrs 00.24 time and, surprisingly, 161,7 kms."
One lap was from the parking lot on beyers/olivias to the apex of the road at the top of northcliff, and back to the parking"
1 lap was = 4.9kms and roughly 165m ascent. I was averaging about 16mins up and 4 down. So 3 laps per hour"
There you go fellow Joburg citizens. See you out on Northcliff.