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, 7 July 2012

Pops and Son

Travis and Burton also finished today. The only father and son team in the race this year, they started in batch G and finished with an overall time of 21days 11hours 38min. As the older member of the team, Burton had his work cut out keeping up with his son, but he was tough as nails and picked up the nickname 'Rocky' from some of the other riders for battling on despite fatigue and injury. Travis had the benefit of knowing the route from his previous finish last year, which made the navigation a lot easier. They rode smart - took the odd double where necessary - and finished with a few days to spare. Good effort guys.

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