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, 5 July 2012

Rider progress Graph Update (position as at 4 July)

The past few days have seen the riders starting to arrive at Diemersfontein "fast and furiously" relatively speaking. And yesterday it was the turn of the only surviving lady, Dawn bell, to arrive in a time of 21 days, 9 hours and 35 minutes. This was outside of the ladies' record, but nevertheless a great ride after having been behind the 26 day race schedule early in the race due to some technical and health issues that her husband Dave ran into.

The 1st 5 mens race positions are settled, being Martin Dreyer, Alex Harris, Graham Bird, Trevor Ball and Mike Woolnough.

As at last night, 13 of the 28 riders still in the race had arrived at Diemersfontein.

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