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 -

Monday, 2 July 2012

Trevor, Theo and Tweet are home.

Some mid afternoon excitement at Diemersfontein today with the arrival of the three "T's" - Trevor, Theo and Tweet (Graham) - who all looked remarkably good after a morning in Stettyn's Kloof!
They've done some big days on their run in to the finish and as a result have finished with some impressive times.
Although they all finished together, they left Pietermaritzburg on different days, so their relative times differed:
  • Graham started in J Batch on the 19th June and his overall time is 13d 9h 5min which puts him firmly in 3rd place overall.
  • Trevor started in H Batch on the the 17th June and his overall time is 15d 9h 5min which gives him 4th place overall.
  • Theo started in F Batch on the 15th June and his overall time is 17d 9h 5min - a great first effort!
After a brief Blanket Ceremony and photo session, they made their way quickly across to the restaurant - where they are now enjoying their pizzas and swopping war stories with friends and family - reliving the crazy adventures of the last two weeks. Well done guys.

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