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, 13 August 2012

Update on Tim's CTR

Tim finished his Colorado Trail Race in 6days 9hours 4min - a really good effort, considering that it included an 18 hour break to deal with some unexpected food/stomach issues - as he recounted on Twitter:

Thanks to all my late night CTR "blue dot" followers. Sorry for disappointing result. Self inflicted. On day one, I was cooking my supper..

...while sheltering under tree from hail, lightning and rain and I didnt take out the Silica Gel packet from my meal.....

Took me 3 days of reflection to realise that this was what had made me so sick. Hardly eating or drinking anything.

Finally made it to Silverton and stopped for 18 hours to sleep and eat before finishing. Tks for all the support. Next time!

It will be interesting to see how his experiences of this race compare to FC and if there are many similarities - hopefully I'll be able to track him down soon and find out. 

1 comment:

  1. Interesting article on silica gel:

    I suspect that something else made Tim ill, perhaps some bad food or water. Stomach issues seem fairly common on the CTR.