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 - http://mg.co.za/multimedia/2010-02-04-extreme-endurance-the-freedom-challenge

Saturday, 29 June 2013

The Dreyers arrive.



Home at last - 12d 5h 55min

Martin and Jeannie Dreyer's honeymoon just ended at Diemersfontein - and now the celebrations begin. They finished their amazing ride in 12days, 5hours 55minutes - which gives Jeannie the new women's record by more than 7 days. A small group of friends and supporters welcomed them home and both were quite emotional, having reached the end of this long and intense journey. As they received their blankets, they spoke of each other's strength and how the bond between them had also been strengthened by the last 12 days together. They also acknowledged the other riders still out there riding, with Jeannie singling out Avril for her courage in doing so much of the trail by herself.

The Blanket Ceremony

Today is Jeannie's birthday, so in addition to the traditional finisher's pizza, there's also birthday cake for dessert. No doubt the eating will continue for a few days until their appetites are back to normal.

Pizza and cake

This has been a remarkable journey for the happy honeymooners - well done Martin and Jeannie!

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