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 -

Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Hout Bay Boys are home.

The Hout Bay Boys

The trio of Barry Futter, George Evans and John Croasdale  have arrived at Diemersfontein, just in time for supper! They started in Batch C and finished in 19days 12hours 25min, a great time for these FC rookies. They've ridden together since the start and were all in great spirits when they crossed the line.

Their's was a well thought out and executed ride, without any major setbacks and very little scratching around in the dark - proof that a level headed and steady approach can lead to a successful and enjoyable Freedom Challenge. George commented that at one point he was having so much fun that he felt a bit guilty because he had thought it would be hard all the time.

Along the way they tried to think of a nickname for themselves and eventually came up with 'The Onions - many layers on the outside, a bit smelly inside.'

They rode from dawn most days and usually managed to get in before dark - just in time for supper. Their longest day was in fact their last day where they pushed from Kasra this morning, starting at 01h00, all the way to the finish.

Well done guys, you can be proud of what you've done, hope you have many fond memories whenever you look at those blankets.

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