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 -

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Daily Report - 6th July

Only one group of riders remains out on the route - Leon, Andries, Chris and Julia have been riding together at the back of the field since Willowmore and tomorrow the four of them will take on the final stage, starting at Trouthaven and making their way up the infamous Stettynskloof portage. It's not a long stage, barely 50km in total but will still take most of the day to complete, with the bulk of it spent carrying bikes up the kloof (4-7hours). After that it's about a three hour ride to the finish and then its all over...

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