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

Glenn's Previous Freedom Challenge Highlights

Single Speed Record - Set in 2011 - 13 Days, 10 Hours and 50 Minutes

Tandem Record (With Mike Woolnough) - Set in 2009   - 20 Days, 14 Hours

Glenn was also awarded the "Stone Saddle" in 2011, a floating trophy presented to one rider each year. In this case it was for his single speed feats, but perhaps more importantly because he is the "Gentleman of the Trail". The trophy is a mounted piece of rock shaped like a bike saddle, found by Johann Rissik, probably the race's greatest fan. near Prince Albert.



Glenn's 2011 race blogsite makes for some good reading. see http://letsmakeitsnappy.blogspot.com/

The longest riding day was Day 10: Hadley to Willowmore, a day of 23 hours in the saddle covering 225km

The shortest day was Day 14, the final day, which is largely a portage up Stettynskloof, over and down to Diemersfontein, covering about 50km and taking 8 hours.


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