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About The Freedom Challenge

The Freedom Trail was established in 2003 with the aim of opening up a fully serviced mountain bike trail running across the interior of South Africa. The trail that exists today relies on the use of local accommodation and services thus allowing riders to ride between stops without having to carry all their own food, water and overnight gear.
The Freedom Trail passes through many wilderness areas, nature reserves, public and private land, showcasing the diverse landscapes, fauna and flora along the way. It traverses some of the more isolated parts of South Africa and offers an insight into the lives of the people who live in these areas.
A series of events is hosted annually along the Freedom Trail - collectively, they fall under the banner of the Freedom Challenge:

  • The Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa: a non-stop 2300km race along the length of the Freedom Trail.
  • The Freedom Challenge Race to Rhodes: a non-stop 500km race along the first 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes)
  • The Freedom Challenge Race to Cradock: a non-stop 575km race along the second 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (Rhodes to Cradock)
  • The Freedom Challenge Spring Ride to Rhodes: a 500km guided ride with vehicle support, along the first 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes)

CURRENT FREEDOM CHALLENGE EVENTS

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RACE TO CRADOCK

The Race to Cradock takes place in March each year. It is a 575 km, non-stop, self-navigated mountain bike race starting in Rhodes and ending in Cradock, Eastern Cape. Riders are allowed a maximum of 6 days to complete the ride.

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RACE TO RHODES

The Race to Rhodes takes place in June each year. It is a 500 km, non-stop, self-navigated mountain bike race starting in Pietermaritzburg, KZN and ending in Rhodes, Eastern Cape. Riders are allowed a maximum of 8 days to complete the ride.

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RACE ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA

The Race Across South Africa takes place in June/July each year. It is a 2300 km, non-stop, self-navigated mountain bike race starting in Pietermaritzburg KZN and ending in Wellington near Cape Town. Riders are allowed a maximum of 26 days to complete the ride.

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SPRING RIDE TO RHODES

The Spring Ride to Rhodes takes place in September each year. It is a 6-day, 500 km, guided mountain bike ride, with fully catered overnight accommodation and vehicle support along the route.

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Current record holders

MEN'S RECORD
MARTIN DREYER
2012
10d16h40m

WOMEN'S RECORD
JEANNIE BOMFORD DREYER
2013
12d05h55m

SINGLE SPEED RECORD
GLENN HARRISON
2011
13d10h40m

freedom challenge supporters

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races presented

10

since 2003

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Total Finishers

245

since 2003

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blankets awarded

199

since 2003

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average race time

324

hours

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TELEPHONE - +27 (0) 83 658 8440
ADDRESS - 7 Wigtown Road, Greenpoint, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
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