Freedom Challenge Race Rules


The Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa is a non-stop unsupported mountain bike race starting in Pietermaritzburg and ending in Wellington, outside Cape Town. The Freedom Challenge Race to Rhodes is a non-stop, unsupported mountain bike race starting in Pietermaritzburg and ending in Rhodes. The rules set out below apply to both races, unless otherwise stated.




The object of the Freedom Challenge is for participants to complete the route in the shortest possible time under their own power and without the aid of others.

To that end, the rules set out below will govern the Race Across South Africa and Race to Rhodes.

Talking at FEAT
Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:05

"The Freedom Trail offers you an opportunity to engage with South Africa, to engage with the people of South Africa, but more importantly, you get an opportunity  to engage with yourself..." David Waddilove's presentation on the blazing of the Freedom Trail at FEAT 2013 click here

2013 Rider Survey
Saturday, 14 September 2013 19:00

"This is the best event I have done.  Weather might have played a part for the enjoyment of the the ride but route, navigation, camaraderie, and support stations all made it special!  The fact that with Dave you never know if you are on the right track added to the feeling of adventure... Grin to my face!  Please, do not change anything!  I will be back in 2015!"

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The Hella Hella
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 12:04

Finally the weekend ride some of us have been waiting for.  It's hard.  It's "The Hella Hella"

"The Hella Hella", is a crossing over the Umkomaas River that is well-known to participants in the annual Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa and the Ride to Rhodes.  This area also includes the infamous Murray's Meander, which forms part of the annual Sani2C and Jo'burg to Sea. This two day adventure, has been structured in the spirit of the Freedom Challenge, taking riders through truly remote country on cattle tracks and footpaths, bush-cleared for the event.  The riding is testing yet rewarding.  Mist belt mountain biking at its best.

Eric Tollner's Blog
Thursday, 01 August 2013 21:28

Every now and then you stumble upon something new. Something that flicks a switch inside and brings you back to life. Something that snatches you from the daily routines and makes you aware of much more than you would have discovered while staring into your coffee cup at 4am trying to figure out why you can’t sleep and your mind is already churning with the day’s work to-do-list. And my ‘something new’ came unexpectedly in the form of two wheels...

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The Pain Is Soon Forgotten
Sunday, 21 July 2013 11:49

Lucille Davie

Like having babies, you forget the pain, says super athlete Jeannie Dreyer, referring to her astonishing first-place finish in the 2 300km Freedom Challenge mountain bike race. The route starts in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, and ends in Wellington in Western Cape, and takes place at the end of June.

FC Twitter Picture Feed
Friday, 19 July 2013 00:00

View the complete 2013 Freedom Challenge in pictures.

Taken straight off of the @freedom_trail twitter feed.

Click the image below: 

The Battle of Ketoorskop
Sunday, 30 June 2013 09:35

This year's Freedom Challenge will be remembered for the fine weather and distinct lack of clouds - except for the strange little mushroom cloud that popped up over Gamkaskloof and hovered over The Ladder. Read the Rapportryer's blow-by-blow account here

Public access via The Ladder
Friday, 28 June 2013 21:17

On Wednesday the 26th June 2013 two functionaries of the Freedom Challenge, David Waddilove and Johan Rissik, were “arrested” in the Gamkaskloof for attempting to access the historical route known as The Ladder.

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