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  • Race Report. Cullinan 2 Tonteldoos 2019

    Making Trackz Apr 29, 2019 | 05:47 am

    Background. In August 2014 a couple of us rode our bikes from Pretoria East to Dullstroom to see if we could cycle 300km off-road on a mountain bike, our biggest ever ride at that time. Unknown to us, a few … Continue reading →

  • Stoffel

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Mar 15, 2019 | 11:07 am

    Stoffel Having traversed the Karoo many times on both the Freedom Trail and The Munga I have seen countless wind driven water pumps - windmills. When it's hot and you are thirsty they become more than an interesting feature. I have often stopped at windmills to fill my bottles and quench my thirst and at times I've taken a cooling dip in the adjacent reservoirs.Apart from riding my bike I dabble a bit in creative writing. When faced with the task of writing a short story on water my thoughts went immediately to the Karoo and these amazing machines. The following[…]


    AFRIVENCE Feb 14, 2019 | 09:29 am

    LIVE ONCE! 44 Days into 2019 and a revival post is required!I have been putting off writing for a while and would be lying if I hadn't been thinking about getting things going. Yes, its true that time waits for no one and we only live once, not just die once!I never sort of got off the ground in 2018 with my writing but rather took time out in most things. I had to! I needed to!2018 had been a year of much soul searching, changes, fatigue, some challenges and gaining perspective. I needed the time and even so took six months[…]

  • The Munga 2018 - The race that’s almost great.

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Dec 6, 2018 | 15:34 pm

    I've promoted The Munga since competing in the inaugural race in 2015 and I still believe that it's a race that's worth doing if you want to expand your riding boundaries. It's a hard race that rewards you with a deep sense of achievement. I didn't finish this year, pulling up short 140km shy of the finish but it was the best and most rewarding of the four Munga races that I've entered. It was tough but tough is what we came to do battle with. It is a race that should be on everyone's bucket list. I had fun mixing it[…]

  • Kamonande – Weekend Observations(24/25 November 2018)

    Making Trackz Nov 27, 2018 | 05:01 am

    1. Basboontjie (Elephantorrhiza Burkei) flowers have turned into very noticable bright green pods. 2. Stamvrugte have fruit now. They are a bit scarce but are there. Skin a bit bitter with sweeter flesh inside. Baboons love them, suck them off … Continue reading →

  • Munga 2018 - The Art of Tapering.

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Nov 23, 2018 | 15:12 pm

    Munga 2018 - The Art of Tapering. During the course of the day with banter flowing between riders doing the Munga next week I have come to realise that many people don't understand what constitutes an effective pre-race taper. Tapering is the period leading up to a race when you back off from a hard training regime so as to rest out the fatigue of training while maintaining fitness and race condition. It's not something I have mastered but I'm getting better at it. It's more art than science as we all respond differently to exercise and rest. Even so, there are good guidelines that can be followed[…]

  • Munga 2018 - Beyond the How

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Nov 21, 2018 | 15:42 pm

    This time next week I'll be on my bike inching my way across the Karoo. I'm looking forward to it.I've spent the last few years writing this blog to help people get a handle on what it takes to race endurance events. The feedback from riders has been positive.However, there are some, including people in my own riding circle who question the wisdom of me giving away all "my secrets". Firstly, they are not my secrets, they are a composite of what I have observed in other people with a dash of my own experiences.At 58 I'm fortunate that I[…]

  • Munga 2018 - Chasing Ghosts and the Virtue of Cowardice

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Nov 16, 2018 | 15:23 pm

    Munga 2018 - Chasing Ghosts and the Virtue of Cowardice Ghost RiderOne of the benefits of being a competent cyclist who falls short of being awesome is that you get to race someone you know you can beat—yourself. Once the race has started and the initial mania has settled down and I'm riding at a pace that I'm comfortable with there are only 2 riders that I am concerned about—me and me from last year. There is nothing to be gained about worrying where Marco, Guy, Benky, Leon, Ramses or anyone else is for that matter. The fact is they are far better cyclists than I am. I've trained hard for this[…]

  • Munga 2018 - The Art of Power Napping.

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Nov 14, 2018 | 18:29 pm

    Power nap techniques were touched on by Carlo in his guest posts but are worth revisiting to examine the pre-programming involved. Right up front I must explain that power naps are more art than science—there is no one-size-fits-all magic formula. Power naps are a critical component of successful endurance racing. To be honest, until recently, I've had more misses than hits in trying to figure out how to leverage maximum benefit. A big shout out goes to Tim James who apart from helping me figure out how to use power naps effectively has also been my inspiration for pushing my boundaries in endurance[…]

  • Munga 2018 - Develop Good Race Habits

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Nov 13, 2018 | 17:18 pm

    Munga 2018 - Develop Good Race Habits At this stage, with 2 weeks left before the start of Munga 2018, your training over the last few months will determine how well you do during the race. There's not a lot you can do now that will improve your speed or endurance. During your taper you are unlikely to effect changes that will make you ride faster or further but there are things you can do to avoid race day stumbles that make you slower and shorter. Before I go any further I want to reiterate that there are only 2 weeks left. 2 weeks is how long it[…]


Freedom Challenge Blogs

2016 Freedom Challengers

Bruce Hughes - East of Adventure

2015 Freedom Challengers

Lee Fuller - Adventure Guaranteed

Clint le Roux - Afrivence

Carl Scholtz - Making Trackz

Mike Woolnough - Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist

Marnitz Nienaber - Omswervings en Ervarings van 'n Freedom Challenger

Lee Fuller - You can take your Freedom


2014 Freedom Challengers

Chris and Julia Fisher - The soul of mountain biking

Philip Erasmus - One Giant Challenge

Marnitz Nienaber - A Freedom Experience

2013 Freedom Challengers

Glenn Harrison - Life by bike

Doug Kennaugh - Freedom 4 Unity

2012 Freedom Challengers

Charles Mansfield - The Rhino Challenge

Gerrit Pretorius - Nog Steeds Flippin Mal

Gerda Milford - Spinning at Bullamakanka

Andy masters - Two Farts Two Bikes

Mike Woolnough - Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist

Casper Venter - Freedom Challenge 2012

August Carstens - Boskind Rides Kili to RASA

Jaco Strydom - Beit2Cape


2011 Freedom Challengers

Mike Woolnough - Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist

Glenn Harrison - Let's make it snappy

Anton Mayberry - Riding for Five

Philip Erasmus - One Giant Challenge

Marnitz Nienaber - Omswervings en Ervarings van 'n Freedom Challenger

Andy Masters  - Two farts two bikes

Team FNB - Off The Trail



Jaco Strydom - When the remote mountains call

Team Counterbalance riding the Freedom Trail on unicycles - Freedom Revolution Tour

Steve Thomas and Dave Bristow open up the People's Trail - Spine of the Dragon

Alex Butcher - Cape to Malawi on the Freedom Trail


2010 Freedom Challengers

Glenn Harrison riding a Giant 29er single speed - One Giant Ride

Boskind's - Hikeabike

Gerda Gruner - Spinning at Bullamakanka


2009 Freedom Challengers

Mike Woolnough - Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist

Fiona Coward - Dash for Freedom

Derek Hall-Jones - Blanket Wearer: Freedom Challenger number 76

Doug Kennaugh - Freedom Challenge 2009

Carine Reynecke - Entranced



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