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  • The HeidelBay 545 - Part 1

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Jan 26, 2020 | 15:35 pm

    The HeidelBay 545 - Part 1 The Wimpy Mega Cappuccino goes down a lot easier than the Streaky breakfast. The foods not bad but I'm struggling to get it down. We've been on the go for 28 hours and the combined effects of exhaustion, sleep deprivation and heat have suppressed my appetite. The ebb and flow of life play out on the streets of Ulundi. It's Saturday morning and the narrow pavement on the other side of the window is pulsing with life. We've only got 113km left to do of our 545km quest to ride non-stop from  Heidelberg in Gauteng to Richards Bay in Kwazulu-Natal. The route[…]

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  • Munga 2019 Final Wrap - Gun Fights and Bar Brawls

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Jan 12, 2020 | 14:58 pm

    Munga 2019 Final Wrap - Gun Fights and Bar Brawls As much as I think age is just a number the reality is that when you are standing neck deep in torn off calendar pages you are faced with the realisation that you can't ride away from that number. It goes without saying that a thirty something year old has a massive physical advantage over someone like myself who is almost sixty. Therein lies the beauty of ultra endurance cycling — it's not all about brawn. I like to think that as your body yields to the ageing process there is a inversely proportional increase in savviness. I appreciate that[…]

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  • Munga 2019 - Part 17 - Ceres to Doolhof

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Jan 5, 2020 | 10:03 am

    Munga 2019 - Part 17 - Ceres to Doolhof I arrive at the Ceres Race Village to a cheery welcome. While I'm filling in the register I'm asked what I would like to eat. I ask what's available. A list of options is run off. "That sounds perfect," I reply. "All of it?" "If that's okay?" "Sure thing." He hurries off to whip up an express custom breakfast. I think I just made his day. The next inquiry is about what I'd like to drink. "Tea, coffee and Coke will be perfect, thanks." This time there's no query about my broad selection. By the time I've filled my bottles[…]

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  • Munga 2019 - Part 16- Tankwa Padstal to Ceres

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Jan 4, 2020 | 16:17 pm

    Munga 2019 - Part 16- Tankwa Padstal to Ceres Last year the Tankwa Padstal was where my race ended. This time I'm merely passing through. Another 141 km and I'll be done. I'm in a good space. Physical exhaustion and dilatory thinking and actions brought about by endless hours of pedalling and sleep deprivation become the norm so are ignored as meaningless indicators of how I feel. Even hallucinations can be accommodated without too much concern. Physical pain however, be it saddle sores, ITB or Achilles tenderness, or any pain that would be exacerbated by continued cycling would concern me. As it is I've no red flags. Michael and[…]

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  • Munga 2019 - Part 15 - Tankwa River Lodge to the Tankwa Padstal.

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Dec 31, 2019 | 15:38 pm

    Munga 2019 - Part 15 - Tankwa River Lodge to the Tankwa Padstal. Tankwa River Lodge is tucked away in the nicest part of the Tankwa Karoo. There are other parts that are overtly hostile. I'll be visiting those parts shortly. But before I do I get to enjoy the hospitality of WP9. It's a gorgeous evening with a slight breeze that looks like it might assist me in getting to the next water point. If it turns out to be of no help that's okay because at the very least it seems unlikely to be a hinderance. The ambience is relaxed, mostly because there is no electricity, and I'm efficiently assisted in filling[…]

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  • Munga 2019 - Part 14 - Sutherland to Tankwa River Lodge

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Dec 29, 2019 | 20:25 pm

    Munga 2019 - Part 14 - Sutherland to Tankwa River Lodge I always associate Sutherland with Sarah Atmore who has been the Race Village lead every year. When I arrive I know I'm not going to see her this year because I saw her back in Bloemfontein. This year she's on her bike making her way to the finish via Sutherland. In her place we have Evan and Albert who have maintained the congenial atmosphere I've become accustomed to. The plan is to get into a bed and bank 90 minutes sleep. I have a cup of tea and then head to a room. I'll eat later. The less stimulation I have[…]

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  • Munga 2019 - Part 13 - Celeryfontein to Sutherland

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Dec 28, 2019 | 18:45 pm

    Munga 2019 - Part 13 - Celeryfontein to Sutherland Standing in the shade at Celeryfontein I map out my next objective. The ride to Sutherland is 63 km's. To give that context I equate it to my typical Saturday morning ride. There are a couple of good climbs with a challenging climb up to the entrance of SALT — Southern African Large Telescope. After that it's a long fast descent into Sutherland on a good tar road so I mentally subtract those 14 km because they are free. So I'm looking at an effort just shy of 50 km. That's doable. Cue Robert Burns, "The best-laid plans of mice[…]

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  • Munga 2019 - Part 12 - Fraserburg to Celeryfontein

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Dec 26, 2019 | 14:18 pm

    Munga 2019 - Part 12 - Fraserburg to Celeryfontein Leaving JJ's Cafe I get to a T-junction and turn right. If I follow this district road for 95km's I'll get to the next Race Village in Sutherland. It could be that simple. Except we just rode 95km's down the road from Loxton to Fraserburg and doing two uninspiring 95km stretches back to back would be unthinkable so the race organisers have thrown in a treat. 12 km's out of town I veer off left and for the next 32km's I weave through farms. Sometimes on good farm road but more often on jeep track with intermittent corrugations and sandy[…]

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  • Munga 2019 - Part 11 - Saaifontein to Fraserburg

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Dec 25, 2019 | 11:00 am

    Munga 2019 - Part 11 - Saaifontein to Fraserburg I'm getting ready to leave and another cyclist arrives which catches me off guard as I didn't think anyone was that close behind me. It's Martin. Either he didn't sleep at Pampoenpoort or he's been riding a heck of a lot faster than I have. Probably both. I make my way through the farm and see the new container accommodation that's been built at Saaifontein. Its impressive. Right now it's in darkness as no one has yet made use of the facility. I'm sure it's going to be put to good use over the next few days. I'm back on[…]

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  • Munga 2019 - Part 10 - Loxton to Saaifontein

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Dec 24, 2019 | 11:29 am

    Munga 2019 - Part 10 - Loxton to Saaifontein After signing the register I go to another table to fill my bottles. There's the usual lemon flavoured mix and I taste it to see how much fixing it needs. To my surprise it's perfect. "Wow, you guys are the first to get this right. All the other places have it far too weak." "It's Lemos, like Oros but lemon flavoured," comes the reply. It's the first time I've heard of Lemos and I'm an instant fan. Who knows, maybe it's not actually that good but it's a lot better than what I have been getting. Although the Oros at[…]

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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

 

Touring

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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