Mike Woolnough won the 2019 Freedom Challenge Race to Rhodes in a time of 56h54m.
RTR is a 475 km, non-stop, self-navigated mountain bike race starting in Pietermaritzburg, KZN and ending in Rhodes, Eastern Cape. Riders are allowed a maximum of 7 days to complete the ride. It is a non-stop event, so riders are not required to stop every day/night as in other stage races. Riders are required to be self-sufficient and carry all their own personal belongings with them.
Mike set off with an ambitious plan of breaking the record and going under 48 hours. He flew through the first day and his plan was on track for the first half of the race but sleep-monsters grabbed hold of him on second night and eventually he decided to rather just enjoy his ride, take in the views and appreciate the beautiful surroundings, not without still posting an incredible time to Rhodes.
In second place was Roger Nicholson, in a time of 63h30min, riding a single speed! Roger rode his own race and was steady and consistent throughout.
3rd Spot went to Carlo Gonzaga in time of 75h33m. What makes this effort particularly impressive is that it was Gonzo's first Freedom Challenge event and he came close to breaking 3 days to Rhodes, which is almost unheard of amongst FC rookies.