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  • Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 3 - A bit of this and that)

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Feb 25, 2017 | 10:59 am

    Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 3 - A bit of this and that) There are any number of reasons why you are reading this post. Maybe you are bored and it's a great time filler, or perhaps you just like reading my musings. It could even be because you are interested in my understanding of what it takes to compete in endurance events. Whatever the reason, welcome. Endurance racing adaption is poorly understood with little research to back it up. Try googling endurance racing tips and apart from some reasonable advice on Double Century and 24 hour racing (entry level endurance events) you are unlikely to find anything other than a few offering "the[…]

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  • WITH A BIKE....

    AFRIVENCE Feb 20, 2017 | 10:42 am

    WITH A BIKE.... February is past the half way mark and the year tapping along.My antics over the past month and a half have been, quite frankly, traditional. Work, bike riding, home and one or two minor travel moments etc. After embarking on what I term my 40 day cycle "base train system" which started on the 1st January and ended 40 days later, had been very different to past 40 day programs completed.After a term off the bike, It was time for me to start getting back into shape. I had piled on the weight after Freedom Challenge race across South Africa[…]

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  • Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 2 - Physical Training)

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Feb 13, 2017 | 08:29 am

    Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 2 - Physical Training) Now that you've landed on this page we need to get a few things clear. If you are a proper athlete then there is nothing of value to be found in these pages. This blog is intended for people like me - ordinary amateur cyclists who face the challenge of trying to shoehorn training into the regular clutter of life with a view to achieving better than ordinary results. And let's face it, if you can finish The Munga you are certainly well above average.As discussed in the previous post I assume you know how to ride and have a[…]

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  • Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 1)

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Feb 5, 2017 | 15:56 pm

    Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 1) A few days ago I received the following message - "Please would you consider posting about how you prepare for something like the Munga? And about what the day or two after look like for you." Interesting...there is a big difference between "how YOU prepare" (as in me) and "how TO prepare" (normal folk) ... this might end up a case of, do as I say and not as I do. Let's start with the second part.Post-Race Recovery.After I get off my bike at the finish line I stay away from my bike for at least a week. Mostly because[…]

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  • In memory of Andrew Bradford

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Jan 29, 2017 | 13:30 pm

    In memory of Andrew Bradford Thursday I woke to the news that a cyclist out with friends for an early morning ride had become the latest victim of a hit and run incident. The news updates that unfolded during the day prepared us for the worst. Friday morning the news was bleak, he hadn't made it through the night.Tragedies like this sadden us. Those of us who ride are shaken to the core. But this was worse as it was close to home. Not only was it just up the road, but I know most of the guys riding in that group including the victim.The[…]

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  • MOMENTS

    AFRIVENCE Jan 19, 2017 | 16:31 pm

    MOMENTS 2017 is here!A whole new year with twelve months of adventures to get stuck into, if you wish!I am not one for making New Year resolutions but rather choose to construct the year with a vision and some goals on what I would like to achieve. At the end of it, it is merely a case of sitting down after it all and comparing notes to see what has been achieved. Life is not about 'things but rather about 'moments. Well! That is how I see to it.“Things" just give you temporary pleasure whilst “moments" give you the pleasure of[…]

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  • Racing The Munga 2016 - All Done

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Jan 15, 2017 | 19:14 pm

    Racing The Munga 2016 - All Done Once I had made sure I was good for 3rd place I had dropped out of race mode. In doing so I had also lost my race routine. My usual morning routine includes switching my dynohub charger over from running my light to charging a power bank. When hooking up the flat power bank that had been powering my GPS through the night I would connect a fresh power bank to the GPS to keep it going through the day. Having forgotten to switch the batteries I was now sitting on the wrong side of Wellington with no idea of[…]

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  • Racing The Munga 2016 - Bush Pubs, Rock People and Cowboys on Camels.

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Jan 15, 2017 | 15:42 pm

    Racing The Munga 2016 - Bush Pubs, Rock People and Cowboys on Camels. I had 72 km to get to the finish at Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington. Apart from a few kilometres of gravel out of Esselfontein the rest of the route was on tar.The first challenge was to survive the mayhem of Saturday morning traffic in Ceres. After the freedom of scribbling all over wide gravel roads for 1000 km I had to concentrate on keeping to the frayed edge of the road.Not too soon I was climbing out of town and the traffic thinned out. Up ahead I could see another mountain biker out on his morning ride. At that[…]

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  • Racing The Munga 2016 - Last Race Village.

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Jan 15, 2017 | 13:55 pm

    Racing The Munga 2016 - Last Race Village. The route threaded between the vines of the farm Uitkoms before heading up the Bo-Swaarmoed Pass. It's only 3 km long and although not too challenging I walked the last kilometre. I could have ridden it but I wasn't in a hurry and it would have be a proper grind as the gearing on my bike 1x11 setup was more suited to the flat and fast sections of the Karoo.Topping out I got back on my bike and made the best of a good tar road section before picking my way through the vineyards and grasslands to the last Race[…]

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  • Racing The Munga 2016 - Leaving the Desert Behind

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Jan 15, 2017 | 09:20 am

    Racing The Munga 2016 - Leaving the Desert Behind As a rule, the Karoo doesn't let go without a fight. To escape its clutches I needed to get to the Karoopoort Pass 40 km from the Padstal. This year I was lucky - the road surface had been recently upgraded and was in perfect condition, there was no headwind, and the sun wasn't up yet which meant it was still cool.I tucked up tight on the aero bars and treated the 40 km as a time trial. I escaped lightly. Later that day the temperature soared and together with a nasty headwind made the going very difficult for those[…]

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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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