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  • What will it take to win Race to Cradock 2017?

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Mar 13, 2017 | 11:20 am

    What will it take to win Race to Cradock 2017? The Race to Cradock is a 575 km, non-stop, self-navigated mountain bike race starting in Rhodes and ending in Cradock, Eastern Cape. Riders are allowed a maximum of 6 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. There are a couple of people who could take line honours this year. My top picks start on the last two start days of the race - 21st and 22nd March. That's[…]

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  • Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 7 It's a Wrap)

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Mar 10, 2017 | 16:32 pm

    Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 7 It's a Wrap) 'When' not 'If'.If you are familiar with the name Norman Vincent Peale the chances are that you are at least 50 years old. If the name rings no bells you might recognise the title of his seminal book - "The Power of Positive Thinking." Crudely speaking it is about autosuggestion    and the benefits of a positive outlook. The important aspect for us is understanding the influence of thought over performance. Too often failure is foreshadowed by negative thinking. I guess we have all seen it happen in a race and we can easily pick out the riders who will[…]

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  • Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 6 Last But One)

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Mar 9, 2017 | 12:44 pm

    Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 6 Last But One) Learn to live with compromises. It's a simple issue but one that some people struggle with. If your bike shares a bed with you and your partner sleeps in the garage then you are probably one of those people who get edgy every time your bike creaks or the brakes squeal. Get over it. When you are in the middle of the Karoo and you break a spoke, or heaven forbid a fingernail, no one else cares. Least of all the sheep. I've seen people break a derailleur and convert to single-speed. I've seen them riding with pringled wheels and even[…]

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  • Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 5 More blah blah blah)

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Mar 7, 2017 | 21:36 pm

    Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 5 More blah blah blah) Ditch Tonto. Get used to riding on your own. Even if you are planning on riding with someone during the race, get used to riding in your own space. If you need safety in numbers find some riding partners that don't suffer from separation anxiety and ride near each other without the need to be in constant contact. Endurance events are solo events and the chances are that you will spend most of the ride on your own. Even if you plan to ride with someone there are going to be times when you become separated. In fact, you will probably[…]

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  • THE FOUR DAY TOUR

    AFRIVENCE Feb 28, 2017 | 07:41 am

    THE FOUR DAY TOUR The four day tour – 21 February to 24 FebruaryI decided I needed some time out and what better way to do it than to mount a mountain bike and a backpack and ride across the countryside from one destination to another....From up country Queenstown to the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.Here is an brief account as recorded in my log diary.Day 1 What a fabulous morning of riding & arrival at my overnight stop early afternoon. It is no secret. It is not all downhill to the coast so I found out today! Some hilly terrain to[…]

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  • Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 4 - More of this and that)

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Feb 26, 2017 | 13:54 pm

    Racing The Munga - How to Prepare (Part 4 - More of this and that) I would like to disclose that I do not get to ride The Munga for free. I pay my way like regular folk. While on the subject of disclosures I should mention that neither I nor my immediate family work for or have shares in Tiger Brands the makers of Oros Orange Squash... my race bottle juice of choice - the race supplement of champions :-)Back to the real stuff...Rope in some Race Snakes. I have some riding buddies who are real powerhouses but are not endurance athletes. I like to organise occasional rides with them so that I get a[…]

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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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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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