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  • Boet Werrie June 26Day 16: Trouthaven to Diemersfontein

    Die omswerwings en ervarings van 'n Freedom Challenger Apr 19, 2017 | 11:21 am

    Boet Werrie June 26Day 16: Trouthaven to Diemersfontein All Freedom Challengers have heard the horror stories of Stettynskloof – “the kloof that shall not be named”.  The route to Diemers is only about 50km long, but takes the most part of the day – that is in normal weather.  Generally the plan is to leave very early to do the climb to the dam wall and the first 3 km to the inlet of the dam in the dark (it takes about 2-3hours).  When the other 3 woke us up at 4:30am, it was clear that the storm was still raging outside.  Us 4 that were caught in[…]

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  • Boet Werrie June 25Day 15: Anysberg to Trouthaven

    Die omswerwings en ervarings van 'n Freedom Challenger Apr 19, 2017 | 11:06 am

    Boet Werrie June 25Day 15: Anysberg to Trouthaven This was going to be my toughest day on a bike ever, not that I knew it at the begining.  It’s about 230km to Trouthaven, with over 2,000m ascent.  A long day in normal circumstances, starting it with sleep deprived and tired bodies, it’s going to be even more challenging.  But we were up for it.We started off a bit later than we wanted, due to the self-catering issue.  Luckily the normal early morning banter got us quickly thru to a cold & misty Montagu.  The support station was at a new venue called De Bos where we got breakfast. […]

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  • Boet Werrie June 24Day 14: Prince Albert to Anysberg

    Die omswerwings en ervarings van 'n Freedom Challenger Apr 19, 2017 | 10:41 am

    Boet Werrie June 24Day 14: Prince Albert to Anysberg This is a big day.  Only about 180km, but close to 4,000m ascent.  It also includes the Swartberg Pass, “Die Leer” and the Buffelspoort portage.  After about 4 hours of sleep, we got riding at 2 am.  The full moon was up and Leon had the novel idea that we need to switch all our lights off.  It was surreal.  We rode the full 14km of the Swartberg Pass with only the moon guiding us.  We could see everything!  The water falls, the streams, the mountains, everything.  That experience will stay with me forever.Turning off to “Die Hel”, people generally[…]

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  • Boet WerrieJune 23Day 13Willowmore to Prince Albert

    Die omswerwings en ervarings van 'n Freedom Challenger Apr 19, 2017 | 10:18 am

    Boet WerrieJune 23Day 13Willowmore to Prince Albert As we were having breakfast at 4:30 am, in walked Brad vd Westhuizen.  He broke away from his group, he needed time alone.  That’s the Freedom for you.  Prince Albert is about 170km away and it’s the only stretch in the Freedom that is flat (only 800m of ascent).  As we rode out of Willowmore, Leon, riding at the back, got pulled over by the local police for suspicious behaviour… Brackenfellar!  It was good to know that the police are very diligent in this part of the country.We were making very good time early on and started thinking of maybe[…]

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  • Race to Cradock 2017

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Apr 3, 2017 | 15:23 pm

    Race to Cradock 2017 Waking, it took me a second or two to make sense of my surroundings. Ahead, and at the foot of the mountain pass, the lights of Cradock, my objective, twinkled in the predawn darkness. To my right, on the fringes of the bubble of light cast by my bike light, I could see the rock face of the road cutting flashing by. To my left a chasm of darkness. I applied the brakes and brought my bike to a stop. I was too close to the finish to end my race in a crash on the final descent. I propped my[…]

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  • RTW Race Briefing

    Making Trackz Mar 28, 2017 | 15:36 pm

    RTW Race Briefing It’s Tuesday 28 March 2017. Race to Willowmore (RTW) starts tomorrow! On Monday my nerves were a little bit tense, today it’s settled, I now just want to get riding, even considered calling Meryl to ask if I could maybe … Continue reading →

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  • Chapter3. Welcome Race to Willowmore (RTW)

    Making Trackz Mar 19, 2017 | 15:12 pm

    Chapter3. Welcome Race to Willowmore (RTW) The Freedom Trail is a 2400km trail from Pietermaritzburg to Paarl and was originally raced under the event named the Freedom Challenge. In subsequent years the trail and the races have grown in popularity and the original 2400km race has … Continue reading →

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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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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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