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  • Durban Dash – Riding into the Sunset

    Adventures of an Ordinary Cyclist Apr 30, 2017 | 20:55 pm

    Durban Dash – Riding into the Sunset Photograph: Jacques Swart I like the idea of riding across large chunks of our country. It's cool when you can push pins into a map and join them with cotton thread to show where you rode. The Knysna to Cape Town versions of the Cape Epic pinned up on the map looked just that — Epic! The new format clover leaf patterns are dead boring. It was the idea of traveling from Knysna to Cape Town on my bike that first piqued my interest in the Epic. It was more than a race, it was an adventure, it was a journey[…]

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  • POWER OF THE MIND

    AFRIVENCE Apr 29, 2017 | 20:48 pm

    POWER OF THE MIND ...I have yet to determine why I decided to return to do this crazy race! My race going so well was starting to unravel. Feeling emotional and close to man tears sitting in the shade of a low karoo bush halfway up a madman's climb, a place called Rooiberg, I had around 260km and roughly a solid 16 hours plus in my legs but right then the heat was threatening to burn a hole in my soul, to leave an ever lasting ugly scar to remind me I might not have been tough enough on the day... (With temperatures that would later[…]

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  • THE VOID OF A MONTH

    AFRIVENCE Apr 28, 2017 | 17:34 pm

    The end of February 2017 came and went as well as the month of March. The weeks rolled by with the norm of ongoing riding (training), photo grabbing and sometimes new photo subjects looked upon.A two week stint of uncontrollable tummy problems that had me flat on my back for longer than I would have liked and visits to the bathroom on average three times an hour at one stage, wasn't something I would have wished on my worst.Other than that, the month and a bit since my last post was a void. A month with nothing but the norm and getting[…]

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  • 36One Race Report

    Making Trackz Apr 25, 2017 | 18:00 pm

    36One Race Report I flew into George the morning of the start. I arrived at 10h00, the race started at 18h00. It worked out well. I had enough time to do registration, put my needed items into the 3 check point boxes, have … Continue reading →

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  • An unexpected 36One

    Making Trackz Apr 20, 2017 | 17:00 pm

    An unexpected 36One Two weeks before 36One I told 3 people that the 361km/5100m ascent race just isn’t my kind of thing and I meant what I had said. It had after all only been a week since I had completed Race to … Continue reading →

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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 Willowmore Day 4

    Making Trackz Apr 5, 2017 | 10:00 am

    Race to Willowmore Day 4 Damsedrif – Willowmore 88km / 1170m ascent / 5 hours My SMS to Meryl at the Race Office says “Carl in damse 20h50, out 4h00”. My plan to sleep till 5h00 took a turn for the worse when the wooden … Continue reading →

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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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