About The Freedom Challenge
The Freedom Trail was established in 2003 with the aim of opening up a fully serviced mountain bike trail running across the interior of South Africa. The trail that exists today relies on the use of local accommodation and services thus allowing riders to ride between stops without having to carry all their own food, water and overnight gear.The Freedom Trail passes through many wilderness areas, nature reserves, public and private land, showcasing the diverse landscapes, fauna and flora along the way. It traverses some of the more isolated parts of South Africa and offers an insight into the lives of the people who live in these areas.A series of events is hosted annually along the Freedom Trail - collectively, they fall under the banner of the Freedom Challenge:
- The Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa: a non-stop 2300km race along the length of the Freedom Trail.
- The Freedom Challenge Race to Rhodes: a non-stop 500km race along the first 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes)
- The Freedom Challenge Race to Cradock: a non-stop 575km race along the second 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (Rhodes to Cradock)
- The Freedom Challenge Spring Ride to Rhodes: a 500km guided ride with vehicle support, along the first 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes)
This online store sells Freedom Challenge Merchandise