The Freedom Challenge races are non-stop, unsupported mountain bike races along the entire Freedom Trail or sections thereof. The Freedom Trail runs from Pietermaritzburg to Paarl.
- Race Across South Africa (RASA) Pietermaritzburg to Diemersfontein Wine Estate, Wellington
- Race to Rhodes (RTR) Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes
- Race to Cradock (RTC) Rhodes to Cradock
- Race to Willowmore (RTW) Cradock to Willowmore
- Race to Paarl (RTP) Willowmore to Paarl
The rules set out below apply at all times to all riders in all events, unless otherwise stated.
The Race Goal
The object of the Freedom Challenge events is for participants to complete the prescribed route in the shortest possible time under their own power and without the aid of others. To that end, the rules set out below will govern the Race Across South Africa, the Race to Rhodes, the Race to Cradock and the Race to Willowmore (referred to as “the race”).
THE 'GOLDEN RULES'
The Golden Rules are a distillation of the General Race Rules which are set out in more detail below. Disregard of the rules, whether deliberate or unintentional, will result in time penalties, censure and/or disqualification.
Golden Rule 1
No motorized transport
After the commencement of the race, challengers may not be transported at any time by motorized means. Any rider taking a lift forward, backward or off the trail with a vehicle will be automatically disqualified. Any Challenger automatically disqualified for taking a lift with a vehicle during the race may launch an appeal. Appeals relating to automatic disqualification as a result of taking a lift must be made to the Race Director at the next support station and will be dealt with within twenty-four hours of filing the appeal.
Golden Rule 2
Carry your own kit
After the commencement of the race, personal gear, equipment and supplies of a Challenger may not be transported along the trail by mechanized means without the consent of the Race Organizer. All equipment left behind at support stations will be forfeited by Challengers. If a Challenger does not want to forfeit the equipment or personal gear, they must carry it with them to the finish.
Golden Rule 3
No outside support
Challengers may not receive personal support or outside assistance at any stage during the race. This includes visits by family, friends or supporters anywhere along the route or receiving any sort of gear, equipment, food or spares . If any emergency assistance is required by a Challenger, it must be arranged with the Race Director or sought from fellow Challengers.
Golden Rule 4
Accommodation / Communication
A Challenger may not make demands for food and shelter along the route. Part of the goal of the Freedom Challenge is that Challengers should be unsupported and should not receive outside assistance other than that provided for by the Race Organizer. This assistance will be provided at the various official support stations along the route, as well as at certain designated emergency stops. A Challenger will need to notify the race office at least 6 hours in advance if they intend to make use of an emergency stop. In the event of a Challenger encountering difficulties or an emergency situation out on the trail, a challenger will be permitted to use other un-official accommodation on ONLY one occasion during the race. A challenger using such unauthorised accommodation MUST pay the accommodation provider before leaving the minimum amount set by the Race Organizer.
Golden Rule 5
During the race, challengers are restricted to the use of traditional forms of navigation. This includes the use of the official race narratives and race maps, a magnetic compass and any device which measures time, distance and speed without the use of GPS technology (i.e. a simple bike computer). Devices with any GPS functionality what-so-ever are prohibited. This excludes the GPS tracking device supplied by the Race Organizer. All competitors must carry a cell phone and smart phones are allowed and encouraged (for photo sharing and social media reach purposes) but challengers must deactivate location services (GPS functionality) on their smartphone for duration of event. The RASA racing batch may not use smartphones. They will be issued simple (non-data) phones or they may use their own subject to race organiser's approval.
Golden Rule 6
All Challengers are expected to act in a sportsmanlike manner and conduct themselves in a civil manner throughout the race. Abusive behaviour toward fellow riders, support station hosts or any other people encountered along the route will not be tolerated and will result in time penalties. Any complaints received from support station hosts will be investigated and could result in disqualification.
Golden Rule 7
Use of illegal drugs as defined by law, excessive use of alcohol and the use of any banned performance enhancing substances (WADA Prohibited List 2017) during the race is prohibited. The Race Organizer has the right to conduct random drug testing. A Challenger is subject to collection of urine samples at any point from the start until one (1) hour after the finish. No hypodermic needles are permitted on the Freedom Trail.
Golden Rule 8
Challengers accept that during any Freedom Challenge event, the making of open fires is prohibited anywhere along the route – doing so will result in immediate disqualification and Challengers will be held liable for any damages that may occur from the spread of such a fire.
FREEDOM CHALLENGE GENERAL RULES.
The following general rules set out in detail the requirements necessary for participating in the Freedom Challenge events.
1.1. The Race Across South Africa shall have no stages. The race starts in Pietermaritzburg in mid-June. It is a non-stop race along the Freedom Trail to finish on the Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington outside Cape Town.
1.2. The Race to Rhodes shall have no stages. The race starts in Pietermaritzburg in late March. It is a non-stop race along the Freedom Trail to finish in Rhodes in the Eastern Cape.
1.3 The Race to Cradock shall have no stages. The race starts in Rhodes in March. It is a non-stop race along the Freedom Trail to finish in Cradock.
1.4 The Race to Willowmore shall have no stages. The race starts in Cradock in late March. It is a non-stop race along the Freedom Trail to finish in Willowmore.
1.5 The Race to Paarl shall have no stages. The race starts in Willowmore in April. It is a non-stop race along the Freedom Trail to finish in Wellington.
2. The Participants
2.1. The Freedom Challenge events shall be an open race for Challengers meeting the entry qualifications as set forth by the organizers.
2.2. The number of entries is limited and is made up of persons doing either the Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa, the Race to Rhodes, the Race to Cradock or the Race to Willowmore.
3. Determination of the winner
The object of the Freedom Challenge is to determine which Challenger can cover the race route in the shortest time.
4.1. The rewards for completing the Freedom Challenge are entirely personal.
4.2. At present there are no financial rewards for the winner or any Challengers completing the Freedom Challenge.
4.3. All challengers successfully completing the Race Across South Africa will receive a Freedom Challenge blanket and be admitted to the Illustrious Clan of Blanket Wearers.
4.4. All challengers successfully completing the Race to Rhodes will receive a hand-crafted Basotho cattle whip and be admitted to the illustrious Clan of Whip Bearers.
4.5 All challengers successfully completing the Race to Cradock will receive a handcrafted personalized wire windmill.
4.6 All challengers successfully completing the Race to Willowmore will receive a handcrafted personalized wire trophy.
4.7 All challengers successfully completing the Race to Willowmore will receive a handcrafted personalized trophy.
5. Challenge Start Function
5.1. Unless prior arrangement is made with the Race Director, all Challengers must be present for the full duration of the Challengers’ supper and pre-race briefing to be held on the evening prior to commencement of their start batch.
6. Race start
6.1. The official starting date and time for the Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa will be in Pietermaritzburg at 06h00 with the departure of the first batch. Subsequent batches will start at 6h00 on their morning of departure.
6.1.1. From the start Challengers are required to ride as a peleton until they enter the Bisley Nature Reserve - unless directed to do otherwise by the Race Director.
6.2 The official starting date and time for the Freedom Challenge Race to Rhodes will be in Pietermaritzburg at 06h00 with the departure of the first batch. Subsequent batches will start at 6h00 on their morning of departure.
6.2.1. From the start Challengers are required to ride as a peleton until they enter the Bisley Nature Reserve - unless directed to do otherwise by the Race Director.
6.3 The official starting date and time for the Freedom Challenge Race to Cradock will be in Rhodes at 05h00 with the departure of the first batch. Subsequent batches will start at 05h00 on their morning of departure.
6.4 The official starting date and time for the Freedom Challenge Race to Willowmore will be in Cradock at 06h00 with the departure of the first batch. Subsequent batches will start at 6h00 on their morning of departure.
7. Race Finish
7.1 The official finish line for the Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa will be at Diemersfontein Wine Estate as determined by the Race Director.
7.2 The official finish line for the Freedom Challenge Race to Rhodes will be in Rhodes as determined by the Race Director.
7.3 The official finish line for the Freedom Challenge Race to Cradock will be in Cradock as determined by the Race Director.
7.4 The official finish line for the Freedom Challenge Race to Willowmore will be in Willowmore as determined by the Race Director.
7.4 The official finish line for the Freedom Challenge Race to Paarl will be in Wellington as determined by the Race Director.
8. Race route
8.1. The Freedom Challenge follows the route of the Freedom Trail – the route is subject to seasonal changes. Challengers will be given the latest maps in electronic format and will be required to follow the intended route indicated on those maps. Challengers will be notified at their race briefing of any late route changes.
9.1. Challengers shall only use accommodation at support stations and other officially authorized interim and emergency stops. (NB Exception 9.9 below)
9.2. The Race Organizer will endeavour to ensure that adequate meals and sleeping facilities are available at every support station.
9.3. Support stations will offer meals, bathing facilities and a bed, with bedding. Some may offer a laundry service or laundry facilities. Challengers will pay the prescribed laundry fee to the host in advance if laundry is to be done. (2019 rate is R70 per rider)
9.4 Challengers shall not make demands for extra services.
9.5. Challengers should note that although some accommodation at support stations is very comfortable, other accommodation may be very rudimentary being located in areas without running water or electricity.
9.6. Sleeping facilities at support stations and interim stops will be allocated to Challengers strictly on a first-come-first-served basis.
9.7. Accommodation at interim stops will comprise a bed only. Meals and ablution facilities may not be available. If a Challenger intends to make use of an interim stop, they need to notify the Race Organizer at least 6 hours beforehand.
9.8. A Challenger may not make demands for food and shelter along the route.
9.9. In addition to using the authorised accommodation, a Challenger may use unofficial or commercial accommodation on only ONE occasion during the race. A Challenger using such unauthorised accommodation MUST pay the accommodation provider, before leaving, the minimum amount set by the Race Organiser prior to the commencement of the event. (2019 rate is R500)
10. Mandatory stops
10.1. The race is non-stop, it being within the discretion of a Challenger to determine where on the race route they wish to rest. Unless directed to do so by the Race Director for reasons of personal health or safety, a Challenger is otherwise not obliged to make any mandatory overnight stops in the course of the Freedom Challenge events.
10.2 Challengers are required to sign in and out of each support station and to inform the Race Office of their intended riding plans on a daily basis by SMS / What’sApp.
10.3. Due particularly to the movement of buffalo and black rhinoceros as well as terrain that may be dangerous at night, certain points on the Freedom Trail may not be accessible at night or in bad weather. The Race Director may determine daily cut-off times that apply at points along the race route. Any Challenger reaching a point after the cut-off time will not be allowed to proceed beyond it until the time determined by the Race Director.
10.4. Challengers shall be notified of the details of these restricted areas.
Baviaanskloof entrance gate is ONLY open at 06h00 and 13h00 – all cyclists must stick with mandatory vehicle escort. If rider misses the escort they must wait for next gate opening time.
Stettynskloof gate – only opens on a specific date (the lapsed time of the current record starting as from the last batch of riders. Riders arriving before the gate opens will be required to wait at the last support station until it opens, unless they are given permission by the race director to proceed.
11. Shipping of food and equipment
11.1. A Challenger must comply with any shipping directions issued by the Race Organizer.
11.2. Unless otherwise directed by the Race Organizer, a Challenger may forward additional food and gear to each support station along the route.
11.3. Such additional food and gear must be contained in a sealed container which shall not exceed 2 litres in volume. Each container must be clearly marked (at both ends and on top) with the Challenger’s name and the name of the support station to which it must be delivered.
11.4 All substances which are not in their original labeled packaging inside the 2 litre container must be individually wrapped or sealed and labelled, stating clearly what the contents are.
11.5 It is not the responsibility of the Race Organizer to ensure the safety of the equipment, gear or goods sent out to the Support Stations and as such the Race Organizer accepts no responsibility for any loss of or damage to them.
11.6. Any extra charges relating to the handling or transportation of equipment, gear or goods must be paid for by the Challenger prior to the commencement of the Freedom Challenge.
12. Adverse weather
12.1. The Freedom Challenge events will be held as scheduled regardless of weather conditions. The Race Across South Africa and the Race to Rhodes occur during the southern hemisphere winter, Challengers should anticipate bad weather. Snow and early morning temperatures of –10 degrees Celsius have been experienced during most previous races.
The Race to Cradock and Race to Willowmore are held in late summer and may experience extreme heat or cold
12.2. Challengers are again warned that the Freedom Challenge events are extreme endurance events requiring high levels of fitness and prudence.
12.3. Should the Race Director deem it necessary he may:
i. prevent a Challenger from progressing past any point on the route; or
ii. direct a Challenger to take an alternative route.
12.4. Should the Race Director instruct a Challenger to take an alternative route, the Race Director may add such additional time penalty as he deems appropriate to ensure fairness between Challengers.
13. Basic Equipment
13.1. A Challenger has a choice of bicycle. No E-bikes permitted.
13.2. Unless otherwise authorized by the Race Director, only one bicycle may be used by a Challenger during the Freedom Challenge.
13.3. If required by the Race Director, each Challenger shall carry an emergency tracking device during the Freedom Challenge events. When such a device is issued, it is the responsibility of the Challenger to ensure that the device is charged and switched on at all times when they are moving. Failure to comply will result in a warning, a time penalty or disqualification
14. Mandatory equipment, clothing and safety requirements
14.1. Challengers will be required to retain throughout the Freedom Challenge the mandatory clothing and equipment required by the Race Director as set out in 14.6 below.
14.2 A compulsory kit inspection may take place prior to registration. All riders will be required to present all the compulsory kit items at this inspection. Failure to comply with this requirement will lead to riders not being allowed to start.
14.3. The Race Director, or a person appointed by him, may carry out random checks during the course of the race to ensure compliance.
14.4. Failure to comply with minimum equipment and clothing requirements may result in penalties or disqualification.
14.5. The Race Director may further regulate the wearing of promotional clothing or use of promotional equipment by Challengers.
14.6 Compulsory Kit List
All riders will at all times carry at least the items contained in the Compulsory Kit List, please ensure that you are familiar with it’s contents.
- Helmet, to be worn at all times while riding
- Official, current number board as supplied by the Race Organizer, attached to the front of the bike and visible at all times
- Light, front, white
- Light, rear, red
- Waterproof layer, top
- Base layer head (buff allowed) (RASA only)
- Base layer top (RASA only)
- Base layer legs (RASA only)
- Space blanket or similar
- Tracker and charger/spare batteries as supplied by the Race Organizer
- First Aid Kit
- Any essential/chronic medicine required by the rider that is not on the WADA Prohibited List ( WADA Prohibited List 2017 )
15. Route and Navigation
15.1. The Freedom Challenge will follow the general route of the Freedom Trail, the precise route will be indicated on the current set of race maps and made available in electronic format to confirmed participants of Freedom Challenge events.
15.2. The Race Director has the power to change the route at short notice.
15.3. A Challenger is expected to stay on the route. If a challenger intentionally leaves the route, she/he must re-enter where she/he left the route to continue.
15.4. If a Challenger unintentionally leaves the route due to navigational error, he/she must return to route at the point where they went wrong to ensure no time penalty will be enforced or they may return to route via most direct route (without unlawful trespassing) BUT if race organiser determines that they have gained unfair advantage from deviation then they will be given a time penalty (which will generally be at least twice the time saved). This rule and imposing of penalties will be at the discretion of the race organiser and stricter penalties may be imposed on more competitive riders.
15.5. The Race Director shall have the authority to withdraw a Challenger whose conduct, in the Race Director’s sole and exclusive judgement shows a disregard for the intended race route, or when continuous deviation from the race route is made without reason.
15.6. During the Freedom Challenge events, Challengers are restricted to the use of traditional forms of navigation. This includes the use of the official race narratives and race maps, a magnetic compass and any device which measures time, distance and speed without the use of GPS technology (i.e. a simple bike computer). Any device with any GPS functionality what-so-ever is prohibited. Use of such devices will result in immediate disqualification.
16. Support and Motorized Vehicles
16.1. Part of the goal of the Freedom Challenge events is that Challengers should be unsupported and should not receive outside assistance other than provided for by the Race Organizer.
16.2. Challengers may not receive personal support or outside assistance at any stage during the Freedom Challenge.
16.3. During the Freedom Challenge support will only be as officially provided for by the Race Organizer Generally, official assistance will be provided at the various support stations along the route.
16.4. After the commencement of the race, Challengers may not be transported at any time by motorized means. Any rider taking a lift forward, backward or off the trail with a vehicle will be automatically disqualified.
16.5. Any rider automatically disqualified for taking a lift with a vehicle during the race may launch an appeal. Appeals relating to automatic disqualification as a result of taking a lift must be made to the Race Director at the next support station and will be dealt with within twenty-four hours of filing the appeal.
16.6. After the commencement of the Race, personal gear, equipment and supplies of a Challenger may not be transported along the trail by mechanized means without the consent of the Race Director.
16.7. No vehicles seconding individual Challengers will be permitted during the Freedom Challenge events.
16.8. Vehicles meeting up with a Challenger/s or delivering gear or equipment may cause the Challenger to be disqualified. This includes meeting family, friends or supporters along the route.
17. Sportsmanship and conduct on the trail
17.1. Challengers must use civil conduct and act in a sportsmanlike manner throughout the race. Abusive behaviour toward fellow riders, support station hosts or any other people encountered along the route will not be tolerated and could result in disqualification.
17.2. A Challenger may not tamper with another Challenger, their food or gear or interfere in any manner with the progress of another Challenger.
17.3. You are a guest in the areas through which you pass and the places where you stay. Regard your entry fee as a donation rather than a payment and ensure that your attitude and behaviour accords with that.
17.4. Do not hand out sweets, goodies or supplements to children along the trail.
17.5. Do not hand out goods, clothing or donations to people along the trail – if you want to do something for the people direct it through the Race Organizer.
17.6. No outside assistance is permitted. All requests for assistance need to be directed to and sanctioned by the Race Director.
17.7. All challengers are expected to behave in an exemplary manner at support stations.
17.8. Be courteous and willing to greet people and to talk to them;
17.9. Always close any gate that you open yourself, even if there are riders immediately behind you. Failure to close gates properly will lead to severe time penalties or disqualification
17.10. The Race Director shall have the authority to withdraw a Challenger whose conduct, in the Race Director’s sole and exclusive judgement constitutes an unreasonable risk of harm to either himself or herself or to other persons.
18. Good Samaritan Rule
18.1. A Challenger will not be penalized for aiding another Challenger in an emergency. Incidents must be explained to the Race Director at the next support station.
18.2. The Race Director may, in their discretion, adapt times accordingly. The decision of the Race Director is final.
19.1. Drafting is permitted during the Freedom Challenge.
19.2. The Race Director expressly reserves the right to review this rule and to alter it on short notice to all Challengers.
20.1. No litter of any kind may be left on the trail, in support stations, or in checkpoints. In support stations rubbish must be placed in a bin.
20.2. All material remaining in support stations and interim stops must be left in designated areas.
20.3 Toilet paper must where-ever possible either be buried or removed.
21. Use of Drugs and Alcohol
21.1. Use of illegal drugs as defined by law or excessive use of alcohol by Challengers during the race is prohibited. The use of any banned performance enhancing substances is prohibited.
21.2. The Race Organiser has the right to conduct random drug testing. A Challenger is subject to collection of urine samples at any point from the start until one (1) hour after the finish. For more information, see the latest WADA Banned substances list.
21.3. A Challenger will use his/her best personal effort to ensure that the spirit of these rules is adhered to. Alleged violation(s) are to be reported to the Race Director. Flagrant or knowing violations of these rules shall be subject to penalties assessed by the Race Director, but not limited to, disqualification.
22 - Scratched Challengers
22.1. The Race Organizer will provide transportation to the nearest public transport hub for any Challenger who scratches from the race, including his or her equipment, bicycle and accompanying gear. Due to the remoteness of the trail, Challengers should not expect immediate transportation, however it will be arranged at the earliest convenience for race management and support station hosts.
23 - Cut offs
23.1. Challengers must complete the Freedom Challenge events within required times as set out below.
23.2. The following interim cut-offs will be strictly applied:
23.2.1 RASA Challengers must reach Rhodes in 8 days or less;
23.2.2 RASA Challengers must reach Hofmeyr in 12 days or less
23.2.3 RASA Challengers must reach Willowmore in 18 days or less
23.2.4 RASA Challengers must complete the race distance in 26 days or less
23.2.5 RTR riders are to reach Rhodes in 7 days or less.
23.2.6 RTC riders are to reach Cradock in 6 days or less
23.2.7 RTW riders are to reach Willowmore in 6 days or less
23.3. Challengers who fail to make the relevant cut-off are required to leave the trail immediately.
23.4 The Race Director shall have the authority to withdraw a Challenger who is out of the competition and is no longer making a valid effort to compete.
24. End of Race function
24.1. All Challengers who have completed the Race Across South Africa will be entitled to a pizza sponsored by the Race Organiser on arrival at the finish.
24.2 Unless advised to the contrary, Challengers will be provided with accommodation on the evening that they complete the Freedom Challenge.
24.3. Attendance at the end of race Finisher’s Dinner is optional although encouraged.
25 - Race Officials
25.1. The Race Director and nominated officials are responsible for the enforcement of all race rules.
26 - Protests
26.1. A Challenger may protest any action of a Challenger that they feel is contrary to the intent of these rules.
26.2. To be recognized as a legitimate protest, any infraction observed by a Challenger must be presented in writing at the next support station and in no case more than twenty-four (24) hours after a Challenger finishes the race
27.1. Rule infractions may result in the issuing of warnings, time penalties, censure or disqualification.
27.2. Warnings may be issued by any race official. Censures and time penalties require a majority decision of a panel of race officials appointed by the Race Director.
27.3. Disqualifications require a unanimous decision of a panel of race officials appointed by the Race Director.
27.4. Warnings: Written warnings may be issued by digital text (email/WhatsApp/SMS) for first time or minor violations.
27.5. Censure: The Organisers, following completion of the race, may censure a Challenger. A censure may include a warning, either public or private and may eliminate the Challenger from future races. A written warning (see 34.4) or disqualification must have occurred before censure.
27.6. Time Penalties: Challengers are required to serve time penalties during daylight hours. Daylight hours are between 6am and 6pm. All penalties must be served in full within 24 hours of the penalty being communicated (and received) to the challenger. Penalties must be served at a support station or interim stop (of the challenger's choosing) provided the penalty is served in full within the allocated 24 hour period. If, for any reason, the challenger fails to successfully serve his/her penalty in the allotted time, the portion of time remaining on the penalty will be automatically doubled and another 24 hours period allowed to serve in full.
27.7. Challengers deviating from the main race route for any reason will incur a time penalty (which will generally be minimum times the time that it would take to cycle the omitted section of the route in the prevailing weather conditions). If the deviation is forced by the race director, the time penalty may be adjusted to ensure that no Challenger is unfairly prejudiced. Accidental/navigational error - refer to 15.4.
27.8. Challengers deviating from the race route between the penultimate support station and the finish will automatically incur a 24hr penalty that will be added to their race time. This excludes route choice up Stettynskloof from dam to hut.
27.9. The race director has the authority to override any time penalty should he deem that no significant advantage has been secured by the infringement.
27.10. The winning time and race record will be recognized, provided all time penalties imposed have been served along the route.
27.11. Withdrawal: Withdrawal is a process that may be imposed by a panel of race officials, either by a majority or unanimous vote, and which has the effect of involuntarily eliminating the Challenger from the race but which does not imply any deliberate misconduct or violation. The Challenger must leave the route and will be assisted by the Race Organiser.
27.12. Disqualifications: Challengers shall be disqualified for rule infractions involving for example, cheating or deliberate rule infractions that give a Challenger an unfair advantage over another Challenger. It is intended that the nearest involved officials be included on the panel. The Challenger will be given the opportunity to present his or her case to each member of the panel prior to the decision.
27.13 Disqualified and Withdrawn Challengers must leave the route immediately or forfeit the right to enter future races.
27.14 Penalties for spare parts and equipment received on the trail:
27.14.1 All spares must be acquired via race office or with prior consent of race office
27.14.2 Receiving any spares carries a minimum 3 hour time penalty.
27.14.3 Larger spares including but not limited to wheels, forks, frames carry a minimum 4.5 hour penalty.
27.14.4 Complete new bike carries minimum 6 hour penalty.
27.14.5 Time penalties may be adjusted to negate anticipated 'ordinary rest periods'. Ie. Time penalties over lunch stops may incur an additional hour so that penalty is not diminished by usual rest time.
28 - Appeals
28.1. Challengers may appeal race official decisions.
28.2. Appeals pertaining to warnings must be presented in writing to the Race Organiser within ten (10) days following the End of Race dinner.
28.3 Appeals pertaining to censure must be presented in writing to the Race Organisor within ten (10) days after receipt of the censure by the Challenger.
28.4 Appeals pertaining to withdrawals, disqualifications or time penalties must be presented in writing to the Race Organiser within ten (10) days following the End of Race Dinner.
28.3. Appeals are heard at an informal hearing before an appeals board appointed by the Race Director which will be held within forty-five (45) days of filing the appeal.
28.4. Review by the appeals board is the exclusive, final and binding remedy for any Dispute regarding
application of the rules by race officials to a Challenger. The decision of the appeals board is non-reviewable.
29.1. Challengers understand the severity of the Freedom Challenge and the necessity for survival skills, endurance running and mountain biking.
29.2. Challengers therefore do not hold the Freedom Challenge, the Race Organizer, Race Director, or any of its agents responsible for any damage or injury sustained to the Challenger or his or her property during the event.
29.3. It is accepted that Challengers have read the Rules and conditions and agree to abide by them.
29.4. Challengers accept that during any Freedom Challenge event, the making of open fires is prohibited anywhere along the route – doing so will result in immediate disqualification and Challengers will be held liable for any damages that may occur from the spread of such a fire.
30. Policy Intent
The intent of these rules is to ensure fair competition during the Freedom Challenge events.
Officials appointed by the Race Director are responsible for interpreting the rules in keeping with that intent.