Jun 27 2021

Freedom Challenge: Race Across South Africa

  • South Africa (ZAF)
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Length: 2,150 km / 26 days
Location: PMB to Wellington, South Africa
Website: www.freedomchallenge.org.za

The route follows the Freedom Trail from Pietermaritzburg to Wellington along a wide variety of off-road terrain – dirt roads, farm roads and tracks, footpaths and animal tracks. Many of the trails retrace old historic wagon routes which are no longer in regular use. Apart from the riding, there are numerous portage sections where riders will have to hike, push and even carry their bikes. 

The route traverses six terrestrial biomes and the geography ranges from coastal to mountainous to semi-desert. Anticipated temperatures during June/July can range from 35 degrees Celcius down to minus 10 degrees Celcius. Since the route is not marked, riders need to navigate by means of maps, compass and narrative directions – the use of GPS devices during the race is not allowed.

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