Monday, 21 March 2011


Tim and I got back from riding the Stormberg section of the Freedom Challenge a couple of weeks ago, the aim of the ride was to make sure we knew where we were going when the race starts. Well we got lost again, Tim left the maps behind and I could not make the GPS make sense. We are not allowed GPS on the race but we can use them at all other times. They are useless if you don't know where you are. Most of the days Tim and I were right on with the navigation, however a 50km ride down to Toekomst turned into a marathon, lesson learned, Tim carries the narratives I do the maps !!! We travelled over some amazing country and ate and drank with wonderful people at all of the support stations, during the race there may not be so much red wine !!

The aim of this blog is to keep a record of an amazing journey by two guys who met during the 2009 Freedom Challenge at Ntsikini, and gained a friendship during the best mountain bike ride in the world, no other race makes you carry all your gear up and down mountains for 2300 kilometers, meeting wonderful people along the way whilst trying to navigate yourself's with maps and narratives. You carry your bikes nearly as much as you ride them. The weather plays a major role and if the early signs are anything to go by, it will be a cold winter here in South Africa.

This being our fist post, it is more of an experiment. Easter is coming and Tim will be busy in his lodge down at the Kruger Park, shame someone has to live there. I am off to run the Namibian Desert Challenge so we will post again only in a few weeks.

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