“This has to be the holy grail of mountain biking” was the response of one of the finishers in the 2010 Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa. “Don’t change anything” was the response of another. In keeping with these sentiments there is little that will change with the 2011 version of the Freedom Challenge flagship event.
The Race Across South Africa will again take place in the heart of the South African winter with weather that ranges from heavy snowstorms to warming sunshine. There will only be minor modifications to the 2300 km race route which includes a 1000 metre ascent up the face of the Drakensberg escarpment on Lehana’s Pass, following the route of Smuts and his commando through the Stormberg and riding through the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area and the Cape Fold Mountains.