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Cape Epic – the tougher the better for endurance athletes

Eight days, 800 kilometres and some seriously steep ravines – this is the Absa Cape Epic, one of the most extreme things a person can do with a bicycle. The hors catégorie event is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world. Each year a new route is chosen, as difficult and as beautiful as the last.

From Big Five to Little Five

Only the toughest survive the Berg River canoe marathon

The Berg River Marathon is probably the most gruelling way to spend four days in mid-winter. The canoe race sets off from Paarl and ends 240 kilometres away in Velddrif, in the Western Cape. Throw in howling wind, driving rain and lots of portage, and you've got a recipe for extreme sport.

Freedom Challenge tests athletes’ limits

While most people are tucked up warmly indoors during winter, a group of dedicated extreme athletes is out riding the Freedom Challenge. The mountain bike race takes riders more than 2 000 kilometres across some of South Africa's harshest but most beautiful scenery.

South Africa is world’s endurance race capital

Some of the world's most extreme races are held in South Africa, where elite athletes – and ordinary people – pit themselves against the unforgiving elements and huge distances. Perhaps the most well-known is the Comrades Marathon, a gruelling 90km run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

The pain is soon forgotten

If you fancy a hard mountain bike ride through some of South Africa's most spectacular countryside, then the Freedom Challenge may be just the ticket. It's over 2 000km – but the man behind it has wilder dreams.
Getting to know a different South Africa

Get bike wise

The daily commute's congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and frustration can be avoided - all it takes is getting out your car and into the saddle. Cycle Wits is leading the pack in getting cycling to become the public transport of choice.
Exploring bicycle culture in South Africa

Getting to know a different South Africa

Anyone who loves mountain biking should read endurance cyclist Kevin Davie’s new book, Freedom Rider. It provides just the inspiration you need to buy a map, plan a route and get on the saddle to explore South Africa’s remote and wide-open spaces.
Stellenbosch on a bicycle

The Ride to Rhodes experience

The Ride to Rhodes experience

The Ride to Rhodes, an annual six-day challenge that takes mountain bikers on a 500-kilometre trail through some of the most rugged and beautiful countryside on the planet, is more than a race. It's a journey into the heart of South Africa, as well a unique personal challenge.
The Race Across South Africa

The Race Across South Africa

The 2009 Freedom Challenge, also known as the Race Across South Africa, started in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday. A courageous - some would say mad - field of 60 mountain bikers are tackling a 2 300-kilometre route that covers the full range of the country's spectacular terrain.

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