Mountain biker extraordinaire and CITW stalwart, Adrian Saffy, started his Freedom Circuit ride on 27 April 2021. Read the backstory and daily updates below.
I am not one for doing things solo. I love the fact that I have another breath next to me. On this ride I anticipate being alone out there for several days and nights, and by “chatting” to my WhatsApp group when I need it will comprise having some of you, or all of you, sharing the adventure, the journey, the pain, and the suffering with me, as if you were that breath next to me.
This race is a new addition to South Africa’s famously extreme Freedom Challenge mountain biking events. The Freedom Circuit entails 700 km of self-supported riding, with no feeding stations or water points or places to sleep. You have to look after yourself and only use what is available to all athletes. No outside seconds or private lodging.
It has 12 500 metres of climbing and consists of 50% (350 km) gravel road; 25%(175 km) jeep track; 20% (140 km) single track and cattle paths; 5% (35 km) tar road.
I am riding to raise funds for Children in the Wilderness, a charity close to my heart. They need some love due to COVID affecting their main benefactor, Wilderness Safaris.
Check out my GivenGain link if you keen to make a contribution (R1/km) https://www.givengain.com/ap/adrian-saffy-raising-funds-for-children-in-the-wilderness/
Lastly you can track me at https://freedomcircuit2021.maprogress.com/
I’m hoping to finish in 70 hours, so Friday morning some time. My motivation to get to the finish is to get home to my wife and boy.
Peace and Love.
Day 1 – Tuesday 27 April 2021