Freedom Curcuit

The Freedom Circuit is an extremely challenging semi-supported bikepacking race which takes place in South Africa in late April annually. The route incorporates large portions of the Freedom Trail. 

There is a 400km and a 700km course offering with fairly challenging cut-offs on the long route so night riding is required. The route is not marked. Riders are required to carry their own GPS devices for navigation and must follow the designated route. There are checkpoints approximately 100km apart where food and beds are available.

This is a semi-supported event. Riders must carry everything they require including mandatory equipment. Riders may not receive any personal support/seconding whilst in competition. All riders will carry satellite trackers with 2-way communication for live tracking and emergencies but essentially competitors take responsibility for their own safety. 

Community Supported

This is a bike-packing race that supports local communities, and is supported by those communities. Riders must carry everything they require on the bike including mandatory equipment for the duration of the ride. Riders may not receive any personal support/seconding whilst in competition. 

  • Riders must follow the designated route using GPS to self-navigate. The course is not marked.

  • There is food and beds/mattresses/blankets provided at checkpoints (included in entry fee).

  • 400 Riders may each pack one 2 litre resupply tub to be handed in at registration. This tub will be available at Two Springs (210km)

  • 700 Riders may each pack two 2 litre resupply tubs to be handed in at registration. Tubs available at Two Springs (210km) and Masakala (580km)

  • Resupply splits for checkpoints, water sources, shops and accommodation are provided 

‚ÄčDistance Options

  • 700km  (12400m Ascent)   –   7 checkpoints   –   40 entry slots available (starts 6 May 2024)

  • 400km  (7500m Ascent)   –  4 checkpoints    –   30 entry slots available (two starts 6 & 7 May 2024)

  • 200km  (4200m Ascent)   –  2 checkpoints    –   20 entry slots available (starts 7 May 2024)

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Event Details
  • Start Date
    May 5, 2024 4:00 pm
  • End Date
    May 11, 2024 8:00 am
  • Status
    Expired
  • Deadline
    April 12, 2024
  • Address
    QCH6+PM Swartberg, South Africa