Overview

The route traverses the Southern Drakensberg foothills between Underberg and Naudes Nek Pass using gravel roads, jeep tracks, cattle paths, single-track and a very occasional snippet of tar road.

 

The route incorporates approximately 300km of the already established Freedom Trail although most of this is done in reverse to Freedom Challenge events.  The Freedom Trail follows the route commonly taken by Trappist Monks linking mission stations as they headed into the area previously known as Noman's Land. It takes in interesting countryside that is rich in history and culture.

 

Terrain

The terrain is very undulating with few very portions of prolonged flat road. Gravel roads link the more interesting valleys and mountain passes, which often incorporate disused vehicular tracks and cattle tracks form mainly from oxen dragging firewood down the mountains. There are some exceptionally fun flowing paths and technically challenging portions, even un-ridable in parts. There are no prolonged hike-a-bike sections as found in the traditional Freedom Challenge events but you will have dismount and walk up and down steep rocky sections from time to time. 

 
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