Dreyer stuns fellow adventure racers

2016-06-21 06:00
RMB Change a Life MTB Academy founder and keen adventurer, Martin Dreyer has broken the Ride to Rhodes time record by over a day after completing the self-navigated, non-stop, 575km mountain bike event from Pietermaritzburg to the Eastern Cape town of Rhodes in 49 hours and 47 minutes Photo: supplied

RMB Change a Life MTB Academy founder and keen adventurer, Martin Dreyer has broken the Ride to Rhodes time record by over a day after completing the self-navigated, non-stop, 575km mountain bike event from Pietermaritzburg to the Eastern Cape town of Rhodes in 49 hours and 47 minutes Photo: supplied

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ADVENTURE racer Martin Dreyer stunned the mountain biking fraternity this weekend when he became the first person ever to officially complete the treacherous 575km Ride to Rhodes race from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes in the Eastern Cape in less than 50 hours, battling cold and snow, fatigue and sleep deprivation, to shatter the previous record by more than a day.

The heroic solo charge triggered a flood of online support for the adventure junkie and founder of the RMB Change a Life MTB Academy, as he achieved the feat early on Monday morning.

The Ride to Rhodes – a non-stop, self-supported sub-event of the 2300km Freedom Challenge’s Maritzburg to Wellington ‘Race Across South Africa’ – requires participants to complete the gruelling mountain bike task in a maximum of six days with support stations every 80-100km their only reprieve from both the elements and fatigue.

For Dreyer though, the potential of not only completing the tall order but also breaking the event’s time record of nigh on three and a half days brought heightened appeal and kept the ‘Dusi Duke’ pushing through the numerous challenges of his remarkable feat, during which he remained sleepless throughout.

“This is a personal journey; there is no winner and you don’t take part for bells and whistles at the finish line. For me it was all about pushing myself and testing my boundaries and I did that so I’m very chuffed,” explained an exhausted yet satisfied Dreyer.

“I’m pleased all went well and my body and mind’s limits were tested and I’m relieved both held out for the duration of the challenge while breaking the record is also great, even though I’d hope to break the two day (48 hour) mark.

“I loved it and it was everything I’d hoped it would be and more!” he added.

Dreyer, coach and mentor of a crop of talented paddling, mountain biking and running athletes from the Valley of a Thousand Hills through his RMB Change a Life MTB Academy, was inundated with messages of support along the way while ‘legend’, ‘inspirational’, ‘monumental’ and ‘champion’ were used by many in their post-race congratulations. - Supplied

More information is available at www.freedomchallenge.org.za

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