The Thing That Means The Most To Me


Bicycling (South Africa) - - INSIDE - MARTIN DREYER / 49 / TOUGH­EST MAN ON A BIKE

SA’s hard­est cy­clist tells us what’s more im­por­tant than win­ning.

Af­ter en­dur­ing freez­ing con­di­tions, gale-force winds and ‘sleep mon­sters’, I fin­ished the 2017 Free­dom Chal­lenge in record time. My first- place re­ward? A Ba­sotho blan­ket – which is the same prize ev­ery rider gets for fin­ish­ing the race in­side the 26- day cut- off. The blan­ket, which is a com­ing- of-age sym­bol in Ba­sotho cul­ture, is per­fect. You don’t do the Free­dom Chal­lenge for brag­ging rights – you do it for the ex­pe­ri­ence; to push your­self to the limit, as you ride through ru­ral and rugged coun­try­side. It’s an ad­ven­ture, in which you get to in­ter­act with rid­ers and farm­ers. It hum­bles you. Win­ning is ir­rel­e­vant.

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