Martin Dreyer won the Race Across South Africa when he completed the 2 300km non-stop, self-navigated mountain bike race in Wellington on Friday.
He pushed through sickness to claim a winning time of 10 days, 14 hours and 33 minutes, which was the third fastest time that this route has been ridden in the race, which formed part of the Freedom Challenge.
“When your mates believe in you so much, more so than what you believe in yourself at times, that’s actually the tipping point that keeps you going.”
Jacques Tattersall placed second (11:11:55), with Graham Bird third (12:07:53).
Gavin Horton and Fjord Jordaan both finished fourth (12:12:22), with Arno Crous fifth (12:12:54).
The journey started on June 16 in Pietermaritzburg, with riders allowed a maximum of 26 days to complete the ride.
View more overall results below.
Race Across South Africa results
1. Martin Dreyer 10:14:33
2. Jacques Tattersall 11:11:55
3. Graham Bird 12:07:53
4. Gavin Horton 12:12:22
4. Fjord Jordaan 12:12:22
5. Arno Crous 12:12:54
6. Leon Erasmus 12:13:45
7. Kyle Dohne 14:11:50
8. Gawie du Plessis 14:19:45
9. Nigel Payne 15:21:50
9. Adrian Payne 15:21:50
10. Mark Basel 16:11:50