Inspired by his own struggles growing up, Clint Le Roux has once again organised the gruelling Freedom Challenge cycle across South Africa in order to raise money for the Carel du Toit Centre.
The 2,200km ride starts in Pietermaritzburg on June 15 and over the course of 26 days, takes riders through the heart of SA to end in Wellington.
Adding to the challenge is the fact that apart from the 19 checkpoints, riders will be competely unsupported. They will be responsible for preparing their own food and drink to last them between stops, will have to ditch GPS in favour of old-school maps and compasses and will not be allowed to call on any outside assistance.
At the time of writing, about 50 people have signed up.
Le Roux said the inspiration for the Freedom Challenge came from his own struggles with hearing.
“I didn’t really have an intervention [for my hearing problems] until about the age of 12.
“A teacher asked me to sit with my parents, they asked the teacher what he was on about, the teacher said ‘Well your son has a hearing problem’, and my parents said ‘no ways’,” Le Roux said.
His hearing problems pushed him to always try hard in whatever he did, but he admitted that this was more about proving something.
“I guess I thought ‘If you can do something, I can do it better’. It was always about chasing something for someone else,” he said.
In 2013, Le Roux’s wife finally convinced him to see an audiologist and get a hearing aid installed.
“I was almost in tears when they switched it on,” said Le Roux.
Freedom Challenge riders are expected to raise their own donations on top of paying their own operating costs. Donations can be made through Le Roux’s Backabuddy page at or can be made directly to the Carel du Toit EL bank account:
Account name: Carel du Toit Trust
Bank: Nedbank – Vincent Park
Account Number: 1206028726
Branch Code: 120621