CounterBalance ride – Freedom Revolution Unicycle Tour

2500km… 44 Days… 3 Riders… on Unicycles…

Cycling for Shoes – The Freedom Revolution Unicycle Tour raising money to give children much needed school shoes.

Three unicyclists, Alan Read, Donna Kisogloo and Johnny Cronje will ride more than 2,500km from Umhlanga Lighthouse, north of Durban, to Mouille Point Lighthouse in Cape Town. They have been on the road since November 27. Their route will take them through the Umgeni River Valley from Durban to Pietermaritzburg where they will connect with the Freedom Challenge Trail. They will follow the dirt-track trail across the interior of South Africa to Paarl in the Western Cape before completing the final 100km to Cape Town. The tour is scheduled to take 44 days, giving the riders just a few off-days to catch their breath and send a postcard home, before they collapse in an untidy heap at Mouille Point on January 8, 2011.

Sheep encounter in Drakensberg

The cause? They will be raising awareness and funds for Bob Skinstad’s Bob’s For Good Foundation, which works hard to put shoes on the feet of South African schoolchildren who have always walked barefoot to school.

This CounterBalance ride will be supported by The Freedom Challenge, an annual mountain bike event which uses the route and will provide logistical assistance.

Follow their story here. Inspirational stuff!