Two brothers, one cycle challenge, raising funds for dreams

With the 1st leg wrapped up and R350 000 raised, it’s time for the Payne brothers to double-up and take on the 2nd leg starting on the 20th of October.  Doubling up on the Freedom Challenge can only mean two things… Doubling up on dreams, doubling up on funds raised. This time round we’re aiming for R700 000 to help make more dreams come true.

The Payne Brothers

Nigel Payne (age 62) lives in Sandton with his wife Debbie. They have a son Thomas and daughter Sasha. Nigel, a chartered accountant with a Masters in Business Leadership, is the Chairman of the boards of the Mr Price Group, Vukile Property Fund and Strate. He is Lead Independent Director of Bidcorp and AlexForbes, and a former director of Bidvest and the JSE. All of these companies are strongly committed to social good, including community development, education and job creation.Adrian Payne (age 61) lives in Cowies Hill, Durban, with his wife Wendy. They have 3 daughters: Tracy, Michelle and Megan. Adrian is a medical specialist in private practice at Hillcrest Hospital. Having delivered thousands of babies over his career, he has a passion for childrens’ health and well-being.Nigel and Adrian have been doing endurance sporting events for over 40 years, having both run the Comrades and Two Oceans marathons, paddled the Duzi and Fish River canoe marathons and done a number of multi-sport events.

The Payne Brothers have been a mountain biking team for over a decade, having done numerous Freedom Challenges, ABSA Cape Epic, Joburg2C, Tour de Tuli, Transkei Wildcoast and other events together.

What is the Freedom Challenge?

The Freedom Trail was established in 2003 with the aim of opening up a fully serviced mountain bike trail running across the interior of South Africa. The trail that exists today relies on the use of local accommodation and services thus allowing riders to ride between stops without having to carry all their own food, water and overnight gear. The Freedom Trail passes through many wilderness areas, nature reserves, public and private land, showcasing the diverse landscapes, fauna and flora along the way. It traverses some of the more isolated parts of South Africa and offers an insight into the lives of the people who live in these areas.

A series of events is hosted annually along the Freedom Trail – collectively, they fall under the banner of the Freedom Challenge:

  • The Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa: a non-stop 2150km race along the length of the Freedom Trail.

  • The Freedom Challenge Race to Rhodes: a non-stop 480km race along the first 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes)

  • The Freedom Challenge Race to Cradock: a non-stop 580km race along the second 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (Rhodes to Cradock)

  • The Freedom Challenge Race to Willowmore: a non-stop 530km race along the third 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (Cradock to Willowmore)

  • The Freedom Challenge Race to Paarl: a non-stop 600km race along the forth 6 stages of the Freedom Trail (Willowmore to Paarl)

What is the purpose of the challenge?

It takes a great deal of strength, courage and endurance to complete such a challenge. Just in the same way as our dream children are fighting life- threatening illnesses every day. This is a journey that will inspire more hope in the lives of our strong and resilient children. Make a donation today to make a positive impact in the lives of our dreamers. 

All donations will receive a section 18a certificate.

For more information on the challenge visit

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