Car rental company First is lending its support to the Freedom Revolution Unicycle Tour in South Africa. The mammoth event will begin on November 26 when three unicyclists and one support car will set out to cover the gruelling 2,500kms from Durban to Cape Town.

The marathon, which will take 46 days to complete, is taking place in the name of the Bob’s For Good Foundation. Run by Bobby Skinstad, the charity provides shoes for disadvantaged children all over the country.

The tour will start at Durban beachfront and finish at Mouille Point Lighthouse in Cape Town on January 8. Along the way, the one-wheeled cyclists will be taken into the heart of rural South Africa, passing through the Drakenberg escarpment, the Easter Cape hinterland, Karoo and Paarl.

The three unicyclists, Alan Read, Johnny Cronje and Donna Kisogloo, come from the Counter Balance Trust. They have been training hard for the rough conditions on the off-road track.

The Freedom Revolution Unicycle Tour route will follow almost exactly the same path as the Freedom Challenge Trail which is normally reserved for mountain bikers. The trial, which is used in the Race Across South Africa each summer, is supported by the Wilderness Foundation. Cyclists will be taken into the deepest rural areas of South Africa while maintaining a minimum effect on the environment.