The first two batches of this year's Race to Cradock had been enjoying the warm and dry conditions out on the trail so far. But yesterday that changed with the arrival of some heavy rain in Rhodes. The rumbling started late in the morning as the clouds gathered and the wind picked up. By late afternoon, a storm broke and the heavy downpours turned the dry roads into rushing torrents. With reports of hail and rain reaching as far down the trail as Romansfontein support station, the riding conditions will now be very different for the batches still to depart Rhodes. Although Batch 3 left Rhodes under clear skies this morning, the ground was very wet and muddy and the going may not be as easy for them today. The early portages at Kappokkraal, Slaapkranz and Bontehoek are well known for their sticky, black mud when wet, so the remaining batches are going to be working a bit harder to get through these sections. The second half of the route is thankfully a bit drier, so hopefully the riders can look forward to an easier finish as they get nearer to Cradock.