The first day of Race to Rhodes is done and dusted. 10 Riders set off from PMB city hall at 6am on 11 June to mark the start of the 2019 winter events. The Umko valley has become very overgrown in the past couple years and riders had a toucgh time fighting through the thicket. Trevor, Russell, Clyde, Johan and Chris are planning to ride together and Greg Fisher stuck with them today. They eventually emerged at the river crossing at 2pm and made it to Allendale by 16h45. Father and son pairing Nico and Nicholas Louw stuck with Wade Mosterd and John Bowen. They took a bit longer through the thick stuff and then opted not to cross the river but rather ride round and over the bridge. A long day for the four but they showed true grit and eventually arrived at Allendale at 20h50. Sure they will all enjoy a well deserved night's rest before heading for Ntsikeni tomorrow.