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1 July 2019

Words: Steven Burnett

 

6am Monday 1 July. Tickets please!

It was the opening of the Baviaanskloof Reserve gate at Bergplaas. There are buffalo and rhino free roaming in this reserve, and for safety reasons escorts are required to chaperone riders for 50km. This train is a one way service and has a timetable of 2 trains per day.  The 6am and 1pm trains become a target goal from a few days out. The riders lined up might have shared this goal, but amongst them encompassed almost every sort of rider on the trail.

Richard du Toit of Batch 2 made a valiant attempt to make it through this gate the previous day, but as outlined in yesterdays report even the best laid plans can come horribly awry quite quickly. He joins in with the rest of Batch 1 who might have ridden in two groups along the way but have matched each other since leaving PMB 14 days ago.

The Payne brothers of Batch 4 have worked their way through the field and now find themselves at the head of it. 

The final inclusion to this group almost missed the boat. Martin Dreyer (Batch 8) had a decent (5hour!) sleep at Gegun (SS13), and left there 4:30am on Sunday morning, riding through Toekomst (SS14), Bucklands (SS15) and Hadley (emergency SS) before taking on the Grootriver crossings at night. According to the GPS timestamps, it was touch and go for a long time and he really did have to push to make this. The group had already left Cambria(SS15) to sign into the park when he arrived, he could have settled in for a well deserved 6 hour break and leave at 1pm, but chose to join the rest of the riders and thus a batch of 8 got going together. I’m sure many stories were shared, and it would have been a change for Martin to ride in a group and take the mind off the chase for a bit.

6am Tuesday 2 July

We do this all over again! There were no riders on the 1pm train, but there are many waiting at the station overnight. Once again this will be a meeting point as they have all come from different destinations! Philip Erasmus; Willem Kamstra; Johan Radcliffe (Batch 2) all slept at the Hadley farmhouse and have had a comfortable “half” day. Graeme Green (Batch 3), Charles Hughes and Francis Bradford (both Batch 4) were at Bucklands and have managed to get through the Grootriver in daylight.

The final 3 passengers are expect to be what has been dubbed P234, our three Batch 8 riders in tied 2ndplace (Alex Harris, Graham Bird and Jaqcues Tattersall). They have been about 20 hours behind Martin for about 3 days now, so are holding the gap he had established by Romansfontein(SS9). They have the same ordeal to get through in order to make this 6am train, and there are enough curveballs to hold them up. While it might seem to many that Martin has got this sewn up, he does still have the small matter of 750km to ride to the finish in the face of the cape winter. All of the P234 riders have won this race before, and they will know that anything can happen in mountain biking and there is still plenty to play for here. 

Further back Johann Lombard, Sandy Maytham-Bailey and Hanko de Beer (Batch 2) went from Kleinpoort (ESS) through Bucklands to Hadley (ESS) and will no doubt do the half day to Cambria in time for Wednesdays’ 6am departure. They should be joined by Bryn Roberts, James Cruickshank and Radislav Zemandi (Batch 3) who have opted for the safe confines of Bucklands guestfarm.

A big mention should be made for our Lanterne Rouge rider, Arno Crous(Batch 8). He has been on his own since Tinana Mission 5 days ago. He has been pushing hard and could well work back to his group if he times his run into Cambria well.

 

 

 

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Rider

 

Batch # (Days on the trail)

 

 

Current location

#Days +/(-) 26 day schedule

 

1

Fanus Vorster

1 (15)

Damsedrif (SS#17)

2

2

Nigel Basel

1 (15)

Damsedrif (SS#17)

2

3

Bradford vd Westhizen

1 (15)

Damsedrif (SS#17)

2

4

Richard Erasmus

1 (15)

Damsedrif (SS#17)

2

5

Derrick Muller

1 (15)

Damsedrif (SS#17)

2

6

Johan Radcliffe

2 (14)

Cambria (SS#16)

2

7

Johann Lombard

2 (14)

Hadley (SS#15.5)

1.5

8

Sandy Maytham-Bailey

2 (14)

Hadley (SS#15.5)

1.5

9

Willem Kamstra

2 (14)

Cambria (SS#16)

2

10

Richard du Toit

2 (14)

Willowmore (SS#18)

4

11

Hanko de Beer

2 (14)

Hadley (SS#15.5)

1.5

12

Philip Erasmus

2 (14)

Cambria (SS#16)

2

13

James Cruikshank

3 (13)

Bucklands (SS#15)

2

14

Bryn Roberts

3 (13)

Bucklands (SS#15)

2

15

Graeme Green

3 (13)

Cambria (SS#16)

3

16

Radislav Zamandi

3 (13)

Bucklands (SS#15)

2

17

Alex Kingwill

3 (13)

On his way to Toekomst (SS14)

1

18

Nigel Payne

4 (12)

Willowmore (SS#18)

6

19

Adrian Payne

4 (12)

Willowmore (SS#18)

6

20

Charles Hughes

4 (12)

Cambria (SS#16)

4

21

Francis Bradford

4 (12)

Cambria (SS#16)

4

22

Kobus Nel

4 (12)

Gegun (SS#13)

1

23

Alan Rainnie

4 (12)

Gegun (SS#13)

1

24

Francois Roux

4 (12)

Gegun (SS#13)

1

25

Mark Smuts

4 (12)

Gegun (SS#13)

1

26

Renier vd Merwe

5 (11)

Toekomst (SS#14)

3

27

Gavin Robinson

Withdrawn

 

28

Andrew Ryan

5 (11)

Toekomst (SS#14)

3

29

Gary Scoular

5 (11)

Toekomst (SS#14)

3

30

Grant Cowan

5 (11)

Bucklands (SS#15)

4

31

Mark Basel

5 (11)

Bucklands (SS#15)

4

32

Derrick Bingham

Withdrawn

 

33

Leon Kruger

6 (10)

On his way to Toekomst (SS14)

4

34

Grant Hill

6 (10)

Toekomst (SS#14)

4

35

Anthony Avidon

7 (9)

Toekomst (SS#14)

5

36

Kyle Dohne

7 (9)

Bucklands (SS#15)

6

37

Gawie du Plessis

7 (9)

Bucklands (SS#15)

6

38

Scott James

7

Withdrawn

 

39

Liehann Loots

8

Withdrawn

 

40

Arno Crous

8 (7)

On his way to Gegun (SS#13)

6

41

Fjord Jordaan

8 (7)

On his way to Gegun (SS#13)

6

42

Graham Bird

8 (7)

On his way to Cambria…?? (SS#16)

9

43

Leon Erasmus

8 (7)

On his way to Gegun (SS#13)

6

44

Alex Harris

8 (7)

On his way to Cambria…?? (SS#16)

9

45

Martin Dreyer

8 (7)

Currently having a sleep at Damsedrif (SS#17)

10

46

Gavin Horton

8 (7)

On his way to Gegun (SS#13)

6

47

Jacques Tattersall

8 (7)

On his way to Cambria…?? (SS#16)

9

 


 

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