RTR Batch 3 consists of Phillip Fullaway, Mark Stewart, Hugo Van Schalkwyk, Dirk Coetzee, Darrol Mckeown, Stuart Manzie, Andrew Pearson, Janine Stewart, Daniel Otto, Axel Poser and Mike Woolnough.
Most of this batch headed for Allendale today. Phillip made good time and arrived by 3pm for a good afternoon rest. Axel and Daniel made a flying start despite Daniel feeling ill. He eventually bailed on Hella hella but Axel powered on and is having a great ride, currently about an hour behind Mike who is having a blinder, currently ahead of record pace!
The Louws, Wade and John opted for a relatively shorter day from Ntsikeni to Glen Edward for the night. Trevor's merry men made it to Masakala by 5pm and batch 2 all made good progress from Allendale to Ntsikeni to arrive around sunset.
RTR batch 2 set off on another balmy PMB morning. This batch consists of another father and son pairing: Merak and Oliver Greaves. Oliver is 17 years old making him the youngest rider rider on the trail. They had a great day making steady progress to arrive at Allendale at 16h35. Joining them was Nic Adams and arriving shortly afterwards was Stuart Roos, Christian Neethling and Ivor Jones. Shaun Tischendorf and brothers Bruce and Shaun Knowles arrived at 18h50.
Unfortunately Russell Hanger withdrew at Allendale due to ongoing knee trouble. Trevor, Chris, Johan, Clyde and Greg made steady progress all day arriving at Ntsikeni at 16h45. Nico, Nicholas, Wade and John had another very long day. They had an understandably slightly late start which translated into another VERY long day on the bikes to eventuallly reach Ntsikeni just before midnight. These 4 have now had a 15 hour day followed by an 18 hour day but they have kept on trooping.
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.