After severe storms last night in the Cradock area, the remaining riders are trying to make their way to the finish as quickly as possible.
The first arrival this morning was Alex at 04h35 – his time establishes the benchmark at 47h35min for the inaugural event and sets the bar high for future contenders. Between bouts of sunshine and tailwinds, he also had to deal with heavy rain and mud but his determination won through and he managed to sneak in under 48 hours.
His closest pursuers, Mike and Casper were hot on his tail last night but came unstuck on the Elandsberg portage in a heavy storm which forced them to look for shelter and they ended up spending a wet, miserable night out in the Karoo scrubland. They bounced back this morning after a hearty breakfast at the Elandsberg support station and are currently making good time on their way to Stuttgart, after which they’ll be heading home to the finish in Cradock tonight.
Not far behind them is Tim, who had a long hard night on the trail between Romansfontein and Hofmeyr. He’s still battling with nausea and vomiting but keeps soldiering on, determined to also reach the finish sometime tonight. Having left Elandsberg already, he’s now on his way to Stuttgart.
Further back we have Batch C riders Theo, Colin, Gavin and Henry, who left Romansfontein this morning and are hoping to get to Hofmeyr for lunch before pushing on to Elandsberg for tonight.
The next arrivals expected in Cradock are the riders of Batch B – Fiona, Leon, Craig, Annie and Stewart, together with Jonathan from Batch A. They are currently making their way up the Schufteberg portage and should make it to Cradock by mid afternoon.