Day 1 of the Race to Cradock has just wrapped up with the whole of Batch A arriving together at Slaapkranz support station at 14h30. They were all in good spirits when the race office intercepted them on the way up to the Kapokkraal portage, full of smiles and enjoying the balmy weather.
That puts the whole batch in joint first place at the moment – not that any of them are fighting for positions at this stage, although there could well be a fight on the go at Slaapkranz for a spot on the couch.
At the same time, the riders of Batch B have all arrived in Rhodes and are busying themselves with bike building and kit checking. Tomorrow they set off at 5am to test the legs and see how far down the trail they can get before the rumours of rain become actual rain drops and try to spoil their fun.