Race Office packed up and hit the road today – destination Cradock. Things didn’t go quite as planned, a puncture in Barkly East and a detour to Chesneywold to collect Robbie McIntosh, meant a delay in getting to the other end.
Robbie got about 30km out of Rhodes before he started experiencing chest pains and having difficulty breathing. He opted to withdraw to go in search of a doctor and was noticeably disappointed with today’s turn of events.
The rest of his batch made rapid progress out of Rhodes. Tim was going well until mid afternoon when he slowed – he seems to be struggling and is not feeling well. The end result is that he’s staying at Moordenaarspoort tonight trying to recover.
And then there are the non-stop night riding brigade. Just up the road are Mike and Casper, who checked in at Kranskop for a quick supper – they then left to take on the night, next stop Brosterlea and who knows after that…
At the same time Alex is nearing Brosterlea – a quick pit stop there and he’ll be off to tackle the Stromberg portage
The rest of the batches are already asleep but all made good progress today – thanks in part to the superb riding conditions – clear skies, dry roads and only a gentle breeze.
Batch C riders Theo, Colin, Gavin and Henry are staying at Kranskop tonight, while Anthony is at Brosterlea (he’s still battling with tyre issues)
Batch B riders Fiona, Leon, Craig, Annie and Stewart, together with Batch A rider Jonathan are all staying at Romansfontein tonight.
Making first tracks at the moment are Carl and Coen who had another good day, going all the way from Romansfontein to Stuttgart – they’ve ticked off some impressive days so far and are due in Cradock sometime tomorrow (Monday) morning.