1000 Miler/Karoo Dash/FreeState Dash Race Update – 5 July 2017
Tuesday saw lots of tired legs as the riders put in a valiant effort on Tuesday.
John Goddard brought up the rear of the field as he battled to make the 06h00 race cut off at Colesburg. John rode through the night to make it on time, heading towards the Jewel of the Karoo.
John, Wimpie and Craig all made it through to the Jewel of the Karoo with a plan to make it to Loxton, at a push, Fraserburg.
Michael worked hard to get from Philiposis to De Aar. His goal is to reach Loxton today.
On the Karoo Dash, Lynn and Kevin rode into Merriman, through Victoria West, and reached Loxton by the end of the day, to some lovely lamb chops and milkshakes. They successfully covered more mileage than what they hoped to cover yesterday. This morning, Lynn and Kevin left early for Fraserberg.
Jo and Matthew had a hard day’s ride from Colesberg, missing their target by staying at Richmond overnight. This morning, Matthew withdrew from the race due to an elbow injury. Jo is continuing onwards at a strong pace.
Tim left De Aar at 01h30am last night, riding at a slow and even pace to reach Loxton at 19h15. Tim, at 65 years, is the oldest competitor in the field, however, he’s one of the most competitive. Having left Loxton early this morning, Tim will push to get past Sutherland.
The Bell duo (Dave and Dawn) made it to Loxton with daylight to spare. Leaving early, they’re also trying to push past Sutherland, with a goal to reach the famous Bizansgat overnight stop that’s nestled in the mountains between Sutherland and Ceres. They’re chasing Cindy and Sarah, who arrived at Loxton at 14h30 yesterday afternoon, leaving for Fraserburg soon thereafter to finish their day.
Cindy and Sarah have gotten stronger as the race has been progressing, and the smiles don’t fade very quickly. It’s great to watch these two ladies push onward.
The next day or so could see some of the riders make a big push to the finish line at Big Bay Bloubergstrand.
The current race record is set at 6 days and 14 hours. Could there be a new race record on the cards? We’ll have to wait and see!