1000 Miler/Karoo Dash/FreeState Dash Race Update – 8 July 2017
On Friday a cold front loomed over the Western Cape, which made the riders hasten to arrive ahead of the weather. William Cairns and John Goddard arrived in Fraserberg and stayed that night, ready to leave in the early hours of the morning as they headed for Bizangat. If the snow does arrive, they might get caught in it.
Michael Ortlepp pulled a double shift as he rode from Loxton to Sutherland, and he’s heading towards Ceres now. This 200km stretch is proving to be rather infamous and should not be underestimated at all.
Craig Tomlinson had a very long day, with him still nursing an injury. He rode from Sutherland to Ceres, leaving at 08h00 and arriving at 05h00 on Friday morning. This shows great tenacity from him. Today we’ll see him head for the finish line.
Jo Mackenzie, John le Roux and Wimpie Stander finished the race at 23h20 on Friday evening, completing the race in a time of 6 days, 18 hours and 20 minutes. During the race, this trio of riders bonded so well since they started riding together from Victoria West. And we’ve been told that Jo’s learnt a few new words during the race.
Tim van Coller arrived at the finish, completing the race in 6 days, 6 hours and 42 minutes. As we’ve said before, at 65, Tim’s the oldest competitor in the race and he’s shown that he’s one of the toughest people around.
The Karoo Dash also came to a close last night, when Kevin Davie and Lynn Morris finished the race, arriving during peak hour traffic at Big Bay, completing the race in a time of 5 days, 11 hours and 40 minutes.
Today, we’ll see the remaining riders slowly creep towards the finish line. With around 10cm’s of snow expected, this last stretch of the 1000 Miler could be a cold one!