Day 2 Heat and Long roads !

December 30, 2016

IMG_2137< Day two started early for most, and riders left their various overnight stops and rode into brilliant sunshine. Tim Van Coller woke after 2 hours and started riding at 12 last night. Tim needed to correct a navigational error and he rode an extra 60 km to get back to Giyani. Tim then led the race into Hoedspruit for the rest of the day. There were not the mechanical problems of day 1 only chain adjustments, but little navigational errors are costing some riders time. It may be said that Team Yolo maybe riding a scenic route but as they were in the same area as Tim was last night I suspect they were lost. Team Yolo stopped at the Eiland resort for the night tonight. For a little R&R. With temperatures in the upper 30’s C today the riders started to suffer in the heat. Water became a priority to prevent dehydration. The roads were long and never ending today through Limpopo and nearing Mpumalanga. The hectic traffic of yesterday has given way to battling the big trucks heading to the port of Maputo in Mozambique. At 12h00 Nick from the Broke Butt Mountain team decided to withdraw from the race. Nick arrived in South Africa with a cold and after experiencing extreme saddle soreness decided to become a tourist. Dan, Nick’s riding partner has carried on and at the time of writing is at the front of the race. Nick’s spirit, and experience has given other riders a useful insight into long distance, self supported stage racing. Nick completed the Trans Continental last year. Dan & Nic

Once again the route choices have been varied, with Max heading off to Sabie, Pete the Vet and Johann ending up in Polokwane and now heading for Lydenburg. Several riders cutting across country and riding back roads. It’s been another Continue reading

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