Alex Harris has just passed through the main street of the town of McGregor, on his way to Kasra.
Earlier this morning, Martin Dreyer took a bit of a "cat nap" next to the road. This, and extreme effort by Alex has now closed the gap on Martin significantly. The latest Tracker reading in the main street saw Alex arriving here at 9h53. Martin passed the same point at 06h12.
Martin's lead has thus been cut to 3 hours and 41 minutes as at the McGregor main street.
Is there still a final twist to the tale? Both riders must be pretty tired by now, and Alex probably does not have the luxury of any rest until the finish line if is to win this race.
The Freedom Challenge
The Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa is an "unsupported" non-stage mountain bike race of approximately 2,300 km across South Africa. While recent winners have won in around 11 days, the race cut-off is 26 days. The race starts in Pietermaritzburg in early-to-mid-June, and ends in Paarl near Cape Town. Temperatures are known to drop as low as minus-10 deg. Celsius. While there are periodic "support stations" which will feed and accommodate riders should they require, the race is unsupported in the sense that riders must carry their own clothing and equipment, are responsible for their own maintenance and navigation (without the aid of GPS), and there are no marshalls or safety officials on the course (Race monitoring is done by satellite tracking). Estimates of cumulative ascent are around 37,000 metres, and the highest point on the route is approximately 2,700 metres above sea level. See the following link for an introductory slideshow by Mike Roy - http://mg.co.za/multimedia/2010-02-04-extreme-endurance-the-freedom-challenge