As mentioned earlier, Alex Harris has had issues with his saddle, having “bust a bolt” as he tweeted early this morning. He made it to Brosterlea at around …., but probably had to stand and pedal for much of the way. Needless to say the gap became quite significant between himself and frontrunner Martin Dreyer who is steaming towards Hofmeyr (about 10km outside Hofmeyr at time of writing) and possibly the tricky Elandsberg portage before the night is out. Dreyer arrived at Romansfontein at around 13h15-13h30, had lunch and moved quickly to the Aasvoelberg portage.
Alex Harris has reportedly just rolled in at around 19h45. As I understand he made a “makeshift” plan with his saddle at Brosterlea and soldiered on manfully. There was some speculation over the Twitterwaves of him incurring a time penalty should he receive any “drive-in assistance”, i.e. should any organized spare parts/help be driven in for him. Race Office clarified that such drive-in assistance would incur a 3 hour time penalty which would start AFTER receiving the drive-in assistance.
But to date, no such assistance has been taken, so no penalty. Nevertheless. Alex’s woes have contributed to a significant gap of in the region of 6-6.5 hours opening up between the 2 riders as at Romansfontein. Assuming that he is continuing shortly, Harris goes straight into the Aasvoelberg portage in the dark.
Some guesses?? Alex would want to push on at least to Hofmeyr tonight. And Martin? Probably to stay one support station ahead by attempting Elandsberg portage tonight to get to Elandsberg support station.