Things starting to spread out a bit more as at just before 19h00, according to Tracker. Leader of the racing snakes, Martin Dreyer, appears to be just short of Ntsikeni northern entrance already. This is impressive, and I would guess is starting to stack up for an arrival at Ntsikeni at perhaps 21h00 or so. I am now convinced he's starting to think of life on the other side of May Lodge (Ntsikeni) support station tonight already. Masakala (night 3 for the mortals) support station perhaps tomorrow morning??? He's looking impressive whatever the case. Alx Harris appeared a little back from Martin, still winding his way up the long climb towards Ntsikeni.
But the drama is back down the hill at Centocow, where Glenn and riding partner Andre Visser are resting for a few hours at Centocow. As mentioned in his pre-race interview, he didn't discount the possibility of a less aggressive race strategy in the early stages, and called not so long ago saying he was "flat", lacking energy, and in need of rest. He found Hella Hella climb out of Umkomaas Valley particularly tough today.
So we'll be watching the tracker tonight to see at what stage Glenn and Andre get moving again. Sometimes a rider just has to stop and rest, but to stay in the race it can't be for too long.
In that sort of condition to stop at Centocow is probably wise, as there are massive climbs straight after this on the road up to Ntsikeni. And the stop at Centocow may have some positive spin-offs in the sense that it starts to break the riders up, as some begin to run to different schedules regarding resting and riding. That can just cool the intensity down a little, and riders can begin to focus on their own schdule as opposed to possibly riding themselves into the ground.
So, while Glen rests, the next event watch is happening up the hill at Ntsikeni to see what Martin does when he gets there, and if he goes on tonight past Ntsikeni, will Alex follow him? This race has started off at a blistering pace today.