Race leader, Martin Dreyer is reported to be making good time to Prince Albert, and Glenn expects hime to arrive there in the next hour or so.
Glenn indicates that the conditions are superb, and that the much-vaunted westerly wind into the riders' faces has not materialised.
Martin has opened up an approximate 7 hour lead on Alex Harris, and after a short rest in Prince Albert he is expected to start the climb up the Swartberg Pass and over and down into Die Hel (Gamkaskloof).
The riders will have to start working harder again, as the cumulative climb is very significant.
To the support station in die Hel:
The expected riding time is 6-7 hours
Cumulative ascent: +2222
Cumulatice descent: -2520
At the current pace, Martin could reach Die Hel perhaps around 22h00 tonight, and it is possible that he will attempt the climb out of Die Hel to Rouxpos before sleeping at Rouxpos support station a few hours on. The main navigation challenge in that case would be finding the bottom of "Die Leer", the old historic donkey track portage up out of Die Hel.
But that's for later. First to Prince Albert, a break, and then the Swartberg pass and into Die Hel for Martin.