The Race Across South Africa is one of the tougher one's to follow from a supporter point of view, because the riders are starting in small batches over 10 days.As the race progresses though, and all of the batches have started, a clearer picture will begin to emerge. As at last night (Tuesday 12 June), 4 batches of riders were already "on the road.
The RASA Rider Progress Tables calculate average speed per rider. This average speed is calculated based on the rider's time of arrival at a support station, and important to remember if that the "clock doesn't stop" when the riders are sleeping at support stations or anywhere else. So the total number of kilometres covered from the start of the race to the support station which the rider has reached is taken and divided by the total time that has elapsed since the rider's batch started in Pietermaritzburg.
As at last night, Batch D's Rory Field, John Rex and Elton Priest were heading the rider average speed table with an average speed of 8.29kms/hour, arriving at Allendale support station at 18h00 last night. The 3 were slightly faster than their fellow rider Gerda Milford, who got in to Allendale at 18h45.
These average speeds will quickly slow as the clock ticks overnight though.
None of the riders have yet "skipped" support stations. All are "on par", and if that were to continue for the rest of the race they would reach the finish on the 26th day. This is normal for the "social" riders at this stage of the race, as the KZN section is arguably the toughest part of the race. Skipping support stations becomes more common for the "mere mortals" in the Eastern and Western Cape.
Don't expect the same behaviour for the racing snakes though, who have yet to start. From day 1, one can normally expect fireworks, barring extremely bad weather I guess.
Looking at distances covered as at last night, Hennie de Clerq (at 66 I suspect the oldest man in the race?) and Gerrit Pretorius have progressed the furthest, having started in Batch A on Saturday 9th June, reaching Malekholonyane support station, and have covered 351 kms in 4 days,