Then there were the 2 men furthest down the road to Cape Town, i.e. Hennie De Clerq and Gerrit Pretorius. They went 0.5 of a day behind the 26-day "schedule by appearing not going all the way from Slaapkrans to the following scheduled overnight stop that is Vaalbank. Instead, they seem to have called it a day at Moordenaarspoort "halfway station" (unless lack of cellphone reception made a rider update from Vaalbank impossible). That's not necessarily a bad move for a social rider, as all the way to Vaalbank can be a long day, and Moordenaarspoort is actually only about 2-3 hours short of Vaalbank, so they should make this up easily and get back on the programme later in the race. But for now they're a little "behind par". The rest of the riders still in the race are all "on par" for 26 days, but bear in mind that it becomes far easier to skip support stations later in the race nearer to Cape Town.
We have 48 riders either having started or still scheduled to start the RASA. Of those, 3 have dropped out after starting so we're down to 45.
Batch H went off today, and includes the Extreme Triathlon athletes who completed the Umgeni Trail Run from Durban to Maritzburg yesterday. Kili2Cape man August Carstens is among then (www.kili2cape.co.za). Good luck with climbing Hella Hella after running almost Comrades distance te previous day.