The race website is up again, so the latest rider progress tables are posted on it once more and not on this site.
This is the 1st rider progress graph update of the day, which makes last night's picture more complete compared with last night's posting. It has been indicated that Alex Harris arrived at Kranskop at around 22h30 last night, behind Martin Dreyer who arrived at 20h20. This puts Martin's average speed a little faster than Alex, based on their 2 arrival times at Kranzkop, Martin averaging 8.05km/hour since his race started, with Alex averaging a slightly slower 7.85km/hour (Note: the timing is continuous from when the race starts, i.e it includes all resting time in the calculation).
At the front of the field, in terms of geographic location, Gerrit Pretorius and Brian 'O Regan reached van de Venters Kraal 1084 km into the race. They are thus about as near as you'll get to the half way mark.
The number of riders that have withdrawn from the race remains at 12 to date. 36 thus remain. As the race progresses, however, the drop out rate generally gets less, so one should probably (hopefully) not expect this number to increase dramatically from here on, although riders may still be quite vulnerable until they get out of the freezing cold Eastern Cape High country an down into the slightly less-cold Karoo.
Graham Bird's average speed of 5.72km/hour put him in 3rd place average speed-wise as at Chesneywold (after 560kms) last night. Garth Flanders had the 4th average speed, but this was only after 434kms, and he is reportedly having knee troubles, besides not yet having embarked on the muddy stretch beyond Naude's Neck and Rhodes yet.
The two guys whose average speed perhaps under-states their position in the race a little is that of Mike Woolnough and Trevor Ball at 5.52 km/hour. I say it understates their position in the race a little because they are significantly further down the route that Graham and Garth, having covered 695kms to Kranskop as at last night. Good going Guys