Then, moving up the field to somewhere in the middle, we had the saga of Richmond "Shoes" McIntyre, who somehow rode off with Peter Stephens' riding shoes, and had to be apprehended up ahead after a Twitter distress call from Peter, and the shoes returned to their rightful owner. For the rest of the day, the Twitterwaves were clogged with much humourous discussion ensued for much of the day regarding shoe thief Richmond, the suitable penalties for the man, and who his next victim would be.
Further in front of Richmond, at Brosterlea, poor Alex Harris was having serious troubles with his saddle, having broken the bold earlier in the morning. He managed to get out of Brosterlea "shoes and all" before Richmond pounced, but the saddle delays cost him, as race leader Martin Dreyer continued to ride at "faster than record" pace and pile on the pressure. Martin was top of the average speed table this evening, measured up to Hofmeyr support station, at 7.78km/hour, with Alex on 6.99km/hour up until Romansfontein. With Martin having arrived at Romansfontein at 13h30, his lead as at Romansfontein was 6 hrs 20 minutes, and he has since arrived at Hofmeyr at 20h50 this evening.
Will Alex Harris require a new saddle to be brought in? This will incur him a 3 hour daylight time penalty if he does go for this option.
At the moment Dreyer has the initiative. But technical issues and navigation can be a large part of the race, and neither rider is yet at the half way mark distance-wise, so its a long way to go.