Glenn, now "our man on the course", will be doing some updating on the race leader Martin Dreyer on his expected arrival at Willowmore. In the mean time, here's the update of the rider progress tables, including Martin Dreyer and Alex Harris times as at Cumbria, shortly after having negotiated thed rop down the Osseberg jeeptrack, through the Grootrivier Valley and into the Baviaanskloof.
Martin once again maintained his spot at the top of the average rider speed table at Cumbria support station, which is 1,330.5km into the race. He arrived at 09h20 this morning, averaging 7.77km/hour sonce the race started. Alex Harris pulled into Cumbria at 13h40, 4 hours and 20 minutes behind Dreyer, thus averaging 7.57km/hour for the race so far.
Let's look at this compared to race record pace. Last year, on his record breaking ride, Alex Harris reached Cumbria in 8 days and 1 hour after a difficult night through the flood-damage Grootrivier section. By comparison, Dreyer reached Cumbria in 7 days, 2 hours and 20 minutes, thus 22 hours and 40 minutes ahead of record pace. Harris also bettered last year's pace, arriving at Cumbria in 7 days, 7 hours and 40 minutes, 17 hours and 20 minutes ahead of last year's record pace.
Another milestone was reached early this morning when Dreyer overtook Gerrit Pretorius and Brian 'o Regan, the men who had headed the field in terms of being furthest down the track to Cape Town. The two reportedly slept out in the Grootrivier Valley.
And 3rd placed Graham Bird?
He is reportedly moving through the night to Toekomst support station, which would put him on track for Bucklands or Hadley tomorrow. How does he compare with last year's record? Alex Harris made it to Bucklands last year in 7 days and 9 hours. Should he get to Bucklands, Graham's time will be just over 8 days, putting him a day or so behind existing record pace.