He shot out of the start blocks in Pietermaritzburg, with Trevor Ball in his wake and only really stopped when he got to Rhodes (The two of them had only 4 hours of sleep on the way to Rhodes!) Along the way they flew past other riders from the earlier batches, and with Mike's incredible route knowledge, got through all the scratchy bits cleanly, except for Lehana's, where the mud and pitch blackness of the night slowed them momentarily.
With the first goal ticked off, Mike and Trevor then slacked off and spent the next 3 days fighting their way through the mud in the Stormberg region. Along the way Mike picked up an injury to his right leg which further hampered his progress but he soldiered on as far as Grootdam before stopping for most of the day to recover. (Trevor went on ahead, riding with Theo van Dyk)
A few 'standard' days followed, which got him to Dam se Drif and then he went crazy again... A long push to Prince Albert, a double up to Rouxpos and a non-stop push from there through to the finish. He got to know the sleep monsters really well along that final stretch and tried to hide from them by napping in various bushes and gutters along the road. But despite all this, he was always chirpy and always smiling - if there was a prize for the rider who had the most fun this year, the Nutty Prof. would win it hands down!