After a period of quiet following the spectacular end to the duel between Martin Dreyer and Alex Harris on Friday evening/Saturday morning, 3rd placed Graham Bird finished at Diemersfontein today, along with Theo van Dyk and Trevor Ball.
Sadly for him, perhaps, he probably won't get the acknowledgement that he deserves, such was the standard of the race up front between Martin and Alex. Graham finished the race in 13 days, 9 hours and 5 minutes. While well behind the new "standard" set by Martin, his time beats Tim James' 2011 record setting ride, as well as being just inside Glenn's 2nd placed 2012 ride time, to make it the 4th best time in the history of the race.
Well done Graham.
Graham arrived with Trevor Ball and Theo van Dyk. Trevor is a likely candidate for 4th position, having finished in front of his I batch riding partner for much of the race, Mike Woolnough, who is due tonight, and could take 5th spot.
Trevor's race time was 15 days, 9 hours and 5 minutes. I say a likely 4th place, because there is still Andre Visser that stands a very outside chance. But Andre has slipped a little off the pace, having only reached Prince Albert at 14h20 today. Having started 2 days behind Trevor, he would have to be at Diemersfontein on Wednesday by 15h05. That would now appear unlikely.
Our lone woman, Dawn Bell, is riding nicely. She arrived in Montagu today, and looks set for a 21-22 day finish.
At time of writing, 5 riders are finished. That still leaves 23 riders out on the course, with Mike Woolnough due tonight.