RTC 18 March 2019
The front batch had a very early start with Basels heading out at 4am. Rob, Roger, Dom and Andrew left at 5. They didnt make any mistakes with a quick lunch stop at Brosterlea and then past the Stormberg Blochouse and down to Romansfontein to arrive around 6pm. Justin Dowdle put in a massive effort to pretty much catch up with his batch after starting 3 hours back at Moordenaars.
Team hardcore also moved well today, managing the tricky morning over slaapkrans and bonthoek portage with precision and then slogged out a long and tough afternoon to Kranskop arriving just after dark.
The 3rd batch left Rhodes this morning. This batch consists of local farmer and Freedom Challenge stalwart Ray Sephton as well as Charles Hughs, Greg Fisher, Ron Smythe and the 4 mates riding together: Don Tocknell, Jason Crookes, Gary Erusmus and Russell Wood.
Charles was quick out the blocks. Greg caught him just before Chesneywold and they stuck together to make Slaapkrans by 2. Ray was about an hour back nursing a bit of a fever and the foursome had a smooth day arriving at around 4pm. Ron looked to be having a very strong day but slowed in the late afternoon and eventually got caught coming off the Kopokkraal in the dark. He missed the start of the track at Spitkoppe so struggled down near the river for a few hours before coming to standstill, at which, Andre and Llewellyn went up to rescue him and he rode down for a 11pm finsh.