FATIGUE SETS IN BUT SPIRITS ARE HIGH WITH ONLY 5 DAYS TO GO UNTIL THEY ARE SCHEDULED TO REACH CAPE TOWN AND BREAK THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE FASTEST HUMAN CROSSING OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT. 

~N.A.MARTIN

‘Yesterday and today have nearly finished me off suffering from heat stroke my body temperature hit 41c yesterday while the air temp was 45. My body was trying to cope and lowered my temp down to 33c. No feeling exhausted and still battling headwinds – trying to hang in there one pedal stroke at a time’-Nick Bourne

Fatigue and heat exhaustion in the riders have forced them to stop during the heat of the day and continue the cycle throughout the night. They have completed 33 days of cycling and are aiming to make Cape Town by Sunday to break the world record in a very quick 38 days.

The above photo of David Martin-my brother in-law, tears pieces off me. I have never seen him look so broken.

Nick Bourne has a shocking case of heat stroke, and Mark Blewett is suffering tendinitis and saddle sores, however their fighting spirit is evident as they battle on despite their ailments.

With only 5 days left, they are on the home straight, but it’s not over, as they approach the arid conditions of the Kalahari desert.

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‘The team are roughly 340km from Gaborone, and with any luck they will be at the South African border tomorrow morning. Only a few more days to go now! Allez allez!’

‘Botswana is proving to be really tough going. Savage headwinds, 40 degree heat and tough, mind numbingly long flat roads for hundreds of kilometres, which has resulted in heat stroke and a shortened day today. Tomorrow the team are due to hit the Kalahari but 4 weeks of constant pressure on their bodies is making them way more susceptible to the elements and heat exhaustion. Mouth ulcers, saddle sores, tendonitis, and chronic fatigue are all making this last push for home a real struggle.’ -Mark Blewett

‘The team tried to make it to Nata which was 377km from Victoria Falls. They fell a little short of that and stopped at 9pm, so they’ve camped by the roadside last night. They saw a lion on the way in and plenty of elephants, giraffes, kudu, eland, duiker and buffalo. They have made the perimeter and hoped to wake up with all their limbs still attached; think the sign says it all!’-Carocap

‘They should be in Cape Town next Sunday and are looking forward to a lie in after 38 days of 4am starts and very little sleep.’

‘Chris Giles doing an emergency route recalculation . We have done 130 km so far but Nick is suffering badly today from the heat so we are going to sleep for 4 hours in Palapye then ride through the night to reach Gaberone. A rest day would be the best solution but we have to push for a Sunday Cape Town finish and 38 days. That would be 4 days better than the current World record and not a day to soon to get off this bike !! -Mark Blewett

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