DAY 36-An almighty 428 km day, cycling around the clock.
‘Tomorrow we will cover another 330km and then it is the home run to Cape Town . Not a day too soon’ -Mark
‘We have covered another 420+ kilometers. It’s madness’-Mark Blewett
The team are on target for a late afternoon finish (5-6pm) on Suday 15 th November, that is 0200-0300 Aussi time, early Monday morning 16th. Heat, illness, fatigue and raging head winds are currently dictating the teams riding schedule. All reports indicate they are cycling around the clock, breaking their legs into sections that suit depending on conditions. According to Mark, the cyclists schedules sometimes differ to suit their individual preference.
‘We are all riding on different schedules now because of preference of riding times as we all scramble for survival. That’s all this is now.’
With only 2 days of cycling remaining, the guys are running on empty.
Their bodies are broken, yet they are churning the kilometres, pedal by pedal, in a seemingly effortless manner. We view their average speeds and daily distances from our comfortable lounge rooms, and nod in approval, whilst drinking tea and heading for a good nights sleep. Their motor? Superb mind strength, heart, belief, excellent preparation, supreme athleticism, perseverance and an unwavering focus on their goal. In the words of Mark Blewett,
’38 days is still on but with a gigantic struggle …and this is us right now… Dehydrated, nauseous and wasted out somewhere near Victoria West…. The hits just keep rolling’ . As great as this experience has been , I can’t wait to get this finished’
‘The CAROCAP team were still fighting the wind today – a 40mph headwind! Today’s stage started at 9pm last night, and finished 428km later, this afternoon, in Victoria West. Time for some food and some well earned rest before another 325km tomorrow and then the final 270 km into Cape Town on Sunday. It’s getting really exciting now, and morale is high :)’ -Carocap
‘Tomorrow we will cover another 330 and then it is the home run to Cape Town . Not a day too soon’ -Mark
‘The team has a little over 2 days left of their race across Africa. They’ve practically been through hell, from relentless headwinds, scorching temperatures, treacherous roads and, even now, chronic fatigue.-Swift Carbon Bikes
‘An absolutely MASSIVE effort for the #CAROCAP team today! To think that they have around 10 000 km in the legs. Join us at the V&A Waterfront this Sunday to welcome them in. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter channels for updates as to what time we expect them to arrive’ #worldrecord #fast-Swift Carbon Bikes
‘I have just arrived in victoria West after an epic 428 km stage which started at 21:00 last night. The final 104 km from Britstown was into a 40 mph headwind. Now eating boboti before getting some shut eye. Then another 325 km before the final 270 km into Cape Town. Getting excited’ -Nick Bourne
‘It is difficult to say really where the last day of riding started or finished . In the last 24 hours broken down over 2 sessions , we have covered another 420+ kilometers. It’s madness . As great as this experience has been , I can’t wait to get this finished now. We are all riding on different schedules now because of preference of riding times as we all scramble for survival . That’s all this is now. 38 days is still on but with a gigantic struggle . Tomorrow we will cover another 330 and then it is the home run to Cape Town . Not a day too soon. Looking forward to seeing family and friends’ -Mark Blewett
VIDEO FOOTAGE-Kip the team medic talks of wild dogs attacking the cyclists
One of the craziest tales so far is of mad wild dogs intent on attacking the cyclists -It is recounted here by Kip Thompson, the #CAROCAP team’s medic. Watch the video below:
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