Why a darkzone on a trek leg I hear you scream out – buffalo. Big cranky buffalo who don’t like their sleep disturbed. Usually people in this area would carry a rifle for safety. For teams it’s a spirit of adventure and an air horn. Apparently the buffalo’s like to “charge” at intruders. Tired legs of a racers against a charging buffalo is not good odds. Hence the darkzone and a few local experts to assist with safety. Should the race have been put through here – absolutely. It is “made in heaven” AR perfection. Wild, dangerous and beautiful. Remember the name Baviaanskloof. Everyone in this race will.
But first they had to get to the trek leg to enable them to start it as early as possible, to allow maximum daylight to try and make the distance. How – by riding hard in leg 5 and sleeping another day. Push hard to then push with everything you have hopeful of some respite afterwards.
The leaders are starting to show their race faces. Several teams are looking a step above the rest. They are 25 SKYLOTEC ADVENTURE (Sweden), 26 THUNDERBOLT AR (Australia), 09 EAST WIND (Japan) and local favourites 08 NEVAREST JABBERWOCK (Sth Africa). Check the current leader board but these four are looking prominent enough to say they want to win badly. Make mistakes though and there are at least another 4 teams ready to take their positions. Skylotec and Thunderbolt AR seems to be locked in the ring for supremacy and recently they must have seen each other. Thunderbolt AR took the lead for a little way but Skylotex snatched it back again. The recent ARWS races have had some serious competition at the front showing that the standard of teams is very strong across many nations.
To top it off right as I type this live report comes in:
“Thunderbolt AR arrived at Transition 7 first! The team raced extremely well last night, gaining a lead on Skylotec. The organisers are completely blown away by the efficiency in the team when it comes to passing through the transition as fast as possible. Thunderbolt AR are already on their 4km rope work trek, which will zipline them straight into T8. Skylotec are expected to reach T7 any minute!”
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