Expedition Africa – The twists & turns of day 3

Expedition Africa: Day Three/ Tuesday                                                     Photography: Bruce Viaene
Expedition Africa: Day Three/ Tuesday Photography: Bruce Viaene

Day three of Expedition Africa proved to be an extremely interesting day for both the teams taking part in the 544km adventure race and the arm chair experts sitting at home dot watching.

Within the last 24hours, more than five athletes have bowed out of the unrelenting adventure race due to injury and/or fatigue. Trackers that have either problems along the way or dropped in signal have left our ‘dot watchers’ panicked as they sit restless, anticipating their teams next move.

However, what these dot watchers sadly cannot experience is the phenomenal camaraderie shared between teams as they paddle into the last light of a tough day, laughing at the top of their lungs. The dynamic of an adventure racing team proves its importance in an event like Expedition Africa. In this type of race; teams are not only pushed to the limits physically, moreover they are pushed mentally.

Leaders of this phenomenal race, Featherbed Painted Wolf (RSA) have proved that their dynamic seems to be working. The team has not raced together in years, and this sudden come back has set the bar high above the rest. Unfortunately within all the hype of the adventure race, it has been confirmed that Featherbed Painted Wolf have missed checkpoint 17, which could be detrimental to their well navigated and raced lead.

“The team have the opportunity to go back and find this check point before they finish the race” shares race organiser, Stephan Muller.

Due to the leading team racing 6 hours below the estimated schedule, Muller has reworked the route taking out T13 and T14 from the original course to ensure all teams out on the route finish by Friday; 20 May 2016.

The route will now feature the following adjustments for all teams in the field:

  • Leg 12: 13km Kayak to T10
  • Leg 13: 118km Cycle to T11
  • Leg 14: 26km  Trek to T12
  • Leg 15: 17km Cycle to T15
  • Leg 16: 9km Kayak to Finish

Team Featherbed Painted Wolf  would discuss the reworked route option and their outstanding checkpoint capture this evening and decide on a plan. ‘Dot Watchers’ are now expected to sit on the edge of their seat, waiting and watching whether the team make the CP retrieval, and if so, whether the Merrell Adventure Addicts or Sweco Adventures catch the team to make an interesting finish.

 

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