Grand Traverse Record Race

24 Mar 2014 08:41 #59937 by Stijn
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Cleft Peak (52km) in ~8.5h! I believe the previous best time to Cleft was about 12h... if they can keep this up, we are going to see a serious smashing of the current record.
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24 Mar 2014 11:50 #59949 by ghaznavid
67km (almost a third of the way through) in under 12 hours. So accounting for slowing down at the end and sleeping for a few hours it seems like they are well on track to hit their 45 hour target.

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24 Mar 2014 12:50 #59951 by Smurfatefrog

67km (almost a third of the way through) in under 12 hours. So accounting for slowing down at the end and sleeping for a few hours it seems like they are well on track to hit their 45 hour target.

Not a few hours ;)

“I’m planning to take three short naps of about 20 to 30 minutes each,” says Ryan. “I'll drink the Red Bull just before my nap and then pass out for 20-minutes – I’ll be so knackered that I’ll just crash – and then will be good to go after that as it kicks in.”

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24 Mar 2014 16:03 #59963 by ghaznavid
I really like this live stats thing!

Mafadi in 15h56! The lead is up to 35km now. I wonder - is sub-40 hours actually a possibility?

The GPS track is for 207km, 90km in 16 hours, at that average pace that would be 37 hours. 2 hours for sleep would give them 39 hours - but I imagine they will slow down a lot at the end.

Perhaps it would be fun to place bets on the final time. Closest result gets 2c rounded off to the nearest increment of 5c? :laugh:

I'm going with 41h27...

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25 Mar 2014 07:29 #59969 by JonWells
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Looks like they've only slept around 36min so far. 154km completed and currently 45km ahead of record pace.

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25 Mar 2014 07:30 #59970 by Stijn
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Ghaz, that guess of yours is starting to look very accurate! If they finish strongly, they may be able to sneak under 40h. Daylight is on their side now!

What a phenomenal effort...

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25 Mar 2014 08:50 #59973 by AndrewP
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I will stand by my feelings for years that sub 40 is possible, and support the guys in favour of being good enough to do it: so, here is a guess of 39 hrs!

Amazing bit of strategy on their side to do the long haul from Giants to Thabana Ntlenyana at night so they can keep running in the dark

The rules have now been changed forever, well done guys

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25 Mar 2014 10:10 #59979 by ghaznavid
So they have just passed the Sandleni Ridge - still No Man's, Verkyker, Mashai and Walker to go.

That's crazy - the stretch we covered in the first 2 days of GT in 2012 is what they have left. And those were some of the hardest days of the GT! I don't know if its possible to understand how fit these guys must be!

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25 Mar 2014 10:52 #59982 by Selous
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Wow, once over Wilson or Walker Peak (sorry I don't have my map with me, peak names a bit sketchy in my head). They are then on the homeward stretch. Men amoungst men.
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25 Mar 2014 11:05 #59983 by ghaznavid
They have the map at www.redbull.com/za/en/adventure/events/1331625638350/drakensberg-grand-traverse/live-map

They are on the No Man's ridge right now, almost at the top of Mzimkhulu Pass.

Roughly 38km to go, 25 hours left to break the record. Come on - finish strong!
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