Five days on the road and there’s no apparent let up in Abdullah’s lead. He had his first major rest yesterday, clocking up around seven hours off the bike. His closest competitor, 59-year-old Keith Morical, doesn’t appear to have stopped for some time (roughly 24 hours), so his gap will likely increase as the day goes on and Keith is forced to break.
As Abdullah advances into Wyoming (more than 100 miles in and currently the only rider in the state), he gets closer to this year’s alternate route option. It’s either a left turn towards Nebraska – cutting out Colorado and Kansas – or continue straight towards the Rocky Mountains. We have our suspicions which way he’ll head, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Further down the pack, Britt Barcroft is experiencing the first signs of every ultra cyclist’s worst nightmare – knee pain. Valuing the ride itself over blindly pushing through, she’s taking some time to rest up before getting back on the bike. Best wishes Britt!
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Day 5 - We rode 2 miles and then turned around and went back to Baker City. I had some knee pain when I first got on the bike, so we went to safeway to swap out my knee tape for a stronger brace. But as we pedaled out of town my gut told me to stop. Another strong Seattle rider just scratched due to knee issues and I'm a bit shook. I'm not willing to go home and I don't want to dig myself into a place that I can't get out of. I'm not experienced as an ultracyclist so I don't know how much knee pain I can deal with before turning it into a serious problem, but I do know this is one of the most common reasons people scratch. Hoping that a day or two of icing will rehab it enough to get back out there. Obviously we've proven we are capable of some huge days, so maybe we can catch up a bit later on? I'm not at all discouraged, I just want to make sure we don't make the wrong move.