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  • Scroll up a few inches for scratch rate info!

    What was the final scratch rate. I wonder what the main reasons were? Heard a bit about dodgy guts. No one really mentioned altitude that much. The storms and hundreds of k of hike-a-bike would probably put me off the most.

  • Sorry, thought I had put that in. 30 finishers, 63 scratched, so about 1 in 3 success rate.
    Quite a few people were out of time at the first control, basically because it was so tough. And others got caught out in the weather, eg Chris Phillips got hit by a storm on top of the mountain and asked to be rescued by a passing race car.
    One thought is that the some people who reported food poisoning could have had altitude sickness

  • Talking to a couple of finishers, they felt like a lot of people underestimated the terrain and resupply opportunities. Generally making a lot of stupid decisions when, in their opinion, these people should have known better (based on experience) or sucked it up (sponsor blah blah).

    Sounds like the main bunch points (towns) became a somewhat toxic whinge-fest with people nudging each other to scratch to relieve the guilt of scratching themselves.

    Nelson has something else up his sleeve, not sure if it's 2019 or 2020 but it sounds hard, high, long and gravelly.

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