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  • 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.

  • 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.

    Good insight! One thing that Nelson did that was interesting was to get the people who were out of time at CP1 to take a short cut to (?) Naryn. That meant they were ahead of most of the riders still racing. That made sense from the pov of not having people strung out in remote country but, at the time, I thought it seemed a bit unfair on the guys who were racing, if the scratchers get to town first, book the hotels and eat the food. Sounds like it had other effects too!

    As soon as I did some research and stopped underestimating it, I decided it was way too hard for me and and dropped out!

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