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  • 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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