Today could almost be described as a rest day, and following yesterday’s tough ride it was a welcome relief.
The morning ride was still quite tough, though overnight rain made riding in the sand much easier. Some teams struggled with the difficult sandy conditions, and a rider from team Japan crashed his bike and hurt his foot enough to have to withdraw from the competition, the second Japanese rider to drop out of the GS Trophy due to injury.
We left Ponta do Ouro and had only 160 km to ride to our next camp. There was just one special test along the way and our beloved Canadians did very well, and this despite hobbling like a gang of geriatrics due to their injuries.
Team Canada finished third in the day’s combined special tests, which included the results of the first photo competition. This places them back in fourth place overall with 77 points. Team Nordic and Team South Africa are tied for second place with 80 points and Team UK still holds the lead with 83 points.
The points spread of the top four teams is tight and any one of them can take the lead. Stay tuned.