The crew have had a bit of a shocker with navigation today - the turnoff to MacDonald Downs was an issue for some, and quite a few turned away from the Wharfedale in Lees Valley.
For a large chunk of the field, Day 3 will start from Sheffield or Springfield, followed by a big old sealed climb up to Porters Pass. The traverse to Arthurs Pass is riddled with small climbs, but a big feed, and a huge descent await. The drop down through Otira and to Jacksons should be very fast, and then riders turn off to do a mostly gravel lap out the back of Lake Brunner. Then, they cross the Grey River and make there way north-west to Ikamatua on the unsealed side.
The riders will be stocking up at the Ikamatua store, assuming its open on Waitangi Day. The Waiuta-Big River loop awaits.
|Not the Big River hut at Big River|
At the rate Ollie's going, I wouldn't be surprised to see him get as far as St Arnaud. Surely Nelson's out of reach, just...