The Atacama Crossing 2007
Incredibly, at this point I was in 4th place overall and I began to think I could get on the podium. In front of me were Rob (NZ), Jon (UK) and Ben (US) was in my sights. I decided to make my move on the long (80km) day and went out hard, pushing the pace from the front. Only Jon kept up but after the first checkpoint he pushed on and I was alone for most of the day. This 50 mile effort took in more of every geological aspect and more - desert, dunes, dry river bed valleys, windy passes and culminated in a night crossing of Valle de la Luna arriving in darkness at the final camp. Just as I was making the final effort to climb through the valley I caught Jon who was struggling badly. I asked if there was anything I could do but he told me to carry on and take the stage. This made me feel even stronger and I sped up to cross the finish line first in a little over 10hrs. I stayed up for a while to watch other racers finish and then got my head down for some well earned rest.
When I woke I learnt that I had overtaken Ben and clinched 3rd place with a total time of around 33hrs. I was ecstatic - aching, blistered and totally happy.
Posted by Oliver at 8/29/2007 10:04:00 PM