The Tour organisation is clearly very good. I’ve only heard compliments. In Andy’s words this is ‘Another delicious lunch 2 km from the Nile’ – and not what you’re thinking – a pile of broken bicycles.
The bikes on top of the truck could be spare ones. The tour carries a couple of spares for bikes that break and can’t be repaired. A rider may be able to carry on using a borrowed bike.
They might also be the bikes of riders who have elected to ride in the truck. Sharita, in one of her first briefings, made it clear that you don’t need an elaborate excuse to put yourself and your bike on the truck. Most people take a day or half day off occasionally because they’re sick or plain tired. Only a few riders achieve ‘EFI’ status because they’ve ridden Every Fabulous Inch’ of the route.
(There’s another interpretation of the F in EFI…)
Just had a phone call from the man.Today was 145 kms to a Desert Camp near Aswan. Andy sounds strong and happy. His ride is going well. Riding beside the Nile must be amazing…and wonderfully flat!He got into camp today around one, had more excellent food for supper, and was lying in his tent waiting for a riders’ briefing to start.