Through 47, Walsh struggles to hold 4th

[Note: if you haven’t read last night’s entry, read that first.]

The first chapter of the Appalachians is in the books. As of 5:15a CDT, Walsh still holds 4th at TS 47 in Smithburg, WV, but Souza is gaining.

At first glance, it appears Walsh actually made time on Souza, since Bryce’s lead has increased from 37 minutes to 66 minutes. However, Souza surprised all of us and took a 5 hour break at TS 46 — one hour longer than Bryce.

Removing the time spent off-bike from the calculation, Souza averaged 11.46 MPH while Walsh averaged 9.74 MPH — a significant difference. Although Bryce increased his lead due to the shorter break, round one of this “battle in the mountains” goes to Souza.

As mentioned many times before in this blog, Souza has consistently beat Walsh on the flats during this race. Bryce needs to outrace Souza in the mountains to have a chance. If Bryce leaves the Appalachians even with a small lead, Souza is almost certain to catch him.

GO WALSH GO!

NOTE: keep checking the previous post on podcasts too, because I’m adding more as they come in (although as of this writing, there are none since yesterday).

Here’s the latest map:

As always, email carter@pundo.com with questions, comments, or any changes to the race that you know about, that haven’t been captured here.

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