[Note: if you haven’t read last night’s entry, read that first.]
An extraordinary sequence of events took place in the last leg, and now both riders have reached TS 48 in Grafton, WV, with Souza ahead of Walsh by only 14 minutes.
“Bryce was in the lead halfway to Grafton, and Souza moved to pass,” said crew member Jodi Boettner. “The two riders rode together for a few minutes and exchanged words. It wasn’t a heated exchange by any means — I think they were talking about the other riders behind them.” After the exchange Souza moved ahead, but Bryce picked up his own pace too.
About 20 minutes later, Walsh passed Souza to re-take 4th. Another 20 minutes later, Souza passed Walsh again and held on, to claim the 4th position at Grafton. Souza also has the speed advantage: in the last leg, Souza averaged 16.6 MPH to Walsh’s 11.3.
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:
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