At 1:30a CDT, Bryce made it to TS 32 in Camdenton, MO. Even more impressive, he has passed rider Kenny Souza to obtain the 4th position.
What this means: First, Bryce was unable to rest when he needed, due to the strategic decision to try beat out the rain. Second, he ended up battling those same rains anyway, because this strategy failed him. And even with all this, Bryce managed to overcome these obstacles, pass a competitor, and remain a force to be reckoned with in this event.
If you want to point to one single feat that underscores exactly what kind of man Bryce is, look no further. Then again, the race is far from over — it won’t surprise anyone if he manages to top this feat by the time he makes New Jersey.
I just received a text message from crew leader Thomas Bérubé:
“Bryce is in Camdenton. He was so sleepy that it became a safety issue. He will sleep there then ride to the MCP [Mandatory Control Point] in Jefferson City for shower & massage.”
What Thomas is talking about is the situation outlined in the previous post: strategically, Thomas would like to push on through Camdenton, since Bryce is not required to rest there, but he is required to rest in Jefferson City for at least two hours.
Keep in mind, though, that Bryce would have loved to stop at the previous time station, except for one thing: only certain time stations are designated as “control points,” or stations where riders are allowed to rest and have this rest count towards their 40-hour required minimum. The previous station is not a control point, and therefore it’s extremely prohibitive to stop at such a station.
Completely exhausted, Bryce was quite literally forced to press on to Camdenton. It’s fair to say, this man has earned his rest.
Thanks for all your comments! They are being relayed directly to the crew chief and from there to Bryce. He’s lucky to have all of you to support him. Keep up the good work!
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