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by Shane Stokes

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Race to the Rock: Carlsson blazes through the 3,000 km to Uluru in less than ten days

by Simone Giuliani

On Wednesday Sarah Hammond slogged her way to the finish line of the Race to the Rock to take the race win for a second year running and now chief instigator Jesse Carlsson has blazed his way to the Uluru finish line with the fastest time.

The first three riders came to the line within a day of each other. First it was sole female race entrant Hammond on Wednesday afternoon, then South African rider Kevin Benkenstein in the early hours of the morning on Thursday and next Carlsson. And while Carlsson may have been third across the line he was unquestionably the fastest rider out there.

Hammond won by reaching the end in 11 days and about 8 hours Carlsson did the whole race in less than 10 days, more than ten percent quicker. It’s just that he gave the rest of the riders a really, really big head start.

After Carlsson set out more than 2 days and 6 hours after the rest, he covered an incredible 300 odd kilometres a day on terrain which included overgrown single-track, corrugated windy desert roads and sandy tracks.

Still out on the road and working their way toward the finish are Fernando De Andrade in fourth, behind him is early race leader Adam Rozsa and then Nic Skewes. You can see them work their way toward the finish line via the map here.