Winners Stage 5 are in after torturous 151km
After a torturous 151km ride through the scorching desert, Jelle Hanseeuw and Frederick Decaesteker crossed the finish line in the Mummy crater. What a fantastic achievement! With an average speed of 26,8km/h it took them 5:46:23. They managed to cut loose from Michael Ossieur en Stefan Vaes in the last 100m. They ended 30 seconds later at 5:46:53!
Michiel Van Aelbroeck en Bart Seynave reached the finish line 8 minutes later at 5:55:23
Stage 5 - Crossing “infinity” & welcome to the desert
Stage 5 is love it or hate it! On today’s menu there are 151 long kilometers through endless desert plains. It’s the last long test. Those who manage to finnish this stage will most certainly also finnish the Roc du Maroc!
Today’s challenge starts with a quite some variety: 25 km winding tracks through hilly landscapes, dotted with some oasis and rocky oueds. As soon as the riders cross the asfalt, the scenery dramatically change and becomes immensely monotonous.
Once past checkpoint 1, the desert looks like an African savannah, with lots of acacia trees and many gorges. This goes on for about 35 kilometers straight, after which suddenly any form of vegetation simply dissapears and there is nothing but plains and 360 degrees of nothingness. After another hour of pedaling, the mountain where we find checkpoint 2, seems to keep stay in the far away distance. It’s a unique experience. A batlle between man, woman, their bike and themselves.
But when the evening comes, regardless of the arrival time, before or after the sun sets, a warm welcome is awaiting you at the “Mummy” bivouac. (yes, the one from the movie!). We will be camping and celebrating today’s accomplishment in the heart of a crater.
Stage 4 Race Category Winners
Yesterday evening we announced the winners of the Stage 4 Race category!
#1 Michiel Van Aelbeeck & Bart Seynaeve (5:15:01)
#1 Michael Ossieux & Stefan Vaes (5:34:53)
#1 Pascal De Kort & Johnny Goetschalk (5:56:03)
#1 Luc Bellings & Alice Pirrard (6:01:00)
Overall race event lead after 4 stages:
#1 Jelle Hanseeuw & Frederik Decaesteker