Grandad was going to go around with one of his friends:
Nathan and I were support crew this time, took photos and brought the all important coffees to the start line!
Off they went - aiming for a time around 5h30:
Unfortunately about four hours into the race, we got a phone call to say that Dan had a bad crash. We all quickly dispatched from Taupo in different directions. Nathan took one car and went off to pick up Bruce and the bikes; Yvonne, the kids and I set off to meet the ambulance at the hospital.
It turned out Dan had suffered a small break in his hand, and he was pretty scratched and bruised all over, but we were relieved to see that, in a way, that was all there was. We had a bit of a flashback to Grandad's accident years ago, it all came a bit close to home. Once again, thankful for good quality helmets!
So unfortunately it was a no-finish this year. A shame for the guys as they apparently were on track for a really good time, but there you go. There is always next year!