Friday's route foresaw a techincal 200km course and it was previous year's winner Chris Birch that took the lead, finishing Friday's route in 6 hours 18 minutes, closely followed by the talented Graham Jarvis. Gutzeit had fallen back to third place, followed by Torlage. Saturday had to determine the race and a sunny day awaited riders and supporters alike. Birch, Jarvis and Gutzeit went into the last race day with a lead of approx. 25 minutes, some navigation mistakes however saw the rest of the field catching up and the race was exciting until the end. The pressure was on and Jarvis had pulled a gap between him and Birch when they approached the 20 minute de control on the top of Bushman's pass at 2263m above sea level, the last stop where competitors had to recharge their batteries before the last 50km section that was about to separate the men from the boys.