Originally Posted by Wings
Wow, I'm surprised you all are that surprised.
But I guess you haven't been there watching him work for this, train for this, eat, sleep and BE the Dakar.
I know he plays it down a lot by saying he just want to finish and yes, that is a realistic goal-but at the same time, Ned is very competitive. And while he's having fun, he's been working his butt off for this. His focus has been so tremendous, if you had a chance to observe him over the last few months like I have, you wouldn't be so surprised.
Ned will move up in places just by riding his normal distance covering pace. Steady and safe, Ned!