Race founder Jesse Carllson has now covered nearly 2900km and has "only" about 800km to go, including the Finke River Gorge detour option which adds another 130 km. It's been an amazing solo ride. He's now about 600km ahead of second place.
Second to seventh place are spread over about 300km (2340km to 2015km), and it's been between these riders where most of the action has been taking place since Townsville, (755km).
Leaving Townsville in 4th place, Meredith had soon slipped to 7th and by last Friday was 150km behind two cyclists battling for 5th and 6th, including the leading woman Jodi Brown. With Meredith, losing time on all in front of her and with over 300km back to the remainder of the field, it was looking like she was going to have a lonely final 2500km.
However, Meredith pulled some big numbers over the weekend and passed Jodi in the early hours of this morning, and has just opened up a 4km gap on another rider to move into 5th place.
I'm not sure how much sleep she is having though. It certainly appears much less than any of the other cyclists. According to her spot-tracker, here's her daily "moving time" (hours:minutes):
Day 1 - 17:25 (race started at 6:22am, so only 18:38 of possible riding time.)
Day 2 - 23:10
Day 3 - 18:55
Day 4 - 23:40
Day 5 - 22:31
Day 6 - 22:52
Day 7 - 22:20
Day 8 - 20:02
Day 9 - 18:57
Day 10 18:14 (at 7:16pm, so only 19:16 of possible elapsed riding time today).