The stories are still coming in but they are saying that this was the worst weather ever in the more than 110 years of this event. Right now the estimate is that up to 1800 riders had to abandon the event. There may be many others who were still riding but would not make the final time cutoff at the last Controle or the finish. We are almost 24 hours after the event officially ended and people are still coming in. Talking to people who have finished we find that “suffering” seems to be the universal theme. There are many variations on this theme that reflect each riders individual experience, but wet, cold and wind are a constant thread. When I get better statistics on the results I will post them.

P.S.  Now that the event is over it has stopped raining and the sun came out this afternoon!!!