Bruce Thomson (ChCh)
Contact Epic’s 10th birthday could not have been more ideal and was celebrated by 680 riders from all over NZ, Australia, Singapore, USA and the Netherlands. New for this year, Centurion riders took up the challenge of NZ’s first single day 100 mile race, with all making it home in one piece. The collective call was for the Centurion to continue with many Epic (125km) riders having pledged to move up in 2018.
Despite perfect conditions there were a number of injuries that kept the safety and medical team busy. Five riders were evacuated by helicopter for accidents involving shoulder, hip and ribs. Two Centurion riders lived up to the titles of Roman soldiers by completing the 160km with reasonably major injuries. Being part of the inaugural 2008 Epic race and having completed every one since, the Last Men Standing made it to the finish line despite the pain endured. Andrew McLeod, a local doctor, had self-diagnosed broken ribs as non-life-threatening and Bruce Thomson from Christchurch used a sweatband to cover a gash to his arm but couldn’t make prize giving due to being operated on and stitched up at Christchurch hospital. Both stated they were not ready to withdraw from the Last Man Standing just yet.