Twelve men and one woman are still holding EFI status on this year’s Tour. EFI status is reserved for those riders who complete every stage of The Tour or ride Every F*cking Inch. It sounds like a simple task and most riders at the start of The Tour are keen to achieve EFI status. But here we are 1/3 of the way to Cape Town and more than 2/3rds of the riders have had to ride the trucks and lost their EFI status.
Even some of the most experienced and strongest riders on The Tour have succumbed to illness, injury, mechanical failure or fatigue. To successfully achieve EFI status you must be vigilant about your health and cleanliness. Being a strong rider is important but having the discipline to pace yourself day after day so you don’t become too fatigued is equally important. Mental toughness is perhaps the most common characteristic of our EFI riders. Everyone who is still EFI on Tour has had to tough out some really grueling days. It has been inspiring to watch these men and women push their limits & the sense of accomplishment they feel must be a great reward.
With the hardest days of The Tour just ahead of us in Northern Kenya we will probably lose a few more EFI’ers. I hope not, but the chances are high. I wish all our riders the best, it’s a tough Tour, EFI or not.
Allan Benn Malcolm Campbell
Tim Gane Taryn Laurie
Ivo Limpens Nick Marr
Bruce McPhail Marcel Oude Geerdink
Nick Padt Paul Porter
Graeme Scrivener Lloyd Strong