Issy Adventure takes Second Chance
The Explore Sweden "Second Chance" race was a thrilling battle up the final hill to the finish line at Hotel Södra Berget. Because Team Issy Aventure and Team Yoga Slakers were stopped at the same TA on the course, they faced off against each other in a "winner takes all" race for 16th place.
In a driving wind and sideways rain that started earlier in the day, Issy Aventure and Yoga Slackers chased each other up and up along the 5 km serpentine road.
Starting 5 minutes after Issy Aventure and Yoga Slackers on the Second Chance course was Team Blåkläder/Ballograf who were stopped at an earlier TA along the course. They did not have any direct competition up to the finish but were pushing hard to try to catch the other teams.
Even with the fastest overall time up the hill, Blåkläder/Ballograf simply couldn't overcome the weather and the steep grade and would settle for 18th place.
As for the battle for 16th... Issy Aventure eventually pulled away on the last few steep uphill switchbacks and finished less than a minute in front of Yoga Slackers.
We congratulate Team Issy Aventure, Yoga Slackers, and Blåkläder/Ballograf for their hard efforts and fantastic sportmanship throughout the competition.