Originally Posted by Siochair
I don't know about anyone else but I found myself absolutely enthralled by the tales on here from (Oops! Almost said the competitors) the participants. Everyday on here we were treated to riveting narratives of the adventure.
I was eagerly awaiting each new installment and update as they came in.
The guys who I had the most admiration for were those who were doing this off their own backs, and doing for the Challenge, which was exactly as it was promoted, not a race.
The adventures, hardships, highs and lows that we were treated to daily were enough to keep me wanting to know more, and to hear more updates. I read of the challenge before it started, and wished I was there, I read the threads during the buildup, and wished I was there, I read the updates and wished I was there, even during the bad weather, and the long days, I wished I was there, and in the future I hope I could be, but if I thought that the same final press release would be put out, I would not wish to be there!
The stories did not need embelishing with tales of 75Mph winds, and other crap. This really put a sour note on the event, as it was enough of a challenge to compete, and complete the challenge.
Obviously for some, there was bad luck involved and for whatever reason, some entrants could not complete the entire challenge , or needed assistance.
I have only so far seen the comments of 1 person/team who seem to think that they need to gloss over that fact and basically pretend they completed the whole challenge, and to boot, won a race that never was.
This I find very selfish, and is insulting to the other teams. this seems to be in direct contradiction to so many other comments from other teams about team spirit, helping each other, and comraderie. However as I did not take part, I cannot really put words into the mouths of the other teams, but thank them all for their words, blogs/updates, and to let them know, that I think of all the teams except team Mazda, to be the real challenge winners.