Kent Peterson is well back, recently missing a turn and taking a 4 hour detour. He is nursing a "bruised rib" and pain in his right hand from a fall. A bad hand in a bike race is serious.
About 25 of the 48 starters have abandoned the race.
The latest abandonment was Dave Blumenthal, who died in a hospital from injuries suffered in a bad accident. It leaves me without words, other than I hope he led a full life and peace to his family.
Maybe this race is too extreme. Riders become over-fatigued and suffer from impaired judgement, concentration and co-ordination. Bad things happen.