I won the last section! The section from Nairobi to Iringa started off with 2 days of hilly road riding; after winning both of these and looking forward to a 7 day stretch off-road with no rest days, I decided to go for a section win.
The off-road stages were tough (some up to 120km), but I felt strong everyday and the scenery and cycling were awesome, so I kept doing well. After a couple more stage wins and staying consistently in the top 4 each day I found myself over and hour ahead of 2nd place going into the last day. Day 7 of the section was a 20km uphill time trial (it was also raining.) Although tired from racing the previous days, and only needing to complete the TT to take the section win, I went out climbing as fast as my lactic acid-marinaded legs would allow, and enjoyed every second of the muddy 20km!
15km after securing the stage win, I found my parents and aunt cycling out to meet me! They entered the next section (Iringa to Lilongwe) and got in a couple days early. After rolling into Iringa yesterday afternoon we hit the champagne and red wine hard! Today is a rest day and tomorrow we head out towards Malawi.
Thanks for all the comments on the blog! I’ll put up some more pics up soon (my camera hit the road at 41km/hr and got cycled over; I’ll have to hijack some pics)