The Race2Recovery blog: Next stage cancelled due to flooding

raceblog 16.1 1 300x225 The Race2Recovery blog: Next stage cancelled due to floodingWednesday, 16 January

There’s little to report today. The perilous stage from La Rioja to Fiambalá was cancelled due to flooding. The whole rally has thus been teleported forwards a day. “I just can’t believe it’s been cancelled,” said driver Matt O’Hare, “‘Barney’ and I were so looking forward to the dunes.” The broad grin on his face betrayed his sarcasm. Right now it’s all about getting to the finish and after everything they’ve endured in the past ten days, no-one would deny this team a stroke of good fortune.

raceblog 16.1 2 300x225 The Race2Recovery blog: Next stage cancelled due to floodingThe goodwill being shown to ‘Team Joy’ right now is nothing short of extraordinary. Every night the team plug in their Inmarsat sat phones to catch up with home. The social media buzz around #teamjoy is huge, but some fans are going beyond a Tweet or Facebook message of support. An as yet unconfirmed rumour has reached camp that one supporter has had a ‘Team Joy’ tattoo. If it’s you and you’re reading this, the team would like to hear from you via their Facebook page.

Tomorrow’s stage takes us back across the Andes and the Atacama desert from Fiambalá to Copiago in Chile. It’s a long day and Joy will be riding out before 8am local time.

The Race2Recovery team has set out to prove that serious injuries are no barrier to extraordinary achievement, and to raise money for the Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre. Donations to the team’s fundraising campaign can be made at

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