5am for the farming types amongst the group is the norm. For the townies, not so much. In the crisp morning air at the foot of the Cederberg waited a surprise sunrise walk in full kit.

They were invited to submit a picture of their experience. Some took this time to reflect and gain perspective, while others went out to explore and appreciate their surroundings. It was a beautiful morning to socialise, relax and have fun.

Though all did the same exercise, the pictures that they took on that walk was a unique reflection of each contestant’s experience.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

With scenic introspection over and bellies full after breakfast, it’s finally onto the much anticipated, Honda Africa Twin.

Later today will see them being tested over very technical terrain, but this morning’s orientation ride is for them to get a feel for the DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) and the bike. Of the 30 semi-finalists, only 3 have ridden the DCT before, none own one. The larger group has been split up into smaller manageable teams that rotate between stations. Even though we’re only going on a small outride, there are many skills to check; first aid, tire changing, maintenance and bike prep, to name a few.

This afternoon will see things get a lot more serious where their performances will count towards the overall scores and that final 14 berth.