green line - the time difference between Carter and Jerry Rhaburn (C1 canoe, finishing in 37:07, 4th overall)
blue line - the time difference between Carter and Tommy Yonley (solo unlimited finishing in 38:04, 6th overall)
Carter was leading all time, but on the San Marcos all three top solos were paddling quite close together with time differences below 15 minutes and just a few minutes at Gonzales. However, after Gonzales, Carter started to paddle away. Jerry Rhaburn stayed not farther than 30 minutes behind Carter till the last checkpoint at Salt Water Barier. What a great performance for C1! Then, Carter smelt salt water and sprinted to finish.
The Carter's performance was truly incredible. I wonder how much of the safari course he managed to paddle before the race. Texas paddlers had much better knowledge of the river. However, it is not the first time when an out-of-state paddler is launching at San Marcos and winning the solo unlimited class beating all locals, e.g., James "Devo" Devoglaer in 2001, Phil Gumbert in 2003, Ardie Olson in 2005.
If you look at live coverage of the race it is worth to notice how little time these top boats spent at checkpoints: from 0 to 6 minutes!
Well, these are just numbers... I hope to hear some stories and comments.
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