All the latest news and pictures from the ground on the first proper edition of The Monkey Run. 37 tiny bikes are weaving their way over the Atlas Mountains right now:
They're arriving thick and fast for the finish line shenanigans.
That's at 1pm. Plenty of time for the rest to catch up. The best finish line quip so far:
There's not much skin left on his knee says our source.
It's Day 8 of the Monkey Run, and our runners are coming in for the finish:
We've got your back Sheila.
This is almost impressive:
If that wasn't on a downhill.
There's one day to go, this sounds like quite a good way to spend it:
It can't all be ski-lifts every day:
It does look cosy:
What to do when you reach snow on a bike that can't handle sand?? Fly over it.
That's the highest chairlift in Africa apparently. 3268m. We haven't got round to fact checking that yet, but Andrew sounds like he knows what's what.
Tonight will be the Runner's last night on the road. What's the plan?
Andrew's got the right idea.
Looks like Sheila's engine troubles are behind her:
You call it a view, we call it cheating.
Bill's at the mechanic. What did he think?
That's settled then.
Broken down? No problem, there are a fair few mechanics in Morocco:
It's been a quiet day so far. We're not the only ones to notice:
We'll see them all on Saturday for the finish party.
Vying for photo of the day - we have three excellent candidates:
Have we mentioned lately there are seats in January 2018? While stocks last. One of them could be yours:
The Runners are raising their photo game for Day 4:
Well at least you came out with a picture.
As Day 4 comes to a close, Bill and Sheila are travelling together, but are having a mixed journey so far:
A submission from runner Phillippa:
Nope, no idea what's happening here.
It's all tows. But at least it looks quite fun.
Some fresh photos from the field.
It seems our runners are big fans of their bikes.
This is Sheila. Just for the visual:
George is one of those positive sorts:
That's the spirit.
3rd January 2017
Swede Peter has been documenting his run so far - and doing a rather fine job of it too:
2nd January 2017
Some fantastic shots of launch shenanigans from our Monkey Run crew and in-house photographer Sophie Bolesworth:
2nd January 2017
Someone's having engine trouble already:
True to our word then.
2nd January 2017
Setting the bar quite high straight out the gate.
We're following the Monkey Run on Instagram. You can too:
They're barely over the horizon, and we've already had this back from the field:
First day went well?
Get the full Launch Report from our man Kev:
31st December 2016
A big thanks to our chums and sponsors at Minirig. A damn fine set of speakers.
31st December 2016, 13.28
He's a Pirate of the Sahara.
31st December 2016, 13.26pm
As good a time as any to chat routes. Here's He-Man Hunters considering their options:
A word from our man on the ground:
Keep it up lads. It'll be fine probably.
31st December 2016, 13.04pm
They've had the bikes for four minutes, and the duct tape is out already:
That's Davey from team Jockswahey.
31st December 2016, 12.17pm
Bike briefing has begun. Here's what that looks like:
"Not before they all splooged too soon and started using them 2 minutes after they were told not to."
31st December 2016, 11.04
How does she feel about you coming out we asked?
Mrs Jack is a forgiving lady.
December 31st, 11.30am
It seems some of this batch of Monkey Bikes, indicate the opposite way you want them to. Indicate left, and the right light comes on.
Anything we can do to help the Adventure.
December 31st 2016, 11.02am
Kev is taking an egg across Maroc.
He reckons he'll get it there, and plans to eat it at the finish line.
31st December, 10.49am
This exchange bodes well:
Monkey Junkie look like they'll be quite a good team to follow.
31st December 2016, 10.37am
An observation from the field:
It's the tall people that have the most fun on these machines. As well as adventuring, they get to test new ways of folding their limbs.
31st December 2016, 10.07 am
Kevin from Fez Angels isn't having the best start.
You never know, they might see it for the compliement it is.
31st December 2016 - 10.01am
Kevin has turned up sans luggage. He's wearing all white, a djellaba and a fez. Easyjet lost his luggage.
He doesn't seem too fussed. After all, he's got the essentials on him. Less to carry, eh Kevin?