It's still too early to get a good feel for the top of the field, even at six hours in. We have two strong teams nearing the end of the long Leg B paddle (WEDALI and Quest) that are loaded with experienced racers all of whom have won at least one National Championship. Completing these two legs puts them roughly halfway through Stage 1 in about 6.5 hours. This puts them back on track with our original course estimates.
Rootstock, another two time National Champion, had a bobble on the Leg A land nav. Map scale and the tricky WI topography cost them some time. They're frustrated but still on target. The other Rootstock team (Rootstock 2) passed up their squadmates on that leg A.
We should have a much better idea of how things are shaking out within the next 2-3 hours. Until then, keep an eye on the tracking and check out FaceBook for some interviews with teams on course.
For now, here's the updated Clover Tracking board!