I'm sure he's still feeling the weekend in his legs (and lungs!) today. I only did five laps as part of a four-man team and was pretty wasted. The course isn't especially long nor does it contain a huge amount of climbing but it's quite technical and the rocks are pretty relentless so it beats you up pretty thoroughly.
The first six hours of Moab were very warm and extremely dry. Riders had a difficult time staying hydrated. As the cool evening and cold night set in the cramping in the riders was like something I have rarely seen. As part of the therapy staff, I went through two gallons prior to midnight and I was standing in the shade the whole time!
My utmost respect goes to all finishers, especially in the solo category.
For anyone who has never been to a 24 hour race, the all-night campfire parties alone are worth the trip.
Kelly's second-place finish was certainly impressive but he wasn't a last-minute substitute for Eatough. Here it is straight from Kelly:
"It was actually a bit in between... I had decided later in the season - or more accurately a month or two before Moab, due to so much work travel killing my early season. So, I wasn't subbing for Chris at all."