With everyone feeling at least a little better, we set off with some optimism for our last day’s cycling. Optimism proved an essential component for our longest day in the saddle……
The Challenges of the Day
- With different bikes, I struggled to clip into my cleats and should have guessed I would struggle to clip out! Yes, before leaving the resort carpark, I had fallen off. A bit battered and bruised but no major injuries, back to bike hire to fit my own pedals.
- Despite wishing the strong winds would subside, when they did, we realised just how hot it really was!
- We climbed 1513m, which felt a lot but is not even half of the climb of any day of The Raid Alpine Challenge!
- Finding ourselves cycling on a motorway when clearly we should have been on the parallel, much quieter and safer road!
- On our final 15 miles when we were (very) saddle sore and weary, we travelled for a few miles along the most uneven track where every bump added insult to our already very bruised and sore bottoms, arms, necks, hands…….
- The last 5 miles, the winds reappeared making us have to pedal to get down the last hill home
- After 115km, I couldn’t have done any more today
- We learned by going at our own pace, we could all do long distances uphill, where the hairpin bends and elevations resembled those of The Alps – a great confidence booster
- Great stops along the way
- Great company and many laughs
- It has been great to cycle with Ewan and he has well and truly proved himself to be a fabulous team member
- We loved the ride and would do it again tomorrow if we could
- We feel better prepared for the challenge
- I am very well supported by The Cyclopath team
- We are in the top fours spots of The Raid Alpine Strava Leaderboard (I know – it is only Monday and everyone else was at work!)