Anyone know the Welsh word for dreich? Autocorrect tried changing that to drench which is not far from the truth!
Our riders awoke to a typical Welsh summers day. Wet. Perfect bivvy weather!
Those that had a tarp or tent will have had the better sleep I imagine. Being holed up in a sweaty bivvy knowing it’ll still be ringing wet this evening will be enough to make you ride on through the night.
Some last minute Amazon Prime shopping for ponchos before brekkie and the off. Some neat setups from the riders to keep the elements at bay.
First port of call for most was getting some food down them as sod knows where the next meal will come from. They’re in the wilds today thats for sure. Though going by the tracker, most of them parked up 5 mins down the road.
Canna beat a jeelie piece! 700 hungry wains will testify to that.
Final tinkering, packing and re-packing before the Stage 2 start.
…and with that, and little fanfare they were off. The Duracell bunny was obviously off like the clappers.
However, dropped by Ginger early doors….
Before his tracker pinged and normal service resumed.
Spare a thought however, for those that didn’t have the luxury of a good nights rest (relatively speaking). Izzy, who reached CP1 with around 20mins to spare will have had little time to gather herself, rest and refuel before she’d need to get back on the (g)road again. A reminder that the riders have 3 days to reach CP2 in order to remain in the ‘GC’ Stage 2 thankfully, is shorter with less climbing (we’re not complete bastards) so I’m confident the majority of riders will make it with time to spare.
Till this evening, Cheerie bye!