A lot of catching up to do… The day of the scratch so it seems, which sums up the beginnings of day 5… and a little from yesterday after I sodded of for the evening. Bikes and bodies are starting to bend and break.
In no particular. Or the order as per the WhatsApp group. Bwlch y Groes was the straw that broke the camels back for Beth Jackson, having to retire with achilles issues. I’ll no even bother writing an achilles heel pun!
Update on Issy’s scratch from yesterday. No food poisoning thankfully, just couldn’t keep food down and had bouts of sickness.
Tim & Sofie, after having a rest at CP1 have decided to take it easy and make a holiday out of it. They’ll join us later on up the route. Exhaustion and saddle sores have claimed them unfortunately.
Lee Craigie’s tech issues have come back to haunt her so she’s called it a day also. Another Scot bites the dust 😢
Lewis Clark, proving that ciggies aren’t a good fuel source for ultra endurance riders. Though, I’m glad I won’t need to see any more photos of his rank trench foot. Manky git.
Isaac Hudson ‘dental issues’ is all the information I’ve been given so ill assume he's either taken a header or that the last 4 days of a beating hes taken has shaken some fillings loose. Since had an update and a burst tooth has made eating too painful to continue.
Lee Brown, like many others from the previous days scratches has been struggling with keeping food down. A common occurrence so will be interesting to find out everyone’s strategy.
Looking at those riders remaining, the Scots contingency has drastically fallen, with the hopes of a nation resting on Mark Beaumont shoulders. Though he was getting gubbed by Carl Hopps earlier so I’ll maybe claim Carl as an honorary Scot given he’s a ginger.
Sorry, if I’ve missed any Scots out, as I was given very little notice to write all these and as such I’ve done very little research on you all. As I’m not a complete saddo whose life revolves around cycling… much…
One of our photographers have been going above and beyond the call of duty to get ‘that shot’ Tommy has been getting down and dirty out of sympathy with our riders. I reckon he just face planted.
Having just returned from work - back in the office for the first time in a couple of years…. so I don’t really have a scoob what been happening on the route today apart from what I starting drafting at 6am today.
So I totally missed the action at the pointy end. Which Angus has all to himself. To be ratified by the chief comm, but early evidence suggests a new FKT for Stage 2. Our man-machine completed reached CP2 at 14:39 and some change. So a stage time of 30h 39m, chopping off a whopping 43mins from some pro’s previous best. No bad for a young loon.
What do you think? Reckon he’s happy with himself? Self awarded chuftie badge. Well done you maniac!
We’ve been getting wee soundbites from the riders out on course enjoying themselves during stage 2. The riders, who shall remain anonymous (for now) as they used sweary words… “fuck me, this stage is fucking hard” I suspect all riders are thinking it however. I await Alice’s response to see if I can credit her on that one…
My favourite quote of the day from one of our leading ladies, “it’s not a race anymore, it’s a fucking never ending travelator.”
So the 4700m of ascent in Stage 2 appears to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Fires up tracking website.
Will report in laterz