Headline: A third of ride completed
Route: Bath to Ludlow
Miles: 98.6 miles
Cycling time: 7.49.42 on the road, 6.39 ride time
Average speed: 15.1 mph
Total ascent: officially 3087ft, but most peoples’ devices say over 5000ft
Weather: Cloudy and muggy warm. Still no rain, and sometime headwind not too strong
When someone referred to today as an easy day, they were having a laugh. Yes it’s the only day under 100 miles, but only just. It must be due to the confusion over the total ascent; the official version was much less than we all recorded on Garmin-Strava-whatever. There was a huge climb out of Bath and the day was punctuated with sharp, punchy climbs, taking ascending to another thigh-aching total. The whole fiasco has been dubbed “Altitudegate.”
Not to worry, the legs made it through and it was another spectacular day. I lost track of the number of counties we passed through, far too many, but a highlight was crossing the Severn Bridge into Wales, then immediately going past Chepstow Castle. The roads along the River Wye were divine, so lush and green, undulating to Ross-on-Wye and the interestingly named village, Hole-in-the Wall. Some punchy little climbs slowed us down enough to enjoy the views, that and the sheep wondering across the road. Us cyclists are guilty of racing through the landscape without taking the time to enjoy the surroundings, apart from cake cabinets in cafes. Admittedly there is an element of that when riding in a group, especially when you are in a train and don’t want to get off and be left in the wind on your own. Thankfully on RAB there are times when people stop and snap, which encourages others to do so.
Apologies if these posts are getting shorter, and full of typos, I am just getting more and more tired. I’ve never slept so well in a tent- something to be said for exhaustion. Can’t believe tomorrow, after just four days, we’ll be at Haydock, which is as far north as Manchester.
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