Headline: Welcome to Scotland!
Route: Penrith to Glasgow (Hamilton)
Miles: 101.1 miles
Cycling time: 6.59.24 on the road, ride time 5.53.38
Average speed: 17.18 mph – fast!
Total ascent: 3350ft- that’s why it was a quick stage
Weather: Warm, cloudy with sunny spells. We are being blessed
A lighter stage today that many are referring to as ‘a recovery day.’ I love the way the benchmark shifts- only last week I wouldn’t have referred to a hundred mile ride as recovery. The stage began with an easy role out through busy Carlisle to Gretna Green, where Instagram was at its busiest so far; no peloton weddings that I am aware of.
The route continued to Ecclefechan and then Crawford along the old A74. What a boneshaker of a road- like a spring classic. Although old A roads are quiet, with most motor traffic on new A roads, and with designated cycle paths, there is obviously no investment in their upkeep. So glad to be on The Light Blue steel frame and wearing a decent pair of Fat Lad at the Back bibshorts (there is a FLAB by the way who is truly heroic, riding 12 hours every day.)
The route continued into Hamilton, bypassing the chaos of Glasgow, arriving at the basecamp for another evening at a racecourse, which are a very popular choice of campsite with green space and facility blocks (don’t call them these in front of the racecourse staff.)
As well as being a lighter day, it was very picturesque. The beauty of the Lowther Hills and the Lowlands are sights to be relished, and get the appetite going for the Highlands to come.
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