Day 2 of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain saw us leave Devon and ride through Somerset to our “camp” at Bath University Sports Campus. The accommodation is probably the highlight of the whole 9 days for the riders in the Classic package as everyone gets a proper bed and ensuite facilities rather than a tent. We have all been warned to set multiple alarms to avoid sleeping in and missing the start tomorrow (from 0630 to miss the rush hour traffic).
The day itself was long at 110 miles but easier than Day 1 due to a reduction in climbing – “only” 2,581 meters!
I have several highlights:
- Seeing my mother, brother and sister (plus my in laws and nephew Hamish) on the climb up Cheddar Gorge. They made lots of noise and supported all the riders who passed during their time waiting for me
- Managing to get up Cothelstone Hill without stopping despite the steep gradient of around 20% in places
- Climbing up though Cheddar Gorge – hard work but a great location for a climb (again very steep in places)
- Having a tail wind virtually all the way with the sun coming out from mid morning
I wore my Dementia UK jersey today so hopefully I’ll have a few good photos to share in due course.
Tomorrow we venture into Wales, crossing the old Severn Bridge to Chepstow and up the Wye Valley though Leominster to Ludlow Race Course for the night. A ” short” day of 100 miles!