On the way there I accidentally gate-crashed about 10 miles of an IronMan UK triathlon: definitely a Gump/Zelig moment, hah-hah! To be fair, they were riding on closed roads that led right past the pub that I was headed to, so...
Mind you, I got some filthy looks from a few competitors as I passed them, complete with panniers and mudguards. Cue a Nelson Muntz style "Ha ha!".
|Those knee-length socks do look a bit warm. Ha-ha!|
|As clean as that cassette'n'chain will ever be. Agent 30/30 rides!|
One final word of thanks to people who haven't hesitated in sponsoring me again: cliche or not, it makes all this worth it and is a terrific motivation.
What I didn't expect was backing from overseas folks: how about the U.S.A. and Ukraine? Just brilliant behaviour. Thank you Natalia, Marge and two alumni from last year's trip, namely Lee and Chris C.. Cheers!
- We climb 120,000 feet over the 11 days. That is more than the 2012 Tour de France will climb in 21 days!
- In 11 days we cycle over 330 uphill miles at an average 8% gradient: that's the same distance as London to Glasgow!
- To put some perspective on all this, Mount Everest stands at 29000 feet. On day 3 we climb 15000 feet. Eh, hang on...