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Today did not exactly go to plan as it is nearly midnight again and I am writing this again in bed with Rob snoring in the bed next to me!

The problem with trying to complete the challenge in 7 days it means that we need to hit 130miles+ per day and being a few miles down already from the first tough day then there is no chance to rest and aimed for 135miles included nearly 7,000ft of climbing which I declined to share with Alistair.

After staying in a youth hostel the first night, a travel lodge the second we had decided to continue the trend and go all out and booked a golf country club in Coleford.

It was another hot day as we set off so the objection of the day was to try and stay cool and hydrated. Now anybody who knows Alistair will be aware that he is not much of a sun worshiper and this certainly showed today by darting across the road, with no regards to fellow cyclists, for shade when he had become over heated. I was trying to think of what animal this replicated and the best I could come up was a bat.

We had a lovely breakfast at the very accommodating Blue Velvet Café in Tiverton although after having to scale the next climb Rob confessed he needed to get off the bike and “straighten himself up” coming to the conclusion that the sausage was a little rich, more like a chorizo he thought.

Lunch today consisted of 6 litres of water and a bag of ice from Asda then rested in the shade of the cemetery in Bridgewater which was another shade location chosen by Alistair.

The bridge over the River Severn was the highlight of the day, which was quickly superseded by the final 12mile assent to our hotel. This was the lowest point for us all but especially Al who is suffering from a little soreness underneath. I pity Steve sharing a room with him and having to apply the cream!

Hopefully more time tomorrow and can get some pictures up!


James Walsgrove

My cycling career started in 2005 when I purchased my first road bike and I was immediately hooked. Since then I have completed numerous cycling challenges including Ironman, Lands’ End to John O Groats, Mt Ventoux (all 3 ascents), London to Paris, the BBAR challenge which included a 12hour TimeTrial and more recently the Mallorca 312.

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