Day 2 #letour

With a 166km pan flat stage from Utrect to Zelande on the Dutch North Sea coast it certainly lived up to its breezy billing and towards the end ‘windier than a baked bean eating competition!’

This was the first time ‘proper’ as a group of 11 that we had stretched our legs. Two lines, 5 mins each side and we rolled along nicely through the cheese making town of Gouda and the Dutch super port of Rotterdam at a sensible tempo of 30kmph for the first 3 hours until a quick break, sandwich and a refuel.

All was well, it was blue sky and hot. Actually very hot, 30c hot and that was at 10am! As we neared the coast the wind started to play a factor but it was the large bridge by Hellevoetsluis and an expansion joint on the inside of the road 5cm in width that was the chief culprit for 3 going down. Trevor and Mel had the classic gravel rash. Helen came off worse and was cut by the rotary disc brake on top of her thigh as she fell leaving a deep laceration that required 10 stitches in the team van by our medic Dale.


Exhibit A

After an hour by the side of the road treating the walking wounded we rolled on steady and increasingly steadier as the wind took its toll and we were sandblasted by crosswinds over the shallow dunes.


We had a 75km transfer to Sint-Niklass in Belgium so took the opportunity to have a post ride massage with Sarah, the novelty being it was while we were in the bus doing 80km on the inside lane.

My hope is that Trevor, Mel and especially Helen rest well and recover in advance of tomorrow stage to Huy.

Today was a stage that the pros will be nervous about, the cross winds, roundabouts and exposed roads are perfect guerrilla team ambush territory chances to steel some time on a GC favourite.

~ by theboxterboy on July 4, 2015.

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