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Published: February 14th 2016
Day three started later as we decided not to leave until 7:30. I left with a group and we stayed together over the Severn Bridge into Wales and onto the first pit stop. This was a relatively flat leg, and on this leg I suffered the only mechanical fault on the entire trip. After the chain jumped off the chain ring I forced it back on using the front derailleur whilst I was still moving. Unfortunately this bent one of the links in the chain causing me to need a replacement at the first stop. After the first stop the terrain returned to the now familiar steep ascents and I became separated from the group and was back to solo riding. It was on this leg that we experienced the first of what I always thought of as the Forest Gump moments; the bit where he describes some of the wonderful sights he has seen.
Well halfway through the middle leg of suffering we came upon the Tay valley, just a short section where the road runs alongside the river but it lifted the spirits and delighted the soul. After the second stop of the day there was a relatively
flat run in to the end where I got together with Simon and Dave and we took turns on the front and motored along to the end.
Now Dave is a bit of a RAB legend: this year was his fifth RAB in a row, in fact he was one of two riders that had done four and was riding for free. At the end of the day I felt a lot better about the event: a third was over, I had spent the majority the day riding with other people and the scenery was fantastic.
Total mileage 100 miles, 6,624 feet of climbing, 7:33:09 riding time.
Tot: 3.072s; Tpl: 0.015s; cc: 19; qc: 76; dbt: 0.0326s; 3; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb