- Newcastle to Leeds
- 90 miles
- 5100 feet climbed
- 4000 sheep; 200 cows; 7 horses
The winds were strong early on, but eased after a few hours. We fought a similar terrain profile as yesterday for the first 30 miles, but the middle 30 miles of our route was on a highway with more consistent grading and low winds. We spent a lot of the time riding in the emergency lane, which, despite the heavy traffic, turned out to be ok. We didn’t get to enjoy our surroundings, but we spent nearly the whole time above 20 miles an hour. So that was a mental victory we needed after the last day and a half.
These have been heavy endurance days for us. Our support team has been great. They insisted on meeting up with us more often today. I think it was as much to gauge our mental state as physical. There’s no way we could succeed without them.
Thanks for all of the emails of support from sponsors, friends, and family.
A shout-out to LAS Helmets, especially Alex Perez, Sales Manager. Three factors went into our selection of LAS for our helmets. They are light, aero and aerated. Ohh, and cool looking, gotta have that! The aluminum upper ventilator shovels air into the helmet and adds an extra layer of protection for our noggins.
Another shout-out to the Best Western Merrion Hotel, especially the manager Mark Wakeley who made us feel so at home. This hotel is smack-dab in the center of the city and the breakfast bar is delicious.