Stage 1 definitely set the scene.
It was a long and hard day in the saddle. The scenery was beautiful and the route was challenging but fun! I felt great up until about 82km …. I started to feel a bit fatigued and got dehydrated, but I pushed through for another 10kms where I could see a doctor. The medics at the Mediclinic tent were friendly and assisted me so that I could finish the race. After a 15 minute compulsory stop and hydration, we were on our way again.
I’m not used to these long hours of riding, but I’m enjoying the challenge and a push here and there from my dad helped me over the edge. The amazing views, mud baths, and people (and horses) we’re meeting along the way are a treat!
To end off the day, we had a massage, some great food and rested up to get ready for another eventful day for Stage 2. We have a shorter stage tomorrow! Only 90km and 2250m climb and we are ready to take it on!