What a stonker!!
Not much can be added to what has already been said about the hospitality, above and beyond the call as ever....
The first bombshell of the day was dropped when Matt admitted, rather candidly, in the van that he is 'a little judgemental'! Most of his other utterances are genuinely unrepeatable. Get to one of the rides for the full Matthew71 experience.
Due to the absence of any level roads on the ride there was little time for munching on foliage en route. Fortunately Ed was on hand with emergency energy gels which got me around the last third and left me wide awake at two in the morning!
Robin is an absolute mountain goat....end of story.
A fit Martin with functioning ears is not far of Robin in the mountain goat stakes.
The sun was wonderfully hot and not a headwind to be felt. So hot in fact that we feared for the integrity of 'The Yoghurt Pot'
Thanks to 'Titanium Dave' for finding my diesel money and to Ed for his gels, without which i would still be out there.
And having been in an enclosed space with 'Matt' for a total of 3 hours, do i earn a special badge?
P.s the run in....
Having shot off with about 600m to go, in the big ring for the third time of the day, the expected hoard flying past failed to materialise. Perhaps this was a little ungentlemanly of me? So i sat up and eased off to a crawl, only to have 'Admin' cruise serenely past. Bugger!