Sat morning signed on with paula red hot 28c. 1km from hotel.
Sunday morning 5.15 breakfast and raining but 25c.
Me and paula go to start 6.30 in the last pen got high numbers 9562 and 9561.
Went over line 7. 58 turned aroud and drivers are getting in broom wagon told paula to go as fast as you can .Set of gunning it 25 to 28 mph .Past loads of riders caught next group. Saw quite alot of people having punctures. 8 miles in guess what, puncture . Fixt puncture sat on bike pulled away ,guess what puncture, found a little bit of flint in tyre ,changed tube got out co2 canister flated tube , guess what ,tube exploded. said a few words looked up paula pulling over to help ,and guess what was behind her . Broom wagon .ETAPE OVER. Done 8.5 miles spent 7 hrs in bus, picked up 2 bus loads 90 riders before top of madeline everbody moaning about getting told to get in broom wagon.I worked it out that it cost me and paula over £ 100 a mile CHEERS. Can anyone beat that .Nice day though 28c on top of finish.Well done chris Dines
ONLY 4400 FINISHED THE ETAPE OUT OF NEARLY 10,000. WHAT A GREAT DAY.NOT.
very bad luck sted and paula !
maybe next year ?
What a nightmare, but sounds like you were not alone.
Did you have a say as to which starting pen you could joined or is it first come first served?
So you won't be rushing to put your name for next year?
Got allocated number .rather do martona des dolimities in italy ,start and finish in same place .
Oh no, Steve. Terrible news. You've been working towards that for months.
Sounds like the worst day ever.
Cheers guys, might go back and do it on our own, I was so looking forward to riding the route.
Hi Steve, make it a club thing when you go back to do it and i would come along...
Ok terry . By the way I am going to majorca in oct 17th to 21st if you like to come let me know . GOOD LUCK ON ETAPE 2 .AND DONT START AT THE BACK LOL.