We woke to the most beautiful morning. Blue skies and no wind, the temperature was already at 20 degrees by 8am. Scott & I pedalled down to the harbour to check out the view. Cullen’s a pretty town, well maintained not like it’s near neighbour Banff.
By 8.30am we were on the road. And straight away we were climbing. It seemed to go on forever in the incessant heat. People were wilting already and there were still over 60 miles to go!
At our coffee stop in Glass we were met by cheering children from the local school who waved us in and counted us up. It was an amazing reception! I’ll post up pictures later – the signal here in Ballater isn’t great.
The afternoon was all about hills & suffering. We rode over Cabrach and then Gairnsheil. I can’t replicate the words that were used here – kids might read this – however, the best descriptions of Gairnsheil were “relentless” and “unforgiving”. It wasn’t pleasant.
However, what goes up must come down and we were treated to two amazing descents, the highlight being the descent from Gairnsheil where we clocked 76km / hr.
Some stats from today’s ride: –
Distance – 83 miles
Riding time – 6hrs 14 mins
Total climbing – 5,221 ft
Temperature – 25c
Magnums eaten – 1
We’re doing this not just because we enjoy it, we’re raising funds for UCAN. If you’d like to sponsor me please go to http://www.justgiving.com/alimcgill