Steve's Cycling Blog

Another day of climbing (stage 106)

In summary

  • wet overnight, cold in the morning, but dry as we packed up
  • hung out at camp and was last to leave
  • hills – lots of hills – big steep, slippery hills
  • lunch was super early at only 64 km
  • told the bulk of the climbing was done, but that turned out to be far from true – four hills over 5%, two of them long, and significantly steeper
  • showers off-and-on, but I mostly stayed dry
  • stopped at 112 km coke stop and had fun conversations with the locals who couldn’t quite believe what had arrived in their town (me)
  • raced this boy up the hill (his idea) – he did surprisingly well given he was holding an unwrapped ice-cream and on a tiny bike

    Racing this time...

    Racing this time…

  • more rain as I crossed the last pass
  • distances were out towards the end and camp came early – several people got lost as a consequence
  • long muddy ride into camp
  • first into camp – Grant was not pleased as he had got lost and then stuck in the mud having just cleaned his bike at a car-wash a few km back
  • got my tent up between showers
  • crew had strung up a tarp between trees as an additional shelter and lit an awesome fire which was very welcome
  • last riders (Ruth and Bruno) got in just as we were having (delayed) dinner – very long day for them, though did spend quite a bit of time sheltering and drinking çay along the way
  • managed to get most things dry by the fire before heading to (warm, dry) bed.

 

Stage 106 route notes

Stage 106 route notes

Riding data

Total distance: 6174.92 kmTotal Time: 06:58:43
Max elevation: 1760 mMin elevation: 1296 m
Total climbing: 1788 mTotal descent: -1648 m
Average speed: 884.83 km/hMaximum speed: 5435255.16 km/h

View from my tent

It was so cold and wet I forgot!