19 Aug 2008

Results Update

Category Posn in Category Name Team Time
Solo 7th Dan Royal Air Force 19:10:27
Solo 17th Irish ACU 19:13:53
Team 7th Brendon/Karl ACU 19:18:15
Solo 37th Gav Royal Air Force 19:19:02
Solo 41st Sam Royal Air Force 19:19:28
Team 6th Coops/Rick ACU 19:19:36
Team 16th Willie/Paul RN Cycling 19:24:17
Solo 58th Rob Royal Air Force 19:24:23


Providing support anywhere, so long as he doesn't have to walk on mud, this is a key member of the support crew, Murphy Bennett. (the mud here is extremely deep, hence why Murphy had to be carried)

Some pictures of our friends from the Army

Photos from Day 3

Rob polishing off a can of Red Bull prior to the start of today's linking stage.

This was the scene at 08:45 this morning at the campsite, mud, mud and more mud!

Day 2 lunch/afternoon update

As mentioned earlier Dan was first in for lunch from the RAF (2nd overall) on the road with the remainder of the RAF riders riding together.

This section was 20km of really hard riding to a gorgeous reservoir Llyn Brianne before descending to the Towy Forest for the 2nd water stop of the day.

The organisers then gave the riders an option of taking a direct route to Tregaron - the overnight stop for today, or to continue with the full route. All RAF riders opted for the full route and continued onwards.

First home for the RAF again was Dan (now 7th place on the road), followed by Gav, Rob and Sam (in that order).

The only major issue that we have is that the sheath to the achilles tendon is badly swollen and this is affecting Sam Bennett.

Jacko has now setup his field workshop and is now servicing bikes. The cmapsite here at Tregarron is very flat and accessible and the weather has been holding out, but looks like the rain will come again.

Dan is now treating a small gash / wound to his leg. The last 15km of this stage has been taking riders anything from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours.

Tonight we have a presentation of the competitors jersey's and Jacko has some wine in to help the boys relax a little.

Andy has since departed after taking more images which are expected to appear on here later this evening. One of the images to note for the ACU is a group shot of the Army contingent.


Tuesday mid-morning update

Unofficial times from last special stage:

Gav 40th 22.28
Sam 43rd 22.49
Rob 130th 24.54

No times for Dan or Graham.

ACU1 (Coops & Rick) 50th
Brendan & Karl 80th

Dan Lewis has just arrived at the lunch stop and is 2nd on the road.


Tuesday breakfast

Still no news on last nights results. We all had an uncomfortable night, the weather again was attrocious and I found it better sleeping in the car.

This morning the guys are fine and cheery and are looking forward to a long hard linking stage. However, the organisers are looking at cutting it short due to the adverse conditions we are having.

Coops and the rest of the Army boys are well, all with clean bikes and were looking good 'out on parade' earlier this morning.

Our support team has had a bit of a blow with Andy and Ade receiving an operational tasking from work, so they have to disappear off shortly. This means Jacko will have to solely support the guys today. Ged has been summonsed to appear here earlier than arranged to work along with Jacko!


Update on the Army Cycling Union entries

The ACU riders are coping. 'Irish' is leading on the road times after night stage (first stage).

Graham McConaghy 21st 23.50
Coops & Rick 6th 24.02 26.17
Brendan & Karl 7th 25.36 26.48

Still no results from last night and a very unpleasant night was had by all.

More soon..............