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Benevolent bike ride day three: Feeling the strain

Day three of the Benevolent bike ride and it must be said that the cracks are starting to appear in the fine veneer that can be comradery.

This has been exacerbated by a stomach bug that has struck two of the team and slight over indulgence last night which may have affected people’s patience today.

Anyway the arrival at the unexpectedly luxurious Château de Pizay has brought the smiles back, while for those that opted – after lunch in Cluny – to take the "tougher" hill route (myself, "the dangerous brothers" and Mr Amps) this is the most beautiful ride so far and an arduous climb was more than rewarded by a thrilling snaking descent into Beaujolais country.

Overall today has been a 130km storm-but-not-wind-free run from Beaune and despite runny noses from yesterday’s soaking, dodgy bowels and deep-set exhaustion we are all still standing – and speaking.

Sad to think tomorrow is our last day but these limbs deserve a break.

Click here to sponsor Patrick as he aims to complete his epic 600km challenge from Champagne to Hermitage.

Patrick Schmitt, 09.06.2011

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