Cycle Slam stage 3 approaches
- By Jack Preston -
- May 03, 2012
The Cycle Slam competitors are today enjoying a well-earned rest, following a gruelling few days in the saddle on the Italian Riviera Stage 2 of their journey. Earlier in the week the riders completed the longest day ride of the challenge, as they took on a 183km cycle through Italy.
When the riders get back on their bikes tomorrow they will, hopefully, be joined by Sam Branson who is currently heading to meet up with the rest of the Virgin Media Cycle Slam team. “Heading off to the airport for the Cycle Slam. Nervous and Excited! 1500km, climbing twice the height of Everest. Italy to London - Yikes!”
Although the trip hasn’t got off to the best of starts, as Sam went onto explain on Twitter: “Forgot my passport at home. Monkey! Finally on the plane. Good start! Ha.” Like father like son!
Beginning tomorrow, Stage 3 – Strade Bianche, will see the team head along the Mediterranean coastline from the medieval city of Puccini. The stage will see five days of riding with a total distance of over 350 miles, as the riders head high into the mountains.
Some impressive stats have already been clocked up on the journey, with 603,356 meters climbed, 406 punctures suffered, 1,994,790 calories burned and a staggering 81,119 kilometres ridden.
Images courtesy of Rob Cox Photography