Today positivity was dominating everyone, however unfortunately that quickly disintegrated spectacularly once we joined the SS-106 which we assumed was adequate for cycling but was simply as hazardous as any road I have encountered. Mick’s Colnago C 60 was holding up brilliantly as expected and the only plus as it allowed Mick to pick up his cadence and make significant in-roads into the kilometres.
Pete Busby a member of the support crew was also riding solo and we later discovered he had to be escorted off the same road, with the police explaining it was in fact classed as a motorway and only above 140 cc were allowed, surprisingly Mick managed to complete the whole distance which was a crazy if slightly fortuitous achievement!
Finally with the tiresome tarmac behind us we headed into more rural surroundings, vibrant blooms occupied our senses. There we several climbs up to Massafra which took us through some stunning undulating countryside and within no time Mick had arrived at the finish location, which is recognised as ideal for sprinters. What became immediately obvious was the bizarre construction of the traditional houses dominated the horizon.