An early start made for some great clear views out across the vineyards as we dropped off the ridge for the first time.
The golden orbs presence was greatly appreciated - and at only just after 8, it was already required to shed the arm and leg warmers.
welcome sunshine meant the box-fresh white socks could come out free from stain fear. A true sign of a great start of summer ride.
There were some barren, shop free stretches, so its good to fill up as and when you can.
The riders rides:
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