We headed down A99 to Wick for our first stop of gels bars and energy drinks, thirst quench we cycled on down towards the almighty Berriedale Braes which put hairs on the chests, the 13% up hill was our first real test, that had the legs pumping and caused the air to be filled with multiple expletives.
53 miles in it was time for Lunch and La Mirage in Helmsdale which had come highly recommended, on closer inspection it had some pretty hairy looking locals but some world class Fish and Chips!
Down through Brora the group was splintering out into several mini pelotons, and with the wind easing off a little we got into our rhythm as the miles clicked past. Our afternoon refuel of tea and scones was well received as a shower came and went we were glad to be in out of the rain.
On the home stretch down to Tain we wound the legs and got some speed up and knocked out the last few miles over the Dornoch Firth and into Edderton Inn.
1st Day done, 86 miles travelled, tired but happy, time for bed.