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Arrived home in one piece. We assembled on the line in all our wet gear. Other than the rain, the weather was tolerable. I got into a nice bunch, and eventually the pack started working with the help of one rider. A few did not understand properly, and this created some tricky situations.

We were about 10km from Murchison when we got hit by a side wind. The group was split and nobody made an effort to close the gap. I went for it, hoping that I had some support, finishing up in no-mans land desperately trying to close the gap on my own.

Burnt, and on my own, eventually teaming up with a rider from Wanaka, we made the Greymouth turnoff. From here I struggled on my own with the very strong head and cross wind. I did however catch up to the Wanaka rider as he had stopped to fix his second puncture of the day about 2km from the line.

With the wind and the rain, the conditions did not make for an enjoyable ride. Time was approx 5hr 55min averaging 27kph


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