Day two: A victory for Victor!

Last minute route change!

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Day two saw the riders leave Burgos, the historic capital of Castile, and head into the wine region of Ribera del Duero, across wide open plateaus which hid some torturous uphill climbs. In the heart of the Ribera del Duero region lies Bodegas La Horra, a second property belonging to Bodegas Roda. A much deserved break for lunch and small sampling of the wines was enjoyed.

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Heading for Valladolid, it was after a heroic 175 kilometres of riding that our guest rider, Victor Charcan of Bodegas Roda, finished his cycle. This makes him the longest surviving guest rider of all 8 Mentzendorff Charity Rides, so huge congratulations to Victor – especially considering he hadn’t even seen the bike he was riding prior to the tour, let alone spent months training!

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Fueled on by last night’s dinner of roast suckling lamb (thank you Phil Brown), the riders now face a dash for the Portuguese border…

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