DAY 5 – AM. ADELAIDE'S BEST
It was an abridged version of Adelaide's Best Ride, shortened for safety reason because of the extreme South Australian heat. But there was no respite at the Chateau with a day packed full of fun and frolics. Those who braved the heat would be rewarded.
Gorge Road, shaded, flooded with dappled light and as beautiful as always offered some solace from the scorching sun, but after that, it was a test of perseverance – for both those on the bike and back at base. There are no good words to describe conditions that exceed 40 degrees, when the water in your bidons resembles lukewarm tea and your eyeballs feel like they're on fire every time you descend. The one advantage being the roads were quiet. Those who had not chosen to take part in the Black Sheep & Specialized festivities for the day were in the safety of their air-conditioned hotels, watching the professionals suffer in their 140k slog to Victor Harbour.