ENDURANCE cyclist Chris Wilby is relaxing after another tough challenge.
The 54-year-old Marsden rider joined hundreds on the MGM (Madrid Gijon Madrid) 1,200km ride in its second year.
The riders started from Madrid over the Pico’s mountains into Basque country and in soaring heat of over 40°C to Gijon and back to Madrid within 90 hours including any sleep.
The ride attracts riders from Australia, UK, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, but mainly Spanish.
The route is split into stages between 50 and 100km with refreshments and some sleep at the end of each stage.
Wilby said: “At one point we set off at 10pm and cycled through the night to the first stage at Atienza 107km.
“I noticed riders adding extra layers of clothing which was for the descents ahead. One man was putting on a balaclava, so I put on Long Johns and long sleeved top on.
“I was close to shivering on the descents. After the worst descent through torrential rain I stopped at the first café and walked to their kitchen to warm up against the stove. Well, it was an emergency.”