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Day 5 started in fantastic sunshine. Our hosts at the Bridge Cafe put on a delicious breakfast which included some home made bread and marmalade.
We were kindly given the use of their track pump to prepare our tyres for what we were expecting to be a day mostly on tarmac. Whilst preparing I found a puncture in my back wheel which would explain why my tyre had needed topping up a few times since day 3 !
After swapping inner tubes and applying liberal amounts of suncream we were ready for the off
From Brecon we began following the Usk and rode along a nice canal for a little bit
The Taff trail headed up towards a reservoir where again it got a little crowded with riders.
From the Tal y Bont reservoir the hill climb began. It was long and prolonged climb on a fairly gentle gradient. Was torture for my knee unfortunately. The others were churning through the miles however.
Just over halfway up the climb.... Carwyn had another puncture. Here's Joe enjoying another flapjack
Eventually and after ages. We reached the top. Here's a shot of us at the top of our last climb. All down hill from here :-
Pushing down the valley we headed towards Merthyr Tidfyl with lunch in mind.
Following lunch we had around 25 miles to go to Cardiff. Admittedly for a cycle track it was harder going than expected purely in terms that the trail just kept going.
This sign provided a welcome indication of how far we had to go
Was very hot in the afternoon so joe decided he needed to cool down :)
Crossing over the a470 a few times as we kept heading for Cardiff.
Approaching Cardiff and whilst going through the suburbs.. Conversation stopped as we became more and more determined just to get to the finish line.
We went through and over Bute Park bridge