They warned us last night. They were right. An EPIC Chain day was on its way. Often we are warned of the day ahead just to make sure we go to bed at a reasonable time, if a touch of abject panic in our minds. This time we listened and we are glad we did. I wonder about New Zealand engineers and road makers. In all our Australian rides, we often find hills and mountains that reach a 10% gradient. In New Zealand, they bred the horses tough and made the roads up to 15-16%. And so, the modern day bike rides had to ride 4 tough hills (or Bergs) on our way from Thames to Pauanui.
But more of that later, as Day 3 was preceded by a dinner at the GBD Pub in Thames. “The Big Show” –the Lend Lease/White & Case team of 9, mostly very tall riders. Roger “the Penguin” Teale started with heartfelt words about his Chain journey, and how, after 9 rides, Chain really is a family to him (and many others). His words resonated with the group, whether newbie or hardened Chain Pro. Once the members of the team had been introduced, the team presented the daily jerseys to the worthwhile recipients. The Black Mercedes jersey to old stager and resident comedian, Andrew MacMillan, the Green to Tom Davis, the white jersey to Craig Bass, and the polka Dot to Marcus Ryan. The drum then commenced for the presentation of Slattery Yellow jersey to Ben Griffiths, the instigator and recruiter of the new Henley team. Our new member to the family has raised over $279,000 and Ben personally has raised just shy of $10,000.