Stage 1 started off easy enough- in fact, the race director threatened to pull us all from the field at the 30km mark if the pace got any more pedestrian. (The phrase 'if you just want to have fun, go home now' made me giggle a bit, but then I realised that put me in serious danger of having fun so I put my race face on again)
The fun soon stopped once the hills started. The main climb was at 69km and that was the main selection, with Ruth and Vicki setting off, then Ruth solo, and me around 8th wheel.
I finished in the front bunch of 15-20 girls, very happy, as did another teammate, Alex, even better. But if tomorrow is as hard as today, we are in for a long week.