Singh of the Mountains

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Tough day in The Alps – Thun to Passo Gottardo

Today was the toughest day of my life. I have never done so much climbing before and that too in adverse weather conditions, with temperatures plummeting and a wind chill of zero degrees C in strong winds. 

The day was also marred with a serious injury when a rider came off on a descent and had to be airlifted to hospital. He has multiple vertebral fractures but his nervous system is intact. He should make a good recovery. Unfortunately as a result of this and the deteriorating weather the course for some of back riders was curtailed by about 10 miles.

Everyone is too knackered and upset at today’s events. 

Tomorrow starts with a tricky descent and then it is relatively flat all the way to Lugano. Till then I was going to leave you with some photos but they don’t seem to have loaded on to the iPad. Hopefully tomorrow.

It is still time to donate to Hope Against Cancer by sponsoring me for this challenge of my life. Please check sponsorship links in previous posts. xxx

6 thoughts on "Tough day in The Alps – Thun to Passo Gottardo"

  • Vivienne Rhodes says:

    How on earth do you have the energy to send such a descriptive blog after that ordeal? Sounds incredibly exhausting. We know you’ll finish though, and will deserve to bask in the glow of “I did it” for years to come, especially knowing that an excellent cause will benefit from this Herculean feat!

    Best wishes for a full recovery to the injured cyclist.


    Bill and Viv xx

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Guru Singh says:

      Thanks for your good wishes and am pleased to say that the injured cyclist in spite of two fractured vertebrae is making good progress and should be out of hospital soon. X

  • Helen Francis says:

    Oh so sorry to hear of fellow cyclists injury, hope he is ok. You are doing so well, not long to go now. Everyone supports you & wishes you well. Hope today has been a better day x

    • Guru Singh says:

      Thanks for your good wishes. The injured cyclist has two broken vertebrae but in a brace should be out of hospital soon. X

  • jncthedc says:

    Good luck on the rest of your trip. Stay safe.
    Please accept my apology, I have been in hospice with my mother and have not had time to communicate. She just passed yesterday evening and I am out of state helping with the arrangements. Will check out your site as I am able.
    Wishing you all the best.

    • Guru Singh says:

      Sorry to hear of your mother passing away. Deepest condolences. Tomorrow is the last day of riding and will keep your mother in my mind.

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