After going under N2 we barreled along some farm roads and single-tracks, through mostly cattle and game farms. Riding on district roads was very limited compared to yesterday and the numerous small river crossings caused a bit of laughter here and there. Particularly when Jenna plunged into a rather deep and dodgy-looking one and had to rinse her shoes off in a cleaner stream in the Bergsig Game Farm.
There were a number of short but very punchy climbs on the route, along with great and sometimes technical single-track in the last 10km before heading through town to the finish at Milkwood Primary.
While stage 2 may have been shorter than yesterday it was much tougher owing to the wind and testing terrain. Looking back it wasn’t the elevation gain but rather the slow rolling surfaces and wind that wreaked havoc with the field, resulting in small clusters of groups working together to save energy.