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Hungary

Starting in Balatonalmadi and ending in Zalakaros, day 3 traverses Hungary for yet another 107-mile cycle. Skirting Lake Batalon, the route ranges from volcanic hills to urban sprawl, ascending 1287 metres.

1287M
107 miles
17°C
Hungary: Looping around the Batalon, the foursome will be contending with a series of hill climbs, descends and flat riding.

Journey Update

Headwinds, rain and the small matter of 110 miles of cycling: yesterday’s ride promised to be quite the test for our fund-raising quartet. They would be tackling the journey from Bratislava to Lake Balaton in the heart of Hungary - and this is how they got on.

The first hurdle for Miles was to make it past the hotel staff on duty at the breakfast bar in the hotel – the dress code not allowing for “athletic clothing” apparently. Miles’s protests that he was in no way an “athlete” initially fell on deaf ears. However the sight of Olly, in full Dayglo liquorice allsort attire, gleefully tucking into the croissants and cold meats soon convinced the staff that they could make an exception, given the good causes involved.

Having navigated their way out of Bratislava through the rush hour traffic, the boys headed south to the border with Hungary, complete with atmospheric Cold War era border posts crumbling into the weeds.

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The challengers pass into their 4th country.

The first stop for a well-earned brew coincided with the not-so-welcome return of Olly’s obsession with lubrication. Keen followers of Park Leisure’s charity challenges will be well aware of the proud Yorkshireman’s predilection for greasing his moving parts. In Olly’s world, if it moves it needs greasing, and it’s never a pretty sight for the rest of the team or any unfortunate onlookers when he decides to break out the lube!

It was a much more welcome sight that greeted all involved in the picturesque city of Gyor at about 11am having covered 45 miles, a suitable spot for a photo opportunity with the ornate Town Hall buildings in the background.

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A quick spot of sightseeing at the Győr Town Hall, Győr, Hungary.

As the day wore on, both the weather and the terrain deteriorated. The promised rain arrived at about noon, coinciding with the first big hills of this year’s tour. Undeterred, our heroes battled on to their lunch stop in Veszpremvarasany (I think). The menu was about as unpronounceable as one of Miles’ complaints about the skill levels of the local truck drivers, whose idea of leaving a safe gap to the cyclists was about the width of one of their cigarette papers.

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A spot of hard-earned lunch.

Talking of which, the “Neg Box” saw some action today, with scores as follows:
James: 1 (Miles asked for an energy tablet for his water bottle, to which James replied with some venom, “They’re not ****ing sweets, you know!”)

Gary: 0 (Unbelievable, I know, but “I love rain and wind, me.”)

Olly: 1 (Tried to avoid negativity when soaking wet and freezing cold by going and sitting in the drivers seat of the support truck, which set off…)

Miles: 18! (Well, what did you expect, it was wet, cold and windy. The bear was not impressed.)

Sean: 1 (Telling Olly that there were at least 3 other seats in the car which weren’t going to be occupied in the next ten minutes!)


So that’s an impressive £420 in Neg Box fines from the awesome foursome today. Let’s hope tomorrow’s forecast of dry weather and a fairly flat route through Hungary along the banks of Lake Balaton to Zalakaros keeps the boys in good humour and the fines to a minimum (for the sake of their wallets at least!).

Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow as the guys head through Hungary on their way to Croatia – keep supporting us with whatever donation you can, and thank you for your support.

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Stage 1: Czech Republic to Slovakia

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Stage 3: Hungary

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