Day One on the off-road version of the Ruta del Plata from Seville to El Real de la Jara is tough. It's longer than most of the stages, involves climbing out of the coastal plain into the mountains and once you get there they go up and down a lot. Adding insult to injury I took a wrong turn and went climbing up a gravel track for about 5km before I realised my mistake and headed back to the correct route. Including mistakes I've covered about 95km and climbed nearly 2000m. I’m totally wacked.
|The start, outside the cathedral in Seville|