Now to see if the fix was successful, but we are at least on the start line and if you are going to have a problem, the day before a rest day is the best day to have it. Sadly we are leaving Novosibirsk without having seen much of the city but we are waved off in the sunshine by an enthusiastic crowd, a starting point under a decorated arch and cheerleaders. Then the assistance of baton waving policemen on each of the early corners to get us on the correct route out of town. Today is a long day, in fact the longest in terms of mileage, of mostly tarmac roads to help to eat into the vastness that is Russia. The departure is the highlight as the terrain is flat and mostly unchanging and the road is very straight.

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