On the day we completed our circuit in 4 hrs 45 mins 4 seconds narrowly missing the course record. It was disappointing not to be up there on the leader board but we were on bicycles and we did stop for a cup of tea half way round. This said our maximum speed was an impressive 40.9mph so whilst we were slow up the hills we didn't hang around going down the other side.
On our return to Peel we completed the first ever stretch-rehydrate-dehydrate recovery session by going straight into the pub, ordering a pint of water and a pint of beer each and then stretching against the bar. I think this technique may catch on.