After an excellent meal last night at the Novotel in Amiens, spirits were high for today’s short 71 mile ride. However, these feelings were soon dampened by the downpour that awaited us. Some of us are also now having real problems with the parts of our anatomy that are in most contact with the bike!

The day started with plusieurs de pleut!

The day started with plusieurs de pleut!

The rain spurred us on to make good progress and then it stopped about 10 miles in. It was very cloudy for a while but this was eventually replaced by sunshine. There were a few decent hills and some gorgeous scenery. It’s also a bit unfair of the French to keep hiding hills around bends so you can’t see them!

The weather got better as they day went on and some people needed a break!

The weather got better as they day went on and some people needed a break!

The lead group arrived in Chantilly about half past 3 local time and I pipped Gareth for the yellow jersey on the line! Only 30 odd miles to do now and we’ve made it. A great effort and a great bunch of people to do this challenge with. Email me if you want to join in next year!