The night before I had been chopping radishes for a nice veggie salad. Sadly, the salad turned out not to be veggie and I did a great impersonation of Macbeth.
The only way to do the ride was to cut off a finger from a pair of old gloves. I did get the odd look as my white bandaged finger poked out of a pair of black gloves!
Well worth it though. A route that reminded me happily of the now defunct Circuito del Mendip. Great roads, great company, great range of bikes and superbly organised. Definitely one for next year.