There’s definitely a touch of the new boy in school feeling about joining a group of cyclists who are already well immersed in this tour. There are 40 ‘lifers’ undertaking all 21 stages and whilst the likes of you, dear reader, might be impressed by my attempt to get through 3 consecutive stages, I imagined that my new peers here would be harder to impress. Those fears were put to rest however during the course of dinner and there is a remarkably inclusive and friendly feel to the whole Tour de Force adventure and all those taking part regardless of the length of their stay. Which is probably just as well because rooming arrangements this evening are best described as ‘cosy’ (there are three of us sleeping in the room pictured below) although arriving before the other riders got in did at least enable me get first pick of the bed in the ‘dorm’. Let’s hope it doesn’t earn me a wedgie.